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How much peanuts a day keeps the doctor away?

March 19, 2015


Nuts have been long avoided because of their high fat content. But after repeated findings people who eat almonds, pecans, or walnuts are promised to live longer, the attitude towards nuts changed. So have the prices, which almost doubled in the last five years. Luckily, there is a more affordable alternative.

Several tests included peanuts, more accessible replacement, many consider as the modest intruder into the nutty world. Botanically sort of legumes, but nutritionally very similar to tree nuts, peanuts are often associated with unhealthy lifestyles, like drinking and eating sweets. Yet some scientists doubted this modest pseudo nut could bring the same effects as the precious originals that grow on trees, so they put it to the test. It turned out 200,000 people from all walks of life from US to China prove them wrong. Those who regularly ate peanuts were substantially less likely to have a heart attack or died of any other cause during a period of five years the research took place.

How much peanuts a day keeps the doctor away? An ounce (28 g) or roughly a small handful is generally considered a healthy portion. Lovers of peanut butter, however will be disappointed to hear, the sugar in their bellowed spread diminishes all the benefits of this nutty legume.


From → Hic Salta

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