According to Dr Jonathan Wright of Nutrition & Healing, the rise of peanut allergies has resulted in more and more people steering clear of nuts altogether. While there's no arguing that peanut allergies can be extremely serious and, that if you're allergic to them, you should stay away, but if you're not, you may want to take a second look at peanuts. Here are four tips you can use to get the most nutritional value from peanuts as possible.
If you’ve been put off peanuts because people around you are allergic to them, you might want to give peanuts a chance.
Not only are peanuts a great source of protein, they’re also extraordinarily high in polyphenols.
In fact, Dr Jonathan Wright of Nutrition & Healing describes polyphenols as the Arnold Schwarzenegger of the antioxidant family. That’s because “polyphenols help protect cells and body chemicals against damage caused by free radicals, reactive atoms that contribute to tissue damage in the body,” explains Medicinenet.com.
Peanuts also contain magnesium, folate, vitamin E, copper, arginine and fibre, all of which are known to lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
That’s not all.
Another one of peanuts’ virtues is that they contain high amounts of resveratrol. “Studies have shown that resveratrol can inhibit the growth of colorectal tumour cells,” says Dr Wright.
But to get all these healthy benefits, there are certain rules you need to follow…
Use these four tips to get the most health benefits peanuts have to offer
Eat roasted peanuts. Roasting increases the antioxidant content in peanuts by up to 22%. This is a great discovery.
Instead of eating peanuts doused with too much salt, combine the roasted, unsalted variety with dried fruits for a tasty snack that’s also packed with polyphenols and other antioxidants.
Ensure you buy natural peanut butter that doesn’t contain added sugar. Look for brands made from roasted, organic peanuts, since conventionally grown peanuts tend to have high pesticide content.
If you’d like to indulge your inner child who still yearns for an occasional peanut butter and jam sandwich, try natural peanut butter with sliced banana and drizzled with some honey. “Believe me, you won’t miss the jam or the refined sugar it contains one bit,” says Dr Wright.