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12 benefits of peanuts to face the winter

Peanuts (or peanuts) are a food very protein, but also notably caloric, so much so that we often see only this second aspect, without considering the others functional elements that contain.

Surely it is not a food to be consumed in massive quantities, but its introduction into our daily diet can bring many benefits. Before understanding which ones, let’s try to make a quick excursus on its history and characteristics.

Originating from South America, but cultivated today in different parts of the world, are the fruits of a herbaceous plant, theArachis hypogaea, belonging to the Fabaceae family.

Rarely eaten raw, peanuts generally are prefer toasted (salted or not), in the form of peanut cream or butter – a food, this, made famous by Hollywood films – or consumed in fried food in the form of peanut oil.

Curiosity: sources not fully accredited attribute the authorship of peanut butter to a pharmacist from Saint Louis, George A. Bayle jr., who created it as a protein substitute for meat, then a very expensive food and not accessible to many families of the lower classes. However, it was Marcellus Gilmore Edson, of Montreal, Quebec, who patented the recipe in 1884. Later Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, a physicist committed to helping patients eat more plant-based protein, obtained a special license on the method for its production.

While many wouldn’t say it, despite the crunchy texture, high fat content, and good vitamin E presence, peanuts aren’t technically nuts or oil seeds, but belong to the legume family (legumes) and are therefore cousins ​​of foods such as beans, lentils and chickpeas.

Although very caloric – they provide 567 calories per 100 grams – they are excellent sources of vegetable protein, fiber, B vitamins and potassium. Furthermore, the presence of fats (mainly monounsaturated) helps to limit the glycemic index.

Research has identified numerous elements found in peanuts and their husks that they could add health benefits, if integrated with basic nutrition. In fact, all the bioactive components have been recognized as preventing various diseases. Some are antioxidants, while others promote longevity. For this reason, peanuts have been included in the group of functional foods.

This nutritional richness is especially suitable for those who need a very caloric and high nutritional value diet, such as children, whose organism is growing, or to sportsmen, that need a lot of ready-to-use energy.

The consumption of this food can however be expected as part of any well-considered diet, according to a quantity that takes into account the caloric needs of each individual, in relation to the beneficial effects that derive from it for the body, especially in a period that puts him to the test like winter.

What specifically are these benefits? Discover them in the gallery above.

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