Varied Health Benefits of Peanuts

<h2>Peanuts Battle Diabetes Type 2</h2>

Given that the salted peanut is the no. 1 most popular nut snack for Americans, it is always good to learn about additional health benefits it offers.  A recent report in the Health News Digest taken from a Diabetes Care issue, has found that by consuming two ounces of nuts (like peanuts) instead of another carbohydrate on a daily basis, blood glucose control and blood lipids can be improved for people who suffer from Type 2 diabetes.

Indeed, according to one expert, David Jenkins, MD, PhD, DSc, “nuts, including peanuts, can make a valuable contribution to the diabetic diet by displacing high glycemic index carbohydrates and replacing them with vegetable fats and vegetable proteins which have been shown in the long term to be associated with better cardiovascular health and diabetes prevention.”

<h2>Protein-Packed Peanuts</h2>

But for those not battling diabetes, can the yummy snack also be beneficial?  Apparently so.  Peanuts have a significant amount more of protein than any other nut and also provide substantial amounts of mono and polyunsaturated oils.  According to the report, “increased proportions of fat and protein, especially of plant origin, may confer metabolic benefits and reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease and diabetes.”

<h2>Anti-Oxidant Rich</h2>

Another great reason to eat peanuts is that research has also revealed that they are very high in antioxidants, possibly even more so than a lot of fruits.  Indeed, for those eating the roasted variety, they can enjoy them in the knowledge that they have more antioxidants than even blackberries, strawberries, carrots and beets with their high levels of antioxidant polyphenols.

So it seems like there are many reasons to enjoy the nutty snack. It’s true that peanuts are high in calories, but if eaten in moderation, research has also revealed that they can help control weight as they significantly curb hunger.

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