5 Amazing Health Benefits Of Peanuts That Are Sure To Impress

Did you know peanut is not exactly a nut but a legume? Did you also know that the legume is used in both sweet and savoury preparations across India and abroad? Did you also know that it is a treasure trove of health benefits that could give many superfoods a run for their money?  

Growing up in India, one of our fondest memories associated with peanut or groundnut is snacking on it, while we sat out in our terrace to soak in some winter sun. The most tedious job was obviously to rip it open, but we figured our own sweet ways to get done with it sooner, and let’s admit it. The inimitable crunch of peanuts and its mildly sweet taste, more than made up for it.  

Here are a few health benefits you perhaps had no idea about.

1. Good source of protein

Peanuts are a very good source of plant-based protein. If you a vegan trying to spruce up your salad or stew, peanuts can help.

2. Good for digestion

Peanuts are loaded with fibre too that helps regulating bowel movement and improve digestion

3. Good For Heart

Peanuts are packed with potassium that helps keep your blood pressure in check, additionally it is also a good source of antioxidants.

4. Storehouse of multiple minerals

The fact that peanuts has so many benefits for your overall health has to do with the fact that it is replete with a range of minerals such as potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, calcium, sodium, iron, zinc.

5. Source of healthy fats

Peanuts are very good source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, that are much more beneficial than trans-fats and saturated fats. These ‘good fats’ are essential in keeping bad cholesterol at bay and your heart in good shape. They are also effective in giving your skin a natural glow.

Since peanuts are slightly high in calories, it is best to consume them in moderation to enjoy all its health benefits.