Peanuts may just be the perfect fruit, one new study concludes

Peanuts may just be the perfect fruit, one new study concludes

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Peanuts may just be the perfect fruit, one new study concludes

Nutritionally speaking, peanuts have all the benefits of the perfect fruit, one new study says. One handful of peanuts or two tablespoons of peanut butter bring all the benefits of even the most nutritious fruit, says an Oxford University scientist. The chemical make-up of most varieties of peanuts is similar to green vegetables, the study says, which may explain why people who eat peanuts regularly tend to lose weight. Be sure to read the related article, Food manufacturers hide dangerous ingredients in everyday foods by using confusing terms on the label.- Staff writersNews summary:


New studies (1, 2) have shown that peanuts are in the same league as fruit when it comes to contributing to our diet and health status.Commenting on these results for the UK Jeya Henry, Professor of Human Nutrition at Oxford Brookes University explains "Peanuts are the ultimate functional food in a nutshell!At just 14, the GI of peanuts is similar to green vegetables, which may help to explain how this relatively energy dense food can aid effective weight loss.Researchers from the Pennsylvania State University, USA have shown that it''s not the people eating peanuts who end up overweight or obese!A second study from the University of Florida has revealed that peanuts are as rich in a wide variety of helpful antioxidants as many kinds of fruits.The Florida team have shown that peanuts contain high concentrations of polyphenols - chiefly a compound called p-coumaric acid, which has been shown to block lipid peroxidation and reduce cholesterol levels.The results showed that the peanut consumers (some 24% of total sample) had a significantly higher healthy eating index than non-consumers, suggesting that eating peanuts as a regular part of the diet helps to improve its nutritional quality.Regular peanut consumers had higher intakes of vitamin E and folate, magnesium, zinc, iron, heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and dietary fibre, and lower intakes of cholesterol.The authors suggest that this finding is either due to reduced calorie intake from other foods or to increased physical activity levels in peanut consumers.Recent findings from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey for British children 4-18yrs (9) suggest that significant proportions of young people have intakes of zinc and magnesium below the lower reference nutrient intake (LRNI) (i).

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