Peanut, also commonly referred to as the groundnut, is a very important crop recognized internationally. The crop is cultivated in the tropical and subtropical regions. It has become rather important to both tiny holders and big commercial producers. It is considered to be both an oil crop subject to its high oil content and a green legume. The global production of peanuts is to the tune of approximately 46 million tonnes a year. Although rather unusual, the pods of peanuts grow underground. Notwithstanding that peanut is not exactly a nut; it is generally used as a nut for most of the Western cooking purposes.
How do peanuts help you?
• Peanuts contain a rich dosage of minerals, vitamins, anti-oxidants, and other nutrients. It has been found out that peanuts reduce the amount of bad cholesterol and enhances good cholesterol. Peanuts are also rich in mono-unsaturated versions of fatty acids that play an instrumental role in preventing heart problems.
• The peanuts contain a lot of proteins and the amino acids play an important role in growing and developing the human body.
• Peanuts contain a high concentration of poly-phenolic anti-oxidants. P-Coumaric acid has the ability to of reducing the chances of getting cancer of the stomach by decreasing the manufacture of nitrous-amines, a carcinogenic compound.
• Resveratrol, one of the poly-phenolic antioxidants, found in peanuts; could be helpful in preventing cancers, neurological diseases, heart problems and fungal and viral infections.
• Peanuts contain a high dosage of antioxidants. These antioxidants turn more efficient when boiled. On boiling, the Biochanin-A and Genistein content in peanuts significantly increases. These chemicals play a great role in reducing the damages in the human body caused by the free radicals.
• Peanuts are also rich in manganese, potassium, calcium, copper, selenium, iron, magnesium, and zinc. These minerals have a significant role in some of the vital body functions.
• Vitamin E, present in peanuts, aids in the maintenance of the cellular integrity for the mucous membranes in addition to skin. Again, it protects the cells from the damages caused by the free radicals.
Peanuts could also decrease your chances of gaining weight. People who eat a good amount of peanuts or peanut butter have a significantly reduced possibility of being obese.