PEANUTS

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Peanuts grow in a dark brown shell which contains wrinkled pod with the color that resembles the color of human skin. The pod usually contains several seeds. Peanuts are also known as the groundnuts because the peanut plant, after blossoming, turns its pedicels downward to bury the fruit several inches in the ground, where they complete their development.
Peanuts are sold in their shell which has to be whole and the seeds in it are not supposed to be heard when shaken. They are also sold shelled, raw or roasted (salted or unsalted).
These nuts are rich in fat and proteins: 100g of peanuts contain 49.24g of fat, that is, 25.80g of proteins. They also contain 6.5g of water, 16.14g of carbohydrates and 8.5g of dietary fiber. Energetic value of 100g is 567 calories, or 2.372 kJ. Peanuts also provide minerals such as: Potassium (705mg),
Phosphorous (376mg), Magnesium (168mg), Calcium (92mg), Sodium (18mg), Iron (4.58mg), Zinc (3.27mg), Copper (1.14mg), Manganese (1.93mg) and Selenium (7.2mg). When it comes to vitamins, there is Vitamin B3 (Niacin, 12.06mg), and other B vitamins; Vitamin A is also present (9.13mg), then alpha-Tocopherol (8.33mg), Folate (240mg), as well as many Amino acids.
Due to the low level of carbohydrates, peanuts can be consumed even while being on a diet, because they don’t cause weight gaining. Consuming peanuts is also good for the brain because it activates it. Generally speaking, all nuts are very good for nervous system thanks to the microelements they contain.
Because of their qualities, peanuts and products made out of peanuts are often used by people who want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and they are also very popular among vegetarians and others who want to reduce meat consumption. Peanuts and peanut oil mostly contain unsaturated fats which can help lower cholesterol. Recently conducted research showed that a daily consumption of peanuts, as a part of a healthy diet, can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Besides, peanuts are a great source of Folic acid, which helps cell growth and regeneration. American scientists suggest that a recommended daily intake of peanuts should be one ounce per day (28.3g).
Therapeutic and nutritive properties of peanuts benefit sexual potency, improve memory, focus, and hearing, and also help fight fatigue and serious illnesses. Peanuts provide vitamins B, which can help maintain healthy hair and calm the nerves, and vitamins E which stimulate gonads.
In the cases of prolonged cough in children, it is recommended they consume fried peanuts with boiled rice, few times a day.
Peanuts and peanut oil are very efficient when it comes to biliary secretion. Thanks to the fact that peanuts contain approximately thirty times more Potassium than Sodium, they also have dehydrating properties. The, so called Peanut Milk, is of great help in treating ulcers, gastritis and other stomach and duodenal illnesses.

 

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