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29 Amazing Benefits Of Peanuts For Skin,


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March 19, 2015

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The most common ways of using peanuts in India is in the form of oil and as roasted snack.

Peanuts are popularly used as seed oil in India. Since they are obtained from the ground, they are
also sometimes called as groundnuts. They are easily available round the year and almost
everywhere in India.
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Peanuts are also taken as snacks in many households especially in India. In reality, peanuts are
actually legumes. But since they have all the properties of nuts like almonds, cashew nuts, etc.,
these are also included in the family of nuts.

Peanuts Nutrition Chart: (USDA)

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Health Benefits of Peanuts:


Here are some of the most well-known health benefits of Peanuts.

1. Rich in Energy:
Peanuts contain vitamins, minerals, nutrients and anti-oxidants and thus are rich energy sources
(1).

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2. Cholesterol:
It lowers bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol in the body (2). Peanuts contain monounsaturated fatty acids especially oleic acid that prevents coronary diseases.

3. Growth:
Peanuts are rich in proteins. The amino acids present in them are good for proper growth and
development of body (3).

4. Fights Stomach Cancer:


Poly-phenolic anti-oxidants are present in the peanuts in high concentrations. P-Coumaric acid
has the ability to reduce the risk of stomach cancer by reducing the productions of carcinogenic
nitrous-amines (4).

5. Fights against Heart Diseases, Nerves Diseases, Alzheimers


Disease, and Infections:
A poly-phenolic anti-oxidant, Resveratrol present in peanuts prevents heart diseases, cancers,
nervous diseases and viral or fungal infections efficiently (5).
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6. Reduces the Chances of Stroke:


The anti-oxidant, Resveratrol in peanuts prevents heart strokes by increasing the production of
nitric oxide (6).

7. Anti-oxidants:
Peanuts contain anti-oxidants in high concentrations (7). These anti-oxidants become more active
when peanuts are boiled. There is a 2-fold increase in Biochanin-A and 4-fold increase in
Genistein content. These reduce the damage done by free radicals produced in the body.

8. Protects Skin:
Vitamin E in peanuts helps in maintaining the integrity of cells of mucous membrane and the skin.
This protects them from free radicals which cause great damage (8).

9. Vitamins:
Peanuts contain B complex, vitamins like niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin B6, vitamin B9,
pantothenic acid etc (9).

10. Minerals:
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11. Gall Stones:


Just an ounce of peanuts or two tablespoons of peanut butter each week can save you from gall
stones or gallbladder diseases with 25% reduced risk. This amazing health benefit of peanuts
keeps all the diseases at bay (11).

12. Low Risk of Weight Gain:


Women who eat peanuts or peanut butter at least twice a week are less likely to be susceptible to
obesity than those who dont. If you eat peanut butter every morning with bread slices, you have
less chances of gaining weight (12).

13. Colon Cancer:


Peanuts can reduce colon cancer especially in women. Eating at least 2 spoons of peanut butter
twice a week can reduce the risk of colon cancer in women by up to 58% and in men by up to
27%. This is one of the best benefits of peanuts for women (13).

14. Helps in Fertility:

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If taken before and during early pregnancy, the folic acid lowers the risk of baby being born with
serious neural tube defects reduced by up to 70% (14).

15. Regulates Blood Sugar:


Manganese in peanuts helps in calcium absorption, fats and carbohydrates metabolism and sugar
level regulation in blood (15).

16. Fights Depression:


Low Serotonin levels leads to depression. Tryptophan in peanuts increases the release of this
chemical and thus helps you fight depression (16).
Eating peanut benefits health in many ways and you should make it a point to take in a minimum of
two tablespoons of peanut butter each week in order to keep those dangerous diseases away and
stay healthy!

