So what do the presidents Jimmy Carter and Thomas Jefferson share in common?
Yes, they were both peanut farmers.
We’re talking about the very peanuts that are consumed in several forms, salted peanuts along with your drink as well as the proverbial peanut butter that has become the staple diet (in a manner of speaking) of so many American children as they go through high school.
But is there more to peanuts as a food than just the taste and ease that it offers to its consumers?
The Lowly Peanut: An Introduction
While peanuts were in production, one has to credit Dr. John Harvey Kellogg of finding a way for almost everyone to enjoy peanuts for its great nutritional value – specifically, in the form of plant protein among 30 other essential nutrients for the body.
Right from the birth of peanut butter, as patented by the good doctor, it’s pretty clear, that this form of food is more than just a treat for high school kids.
Here’s the reason why: nutrients such as protein (almost 25 %), vitamin E, fiber, magnesium, folate, manganese, niacin and phosphorus are present in peanuts.
So you can imagine how beneficial this can be for those who enjoy eating peanuts in all its forms, omitting those who do have an allergy to peanuts.
But that’s not all – apart from the proverbial peanut butter sandwiches, salted peanuts to munch on, candy bars and so on and so forth, it is also considered to be an important ingredient for the manufacture of soaps, cosmetics and quite intriguingly, paints.
Due to the nutrition found in the lowly peanut, its paste is also used to curb malnutrition in areas hit by famine, which is made by using, flour and peanuts.
Peanut Nutrition – Pros Vs. Cons
To say the least, the pros (benefits) of eating peanuts are many but the most important benefit of all is the fact that it protects us from cancer and cardiovascular disease in the long run.
How about that?
Another interesting benefit is a noticeable increase in brain health – yes, it belongs to that list of brain-foods that doctors say will quicken the “mind”.
Among several benefits, a couple of others include lowering cholesterol levels as well as improving blood circulation too.
So you can imagine how beneficial eating peanuts can be for people who like to take care of their health. Yes, from the “lowly” peanut, so to speak.
There is one group of people who aren’t able to benefit from this, and these are people who have an allergy to peanuts by either breathing their dust or when consuming them.
The reaction due to peanuts will affect one’s entire body whether it is the skin, cardiovascular, respiratory and gastrointestinal system. And it’s an allergic condition that should definitely taken seriously.
So before you have any misconceptions about peanuts not being nutritious at all – think again! There are only benefits involved rather than risks…
And we’re only a couple of days from celebrating National Peanut Butter Cookie Day which is on June 12. But of course, don’t let the salmonella outbreak a couple of years ago discourage you from celbreting a true American product.