If you know me, you know how much I love peanut butter!
Today we talk about peanuts.
Peanuts are not actually a nut but they are legumes, they’re related to beans, lentils, and soy and not to nuts.
100g of raw peanuts contain:
- 570 kcal
- 16g of carbs
- 8g of fiber
- 26g of protein
- 50g of fats, mostly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated
Peanuts are very energetic, high in healthy mono and poly unsaturated fats and they are a good source of plant-based protein.
Peanuts are an excellent source of various vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B1 and B3, folate, vitamin E, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Manganese and Copper.
They contain antioxidants such as resveratrol and isoflavones. They are a source of phytosterols, which impair the absorption of cholesterol from your digestive tract, helping to lower blood cholesterol.
They also contain phytic acid that may impair the absorption of minerals.
Bottom line: peanuts are an excellent plant-based source of protein and high in various vitamins, minerals, and plant compounds. They can be useful as a part of a weight loss diet and may reduce your risk of heart disease.