There are lots of “healthy nuts” out there. Just don't forget the humble peanut - ever!
Not only do peanuts cram a ton of protein into a little package (around 7 g per 28 g serving), they may also offer the promise of a longer, healthier life. This goes according to a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine…
Keep reading to find out why researchers concluded peanuts are the new “live longer food”, plus four ways to add them into your diet.
Peanuts offer an array of health benefits
Researchers tracked data on almost 72 000 people in the US. They found that those who ate more than 18 g of peanuts a day had a 21% lower risk of death from any cause.
Senior author Xiao-Ou Shu explains: “Peanuts, like tree nuts, are rich in nutrients such as unsaturated fatty acids, fibre and vitamins, which are all beneficial for health.”
Shu says you can get the perks by working in either a small handful of whole nuts or a tablespoon or two of peanut butter daily.
Here are some more ideas…
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Four tasty ways to incorporate peanuts into your diet
#1: Warm peanut and sesame noodles
Turn regular spaghetti into a flavour-packed dish with a peanut butter sauce and a sprinkling of sesame seeds. You’ll get protein, healthy fats and minimal sodium.
#2: Carrot salad with nut butter ginseng dressing
Ditch calorie-packed salad additions and dress up your lunch with a nutty, ginseng-infused topping instead.
#3: Dark chocolate and oat clusters
Dark chocolate is rich in heart-healthy antioxidants, and oats are rich in fibre. Top them off with a dollop of peanut butter for a seriously decadent dose of protein.
#4: Peanut butter cup smoothie
If you love peanut butter candy but don’t want to derail your diet, try a tasty peanut butter, banana, dark chocolate and low fat
frozen yoghurt smoothie. These ingredients will help you kick-start your morning and provide your bod with belly-flattening proteins.
Peanuts are a wonderfully versatile food and you can add them to just about any meal. Go ahead and get creative!
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