Thursday, 27 February 2014

10 Best Health Benefits of Peanuts - M.M.Mithaiwala

Reduces risk of heart disease: 
70% of the urban Indian population is at risk of heart disease. This is an alarming percentage and the factors responsible are sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy eating habits and stress. Peanuts are rich in monosaturated fats and oleic acid which makes it good for your heart. Eat a handful every day, to keep heart disease at bay! 

Prevents cancer: 
Peanuts have high concentration of a form of phytosterol called beta-sisterol which inhibits tumor growth, thus preventing you from having a deadly disease like cancer. Research has also linked the consumption of peanuts to a decreased risk of colon cancer. 

Boosts memory: 
Vitamin B3 and niacin present in peanuts can boost your memory. Additionally, a flavonoid called reservatol can help in improving blood flow to the brain by 30%! 

Helps in fighting depression: 
Depression is caused due to a lack of serotonin secretion in the brain. Peanuts have tryptophan which help release serotonin helping you fight depression. 

Great for pregnant women: 
Pregnant women are often confused about what they should eat. Peanuts could be a great option since a study has found that children whose mothers ate nuts (including peanuts) during pregnancy can decrease the risk of allergic diseases like asthma in children. 

Good for growing children: 
What a child eats in his/her growing years will lay the foundation for his entire life! Peanuts are a good source of protein and have amino acids present in them which promotes growth. 

Eliminates toxins: 
Peanuts are loaded with fiber which helps in flushing out the excess toxins from your body making it great for your skin. Toxins are responsible for breakouts, excess oil on our skin. Additionally, peanuts have Vitamin C and Vitamin E which prevents wrinkles and signs of ageing. 

Prevents gall stones: 
According to a study conducted over 20 years, eating just one ounce of peanuts every week can reduce the risk of developing gallstones by 25%. The study was conducted on 80,000 women making the results all the more convincing! 

Prevents hair loss: 
Vitamin C present in peanuts help in the production of collagen, which keeps the tissues in our hair together. They also have l-arginine which is used in treating male pattern baldness and omega 3 fatty acids which strengthens our hair follicles and promotes hair growth. 

Helps in losing weight: 
Peanuts are rich in fiber which means that eating peanuts before your meal can leave you feeling fuller and make you eat lesser. They also are good sources of energy and helpful in increasing your metabolic rate. Not only this, peanuts are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which makes you feel energetic! 

Tip: According to a research published in Journal of agricultural and food chemistry, boiling peanuts can improve their antioxidant concentration.
So, the next time you see a vendor selling peanuts, make sure to grab a handful. However, some people are allergic to peanuts and peanut products and if you have food allergies, it is better if you avoid them.

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Source: the health site

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