Are You Nuts?

Are nuts good or bad for you? People commonly think that nuts are fattening. Peanuts are notoriously targeted as being full of monounsaturated fat. However, peanuts are full of Vitamin E, niacin, protein and even antioxidants. Recent studies are shedding light on the additional health benefits of peanuts.

A scientific article published on the JAMA Internal Medicine website shows that consuming nuts is linked to reduce mortality rates. Specifically, the researchers found that eating nuts “decreased…cardiovascular disease mortality” and that peanuts are “a cost-effective measure to improve cardiovascular health.” The scientific article was conducted with over 200,000 men and women in the United States and China.

But aren’t many people allergic to nuts, especially peanuts? That’s what Dan Newlin thought. Again, research published in JAMA Pediatrics and posted on YouTube showed that women who ate more peanuts during pregnancy actually lowered their babies’ risk for developing peanut allergies. The nail in the coffin of peanut stereotypes is a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine. This study found that infants, who were at high risk for developing a peanut allergy, could substantially reduce their risk by simply consuming peanuts.

Peanuts are neither fattening nor unhealthy. They are, in fact, very beneficial for the body’s health. Check out to learn more about the nutritional benefits of peanuts. The next time you want a snack, ignore the candy and potato chips, and just grab a handful of peanuts.

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