Great Health Benefits for Peanuts
They taste great shelled, boiled or smashed up into peanut butter, but peanuts tend to get a bad health rap. In reality, nuts are a healthful and sensible snack in moderation. They contain about 15 percent of your daily protein needs, plus folate, vitamin E, niacin, vitamin B6, and many other vitamins and minerals. Peanuts contain mainly polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which lower levels of bad cholesterol in the blood. These fats and protein also help you to feel full and satisfied, which goes a long way when you're dieting. Peanuts even contain resveratrol, the antioxidant present in red wine that acts as a blood anticoagulant, reducing blood clots and stroke risk. This is great news, especially for non-drinkers -- and kids, of course. Unfortunately, all that healthful fat is still high-calorie fat, so moderation is key if you're dieting.