- A good source of monounsaturated fats,
- Contain potassium, thiamine, niacin, vitamin E, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, selenium, and zinc.
- Common allergy triggers
- Molds can contaminate peanuts and produce cancer-causing aflatoxins
Despite its name, the preanut is not actually a nut. It is pulse and belongs to the legume family along with lentils and beans, The peanut, while grown in tropical and subtropical regions throughout the world, is native to the Western Hemisphere. It is believed that the first peanut plants were found in the Andean lowlands of south America. Today peanuts ae found in a wide variety of products and are part of many cuisines around the world.
CAUTION : Refrigerate or freeze shelled nuts , their oil quickly turns rancid, Never use peanuts that are moldy or have an "off" taste; molds that grown on peanuts create aflatoxins, substances that cause liver cancer.
NUTS HAVE SUPERFOODS STATUS
Research has shown that peanuts may reduce the risk of theart disease when consumed regularly. A recent study found regular consumption of foods rich in monounsaturated fat such as peanuts, peanut butter, and olive oil (along with a diet low in saturated fat) decreassed total cholesterol by 10 percent, LDL cholesterol by 14 percent, and overall risk for heart disease by 21 percent, Large-population studies, such as the physicians Health study and the low a women's Health study have shown a relationship between cardioprotective benefits and peanut and nut consumption..