Groundnuts: Have you underrated them?

When speaking about nuts, peanuts are the most underrated out of the whole lot. More commonly known as groundnuts in India, these nuts are the most abundantly consumed snacks throughout the country. Moreover, various other products such as peanut butter, groundnut oil etc. are also produced using these multifarious nuts. Peanuts harvested just before the onset of winters, are made readily available in packets, and also sold in loose by street peddlers. They have excellent heat retention quality which in turn helps the body in maintaining the required warmth during winters.

Most of us are unaware its health benefits, so today let’s get to know the importance of the most common and basic nut – the Groundnut.!

Nutritional Information:
Every 100 grams of peanut contains:
Calories – 567
Protein – 25.8 g
Carbs – 16.1 g
Sugar – 4.7 g
Fiber – 8.5 g
Fat – 49.2 g

Health Benefits:
1. Rich source of antioxidants
Antioxidants help protect the body from oxidative stress, which occurs in cases of various cancers and diseases. They are powerful substances, which prohibit, the oxidation of other molecules in the body.

2. Heart-healthy fats
Groundnut contains monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that keep the heart healthy. This is beneficial to the heart because a good level of both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, help to lower blood cholesterol levels as well as reducing the risk of coronary heart diseases.

3. Protein rich nuts
Nutritionists always include peanut in the diet chart for the patients who are protein deficient. Protein helps in repairing damaged cells and creating new cells.

4. Rich source of minerals
Groundnut is a rich source of minerals. And some of these minerals include magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, calcium, sodium, etc. Adequate supply of these minerals ensure a healthy heart as well as minimizing the risk of mineral deficient diseases.

So, next time when you pop some peanuts, get to know their importance too..!
Wishing all a healthy and happy snacking session..