10 Reasons to Eat Peanuts

Faryal Panhwar Mar 25 2015

In Pakistan, peanuts are most commonly used in the form of a roasted snack. Also known as groundnuts, due to their origin from the ground, peanuts are available round the year to please your taste buds and give you ample nutrition. Here are some of the most popular health benefits of peanuts:

Stacked with Nutrients

Peanuts are crammed with biotin and constitute a rich source of Copper, Vitamin B1 and B3, Manganese, Folate, Vitamin E, Phosphorus and protein. Instead of munching on an airy bag of chips, munch on peanuts instead. They’re not at all fattening!

Peanuts for your Heart

Peanuts are jam-packed with monounsaturated fatty acids. They aid in lowering the bad cholesterol in the body and add to the pool of the good cholesterol. Hence, their role in the prevention of coronary heart disease is imperative.

Peanuts for Growth and Development

As aforementioned, peanuts are crammed with proteins which enhance the growth and development of humans.

Antioxidants in Peanuts

The high content of antioxidants does a good job at protecting the body from free radical damage. When boiled, the antioxidants in peanuts become even more active.

antiocides in peanuts

Peanuts for Skin

The Vitamin E in peanuts maintains the integrity of the skin and mucous membranes providing adequate protection from free radical damage.

Peanuts for Weight Loss

Studies have suggested that those who consume peanuts at least twice a week are less susceptible to weight gain and obesity than those who don’t. If you like peanut better, don’t shy away from having it with a slice or two every morning.

Peanuts for Healthy Babies

If you eat peanuts before or during early pregnancy, there is a great chance of marked reduction of neural tube defects in the child.

Peanuts for Depression

Decreased levels of serotonin lead to decreased happiness and depression. The tryptophan in peanuts increases the release of serotonin relieving you from depression.

Peanuts for Beauty

Besides satisfying hunger pangs, peanuts serve as great contributors to healthy, smooth and glowing skin. They bring about this effect through the following ways:

Fiber in peanuts helps rid the body of toxins and waste. Toxins reflect on the skin manifesting as dullness, excess oil and breakouts. Regularly eating peanuts will help flush out all toxins and give you a healthy luscious look.

Some of the major aging concerns include wrinkling, loss in skin elasticity and discoloration. The Vitamin C in peanuts helps combat this loss by aiding in the production of collagen. Collagen is required for sustenance of tendons, skin and cartilage.

The beta-carotene component in peanuts further adds to the Vitamin A pool in the body. Vitamin A promotes faster healing of wounds and bruises.

Peanuts for Hair

Omega 3 fatty acids present in peanuts greatly help in strengthening scalp hair. Peanuts are a warehouse of these healthy fatty acids. Peanuts contain a hair promoting agent (especially for males) larginine. This amino acid has proven helpful in treating male pattern baldness.

Peanuts are an all-in-one treat! They contain the nutrients that are important for essential metabolic processes for the body along with keeping you healthy and hunger free. We highly recommend that you always keep a jar of these amazing treats around you- be it at home or at work. Snacking up on nuts is better than any other alternative!

Faryal Panhwar

Faryal Panhwar:

Faryal is currently a second year M.B.B.S student at Ziauddin University. She is an active participate in the Model UN where her passion for debate has received her several delegate awards. Seeking to discover the writer in herself Faryal is now working as a freelance writer for HTV.