16 Health Benefits of Groundnuts
Groundnuts also known as peanuts are considered a very healthy snack. Although small in size it plays a vital nutritional role and contains amazing health benefits.
It has the following nutritional values:
100 grams of groundnut has:
1.Groundnut is one of the most nourishing foods in the world. It contains five important nutrients such as food energy, protein, phosphorus, thiamine and niacin. They contain a good of oil, which is very easily digested, and for this reason they are useful consumptives.
2. The oil is regarded as an excellent mild laxative and emollient . Eating fresh roasted groundnuts with goat's milk is a very nutritious food for growing children, pregnant women and nursing mothers. It builds a resistance against all infections, such as Hepatitis and tuberculosis.
3. Groundnuts products are useful in the treatment of hemophilia and inherited blood diseases which causes hemorrhage. It is also useful in nose bleeding and in cases of excessive bleeding during menstruation in women.
4. It is useful in diarrhea, especially chronic diarrhea which is more frequent immediately after meal. The patient can use it by drinking goat's milk in which lemon is squeezed with a handful of fresh roasted groundnuts. Diarrhea could be caused due to nicotinic acid deficiency and groundnuts provide the required quantity of Niacin.
5. Helps promote fertility. Contains a good amount of folate. Repeated studies have shown that women who had a daily intake of 400 micrograms of folic acid before and during early pregnancy reduced the risk of having a baby born with a serious neural tube defect by up to 70 percent.
6. Helps fight depression. Good source of tryptophan, an essential amino acid which is important for the production of serotonin, one of the key brain chemicals involved in mood regulation.
7. Boosts memory power. This is due to their vitamin B3 or niacin content whose many health benefits include normal brain function and boosting memory power.
8. Aids blood sugar regulation. One fourth cup of peanuts can supply the body with 35% of the daily requirement of manganese, a mineral which plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption and blood sugar regulation.
9 Glycemic index indicates how rapidly food is digested and glucose enters into the blood stream. Glycemic index for groundnut is low. The magnesium present in the groundnut helps for effective functioning of the glands and fights diabetes.
10. Cancer protection. Contains a form of phytosterol called beta-sistoserol(SIT) is found in high concentrations in some plant oils, seeds and legumes including peanuts. Phytosterols not only protects against cardiovascular disease by interfering with the absorption of cholesterol, they also protect against cancer by inhibiting growth of tumours. wedding selections in yellow
11. Helps prevent Gallstones. 20 years of studies have shown that eating 1 ounce of nuts, peanuts or peanut butter a week lowers the risk of developing gallstones by 25%.
12. Helps lower cholesterol levels. Many people avoid groundnuts thinking that it is rich in fat and harmful cholesterol. The fat present in groundnut is 'unsaturated fat' and so we need not worry about consuming groundnut and the foodstuffs made in groundnut oil.
13. Cooking oils produce bad fats and transfat only at their 'smoke point'. While the smoke point for other cooking oils lies within 275 to 300, the smoke point for the groundnut oil starts at 320 and hence bad fats are not produced easily while cooking with groundnut oil.
14. Lowers risk of heart disease. Rich in heart friendly monounsaturated fats and antioxidants such as oleic acid. So take a handful of peanuts and other nuts at least four times a week to reduce your risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart diseases.
15. Lowers risk of weight gain. Eating nuts regular is associated with a lowered risk of weight gain. Research has shown that people who eat nuts at least twice weekly are much less likely to gain weight than those who almost never eat them.
16. Blood clothing is an important function in our body. It may be small scratches, injuries or incisions during surgery. Delayed blood clothing may be deadly. The nutrients in groundnut helps proper blood clothing.
Groundnuts can be enjoyed raw, roasted and boiled.
DOWNSIDE: Groundnuts improperly stored for a long time produces 'Aflatoxin', which causes stomach upsets and lead to digestive problems and food poisoning.
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