Peanuts Nutrition Facts
Peanuts are source of at least two important nutrients which are good for your health: fat and protein. Because of their high content in fat (up to 50%), they can be classified as oilseeds—like sunflower seeds and flax seeds—and stand an interesting source of polyunsaturated fat. Unlike trans fats (the unhealthy fat found in processed foods), it is a type of dietary fat which can benefit your health when consumed with moderation. Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are found in some plant and animal foods, such as vegetable oils, salmon and some nuts.
It is important to eat some fat. Why? It gives your body energy. When you exercise, your body burns calories you’ve got from carbohydrates you ate. After 20 minutes exercising, your body depends on calories from fat in order to keep you going. Another good reason is the fatty acids your body gets from the food you eat, which are essentials in keeping your brain function.
Peanuts are also a rich plant-based source of protein (about 30%), the main building blocks of our body, and low in carb (carbohydrates). This nutrient is an important source of energy and absorbed by our body in the form of glucose (blood sugar). Because peanut has low carb content, it represents a smart choice for people with diabetes.
Groundnuts are also an excellent source of a number of vitamins and minerals too, including vitamin E (a powerful antioxidant), biotin (very important during pregnancy), phosphorus and magnesium.