Eating peanuts has become a rather controversial activity in recent years. While peanuts and peanut butter have been – and remain – staples in many American households, they have been associated with a number of issues of late. The first is the rise of peanut allergies that have caused many schools to ban them on the property or at least in the classrooms of affected kids. The second is that these nuts – like all nuts, seeds and similar legumes – are high in fats and so many people assume they are a cause of weight gain.
That said, eating peanuts may be better for you than you think – provided you’re not among those with an allergy, of course. They are a tremendous source of plant-based protein, they’re high in fiber, and they contain a surprising number of key vitamins and minerals. With this kind of nutrition profile, you may want to consider bringing these little legumes back into your life.
Along with that strong nutritional profile, it is true that eating peanuts will give you a solid dose of calories. That said, as is the case with almonds, olive oil, and other foods that are great for you but high in calories, they’re best enjoyed in moderation.
A tablespoon or two of peanut butter on your sandwich can turn a whole grain bread into a far more complete meal. Add half a banana to the mix and you’ll be doing your lunch a delicious, simple, affordable and nutritious favor.
On top of the protein, healthful fats and fiber you get from eating peanuts, you may be surprised to discover that you’ll also receive many vitamins and minerals. Moreover, some of those nutrients, such as potassium, are important electrolytes which can help you to stay effectively hydrated. You’ll also get lots of magnesium, phosphorous and B vitamins while keeping carbs low.
This makes eating peanuts a great food for people who are active, dieting, or simply want to make sure they’re consuming a nutritious meal or snack. They’re even well suited to a low-carb diet!
As you can see, just because they’re high in calories, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be eating peanuts. This is particularly true when eating raw peanuts as opposed to roasted and salted. When consumed in moderation, they’re a lovely option for a healthy body, weight control and both energy boosting and muscle support among those living an active lifestyle.