Written By Sam Henselijn
Health Benefits Eating Peanuts. The history of peanuts as a global food is reflective of our history. Even though peanuts are grown in many tropical and subtropical regions of the world, it actually originated in South America. As early as 3,500 years ago, it was part of the diet of the indigenous peoples of modern day Brazil and Peru. Spanish explorers appreciated this new world food crop enough to bring it back with them upon their return to Europe. Later, commercial traders brought this crop to Asia and Africa. During the 1700s, peanuts were then brought to North America from Africa on slave ships. Originally regarded as a food for the poor, it did not gain wide popularity until after the Civil War.
Spanish, Virginia, Runner and Valencia are the varieties of peanuts grown in the United States.
Despite their name, peanuts are unrelated to tree nuts. As a legume, they’re related to beans, lentils, and soy. Peanuts grow underground, unlike walnuts, almonds and other nuts that grow on trees.
There are many health benefits attributed to eating peanuts, including helping to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes, depression, the development of gallstones, and stomach cancer. Eating peanuts also reduces the risk of stroke, improves memory, promotes healthy skin, contributes to a healthy pregnancy, and heart health.
Health Benefits Eating Peanuts
Helps Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in adults, characterized by insulin insensitivity. Peanuts provide the micronutrient manganese, which promotes fat and carbohydrate metabolism, allowing more glucose to enter muscle and liver cells, helping to stabilize blood sugar levels.
Helps Prevent Development of Gallstones
Peanuts have a high proportion of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, which help to reduce blood cholesterol levels of the “bad” cholesterol, LDL, and raise the amount of “good” cholesterol, or HDL.
This is due to the presence of niacin and the antioxidant
resveratrol in peanuts, which improves blood flow to the brain and also possesses strong antioxidant abilities. Resveratrol is being studied for its ability to prevent neurodegenerative brain diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s as well.
Now, don’t forget to order some L’Orenta Boston Baked Beans peanuts! They have a pleasantly sweet flavor with a peanut crunch and a slight vanilla note. L’Orenta’s Boston Baked Beans are available in jumbo size—that way you get even more crunchy and sweet coated peanuts in every bite.
Helps to Prevent Depression
Suppressed production of serotonin is a major contributing factor to the diagnosis of depression. Peanuts contain the amino acid tryptophan, which is necessary for the synthesis of serotonin.
One easy way to feel great is by enjoying a handful of L’Orenta’s Double Dipped Peanuts, dipped—not once, but twice!—in high-quality velvety smooth milk chocolate for the ultimate crunchy and sweet sensation.
Helps With Weight Loss
Though peanuts are calorie heavy, eating a moderate amount may actually promote weight loss. How? Peanuts are loaded with protein and fiber. Both of these nutrients have appetite suppressing effects, so having a few peanuts as a snack between meals can actually satisfy your sweet tooth and kill other food cravings you may be having.
Instead of opting for a starvation diet, try a handful of L’Orenta’s Gourmet roasted peanuts, salted to perfection and packed without the skin so you can indulge in the raw goodness inside.
Promote Healthy Skin
Peanuts are rich in vitamin E and various B vitamins, which help
to preserve skin health. Plus, the fat content of peanuts help skin cells to strengthen their cell membranes, the barrier that prevents excessive water loss.
Instead of opting for that expensive moisturizer, try a handful of L’Orenta Roasted, Salted Peanuts with Skin. They’re the perfect low carb snack that’s also nutrient-rich in plant based fats for healthy skin .
Helps Prevent Stomach Cancer
Peanuts also possess numerous compounds known as polyphenols, many of which are antioxidants. One antioxidant in particular, p-coumaric acid, is a compound that reduces the formation of toxic nitrogen based compounds in the stomach, known as nitrosamines.
Nitrosamines production comes from the consumption of nitrates used to preserve smoked meats,
Contributes To A Healthy Pregnancy
During pregnancy, general nutritional requirements increase significantly, with certain nutrients being in even higher demand. Among these are folic acid, which is plentiful in peanuts. Folic acid prevents neural tube defects.
When you are in the mood for a healthy, sweet crunchy snack, try L’Orenta’s crispy french burnt peanuts. A delectable mix of sweet and savory that will keep you coming back for more time and time again!
Promotes The Well-Being Of Your Heart
Peanuts contribute to heart health, because they include healthy fats, resveratrol and numerous other micro minerals that facilitate optimal function. They also contain nutrients that reduce the constrictive potential of the blood vessels, while helping to clear cholesterol.
Also an excellent source of copper. Even mild copper deficiency may contribute to higher risk of cardiovascular disease, while consuming sufficient amounts of copper may lower levels of harmful LDL cholesterol. A quarter-cup serving of peanuts contains 47% of the recommended daily value for the mineral
FAQ about eating Peanuts
What are peanuts?
Despite their name, peanuts are legumes related to beans, lentils, and soy, not tree nuts. They grow underground and are native to South America, widely consumed globally for their health benefits.
Where do peanuts originate from?
Peanuts originally come from South America and were part of the diet of indigenous peoples in modern-day Brazil and Peru as early as 3,500 years ago. They were later spread globally by Spanish explorers, commercial traders, and through the transatlantic slave trade, eventually gaining popularity worldwide.
What varieties of peanuts are grown in the United States?
The United States grows several varieties of peanuts, including Spanish, Virginia, Runner, and Valencia types, each with its unique properties and uses.
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