There are many nutritionists who praise the health benefits of nuts, especially for their high content of proteins and omega 3 fatty acids, which contribute to the health of the human heart. Also, nuts are filled with vitamins, minerals and lots of mono and polyunsaturated fats, which are known as the good kind of fats.
But nutritionists usually praise the more expensive nuts like pistachio, almonds and cashews.
However, a new study shows that the common peanut, aside from being more affordable, is also as healthy as its more expensive cousins.
A team of researchers from Harvard has conducted a survey on the benefits of peanut consumption and found that it can offer the same heart health benefits as other nuts.
Scientists studied the data from people in China and United States. The studies included data collected from 72,000 Americans between the ages of 40 and 79, and approximately 135,000 people, men and women, from Shanghai, China, who were between the ages of 40 and 74.
The data was compiled over a period of almost five years.
According to the analysis, a high peanut consumption was linked with a 17% lower risk of premature death and 21% lower chances of dying.
Dr. Meir Stampfer, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard and one of the researchers who conducted the study, explained that the recent results confirm what he discovered a few years back, when the results had been greeted with skepticism by other scientists.
According to Dr. Meir Stampfer, from a botanic point of view, peanuts are not nuts, but they have the same nutritional values and health benefits as tree nuts.
Dr. Stampfer and his team of researchers analyzed the people involved in the study based on smoking habits, obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. They found that peanuts were linked to positive health benefits in many cases.
Stampfer said that:
“This extends it to diverse populations, lending further credibility to the findings.”
The researchers recommend eating a handful of peanuts every day, even if we don’t really like them.
The new study on the benefits of the common peanut was published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
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