Often disregarded because of their caloric intake, peanuts are magical nuts that provide health, as well as happiness.
Have you ever heard peanuts have too many calories and therefore, you should not eat that many? You probably have. But did you also know, that these calories come with a lot of benefits for your health, happiness and beauty? It’s time to give peanuts another chance!
Peanuts and happiness
Peanuts have a high amount of amino acids. Tyrosine being one of them. Tyrosine helps produce dopamine in your body and dopamine is what makes you happy. As easy as that!
Need some more reasons? Peanuts also contain genistein. You may not have heard that term before, but genistein actually helps fight both PMS and depression. So if you feel a bit down, some mix of dopamine and genistein might help you get up again.
Peanuts are also rich in most of the B vitamins, including B3 or niacin. Studies have proven that a higher amount of niacin help fight depression most of the times.
In addition to that, copper, zinc, selenium and magnesium -all highly present in peanuts- act favorably on your mood and positivity.
Peanuts and beauty
Resveratrol, a potent antioxidant found in grapes, is also found in peanuts. The best part of resveratrol is its anti-aging properties. Which means, eating peanuts will help you look young! And the high amount of beta carotene takes care of your skin, leaving it more beautiful than ever.
But it’s not just its anti-aging properties what makes peanuts your beauty ally. Peanuts also have lecithin, which helps break down fat. And to top it all, they make you feel full and take aways the feeling that you got to eat more.
Peanuts and Health
As we already mentioned, peanuts are rich in B vitamins, but also in proteins, amino acids and minerals (zinc, copper, iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus). What does this mean? In summary it means that peanuts not only help with depression, but they also prevent heart illnesses, loss of vision and infections, as well as strengthening the immune system.
Its high content in fiber make them ideal for those who have problems going to the toilet. Peanuts also increment good cholesterol and are especially helpful in cases of diabetes, arthritis or endometriosis.
Benefits of peanut oil
Peanut oil can be obtained by crushing peanuts (you can also do it at home). Because it is resistant to high temperatures, it is ideal for use in the kitchen.
For skin use, peanut oil is anti-inflammatory, fights eczemas, pimples, zits and itches. It is also recommended in cases of arthritis because it calms the pain.
Best way to eat peanuts
Peanuts should be eaten raw or roasted, this is how they keep most of their properties. We do not recommend fried or salted, since both types are not only unhealthy, the also promote weight gain.
Many of their properties lies in their thin, red skin, so it is wise to eat it, too.
You can add peanuts to your salad, as a snack or do home made peanut butter. It’s delicious!