It’s National Peanut Day! Did you know that peanuts are not a nut - they’re a legume! Whether you enjoy them in nut butter form, by the handful, or in a savory peanut sauce, here are some nutty nutrition facts you may not know about this American staple.
1. Full of (healthy) fat
Peanuts contain unsaturated fats, which can reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering LDL (or “bad” cholesterol).
2. Packed with protein
Peanuts contain protein, but it’s not complete. One-ounce of peanuts provides approximately 6 grams of plant-based protein; however, it does not contain all of the amino acids. Try mixing peanuts with whole-grain bread or crackers to make it complete.
3. Nuts for niacin
The B-vitamin niacin is found in peanuts. Niacin helps convert food to energy, aids with the digestion and nervous system, and helps the skin.
4. Mad for manganese
Peanuts are a good source of manganese—this nutrient aids in processing cholesterol and other nutrients, such as carbohydrates and protein.
5. Feel good with fiber
One-ounce of peanuts contain about 3 grams of fiber, which reduces cholesterol, helps the digestive tract run “smoothly”, and increases satiety.
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