Did you know that peanuts (Arachis hypogea) technically are not categorized as nuts and belong to the legume family?

And while you can have them as you like (roasted, salted or as peanut butter), make sure you include peanuts in your diet as they are packed with protein, fats, and various other nutrients that are beneficial for your health.

Peanuts contain resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant, that can reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease.[1] Despite being high in fat, research says that peanuts do not contribute to weight gain as opposed to the popular notion that they increase weight. Observational studies show that peanut consumption can help maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of obesity.[2,3,4,5]

Peanuts For Heart Disease
Heart disease is the most common cause of premature death globally.

Studies show that consuming peanuts can protect against heart disease.[5,6,7] They contain a number of heart-healthy nutrients such as niacin, copper, magnesium, oleic acid, and various antioxidants which are good for the heart.[8,9,10,11]

How To Take It

  • Eat seven to eight peanuts daily to reduce your risk of heart disease.

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2. Moreno JP, Johnston CA, El-Mubasher AA, Papaioannou MA, Tyler C, Gee M, Foreyt JP. Peanut consumption in adolescents is associated with improved weight status. Nutr Res. 2013 Jul;33(7):552-6. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2013.05.005. Epub 2013 Jun 15. PubMed PMID: 23827129.

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6. Hu FB, Stampfer MJ, Manson JE, Rimm EB, Colditz GA, Rosner BA, Speizer FE, Hennekens CH, Willett WC. Frequent nut consumption and risk of coronary heart disease in women: prospective cohort study. BMJ. 1998 Nov 14;317(7169):1341-5. PubMed PMID: 9812929; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC28714.

7. Li TY, Brennan AM, Wedick NM, Mantzoros C, Rifai N, Hu FB. Regular consumption of nuts is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease in women with type 2 diabetes. J Nutr. 2009 Jul;139(7):1333-8. doi: 10.3945/jn.108.103622. Epub 2009 May 6. PubMed PMID: 19420347; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2696988.

8. Nath R. Copper deficiency and heart disease: molecular basis, recent advances and current concepts. Int J Biochem Cell Biol. 1997 Nov;29(11):1245-54. Review. PubMed PMID: 9451822.

9. Lavigne PM, Karas RH. The current state of niacin in cardiovascular disease prevention: a systematic review and meta-regression. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2013 Jan 29;61(4):440-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2012.10.030. Epub 2012 Dec 19. PubMed PMID: 23265337.

10. Guasch-Ferré M, Bulló M, Estruch R, Corella D, Martínez-González MA, Ros E, Covas M, Arós F, Gómez-Gracia E, Fiol M, Lapetra J, Muñoz MÁ, Serra-Majem L, Babio N, Pintó X, Lamuela-Raventós RM, Ruiz-Gutiérrez V, Salas-Salvadó J; PREDIMED Study Group. Dietary magnesium intake is inversely associated with mortality in adults at high cardiovascular disease risk. J Nutr. 2014 Jan;144(1):55-60. doi: 10.3945/jn.113.183012. Epub 2013 Nov 20. PubMed PMID: 24259558.

11. Sales JM, Resurreccion AV. Resveratrol in peanuts. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2014;54(6):734-70. doi: 10.1080/10408398.2011.606928. Review. PubMed PMID: 24345046.

Armed with a PhD in Alternative Medicine, a graduate degree in Biotechnology, an MSc, and an MBA in Clinical Research and Clinical Pharmacology, Dr Jonathan is a certified practitioner of Alternative Medicine and is actively involved in patient education initiatives. He is also the author of the bestselling book, Outsmart Diabetes. Dr Jonathan loves to share his passion for herbs and other alternative medicinal practices with others through his writing.