Peanut Benefits Of Skin:


Apart from satisfying hunger pangs, consumption of peanuts also makes the skin smooth, supple
and younger looking.
Some of the benefits of peanuts for skin include:
17. The anti-inflammatory properties of peanuts treat skin disorders like psoriasis and eczema.
The fatty acids present in peanuts also reduce swelling and skin redness. Peanuts contain Vitamin
E, zinc and magnesium, which keeps the skin glowing from within and fights the bacteria that lead
to acne. The protein content in peanuts also helps with cell regeneration (17).
18. Peanuts contain a relatively good amount of fatty acids which is believed to be critical to the
brains nerve cells. This brain friendly cell helps with stress management and mood swings to
prevent various skin disorders like wrinkles, fine line and dullness.
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19. Fiber in nuts is essential for the elimination of toxins and waste. Toxins inside the body reflect
on our outside appearance, causing breakout, dullness and excess oil. Eating peanuts regularly
helps flush out excess toxins from the body to give you a healthy skin (18).
20. Peanut is loaded with magnesium (19) which calms our nerve, muscles and blood vessels to
provide better blood flow to the skin. This, in turn, gives you a youthful and healthy skin.
21. Skin damage occurs as a result of oxidation, a chemical process in which unstable molecules
called free radicals steal electrons from healthy cells. Vitamin E in peanuts defends our skins cells
against the damage of oxidative stress. It guards our skin from the harsh UV rays of the sun to
protect against sun burn and skin damage (20).
22. Signs of ageing like wrinkles, discoloration and decreased elasticity are one of our biggest
beauty concerns. Peanut contains significant amount of Vitamin C which is required for the
production of collagen. Collagen is required to sustain tendons, skin and cartilage. It provides
firmness and elasticity to the skin to keep it young and supple.
23. Beta carotene, an antioxidant found in peanuts (21) is very critical for skins health. It is
converted into Vitamin A in the body which helps in the growth and repair of body tissues. Thus
peanuts help to heal wounds and bruises at a faster pace.
24. Peanuts are packed with omega 3 fatty acids which help our skin in many ways (22). Omega 3
fatty acids reduce inflammation in the body to prevent skin eruptions. It lowers the risk of
developing squamous cell skin cancer. It also moisturizes and hydrates the skin from within to treat
dry and scaly skin.
25. Peanuts are very effective for treating skin problems like pustules, skin rashes and rosacea.
26. Peanut butter facial mask is gaining immense popularity these days. Applying natural peanut
butter on the face clears away the dirt and impurities to give you a healthy looking skin. Wash your
face with a cleanser and then apply peanut butter on your entire face. Allow the mask to dry and
then wash it off by massaging your skin slowly in circular motions. Rinse your face with warm water
and pat dry. Do a patch test first and then apply it to the entire face as allergic reactions are very
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common side effects of peanuts. Those who are allergic to peanuts should stay away from it (23).

Peanut Benefits Of Hair:


27. Peanuts contain several hair friendly nutrients that are beneficial for maintaining healthy hair. It
contains a high level of omega 3 fatty acids which strengthens scalp health and hair follicles to
promote hair growth (24).
28. Peanut is an excellent source of larginine, an amino acid which is very helpful for treating male
pattern baldness and to encourage the growth of healthy hair. It also improves the health of artery
walls and prevents blood clotting to improve blood flow. A proper blood flow throughout the body
and hair is imperative to get healthy and strong hair.
29. Deficiency in vitamin E can lead to brittle and weak hair which can easily break. Including
proper level of vitamin E in your diet ensures that the hair roots receive a rich supply of hair healthy
vitamins to keep them strong and healthy.

Selection and Storage:


Peanuts are available in the supermarkets and grocery stores all year round in airtight
packets. It is available in different forms like shelled, unshelled, roasted, salted etc.
Buying unshelled peanuts is any day better than the processed ones as processed nuts are
treated with a number of chemicals to loosen their skins, making them unfit for consumption.
When buying raw, unshelled peanuts, ensure that the pod of peanut is compact and cream in
colour.
Make sure there is no evidence of moisture or insect damage and they dont rattle when you
shake them.
Avoid buying shriveled shelled nuts as this indicates the peanuts age. Peanuts shell should
be brittle and should come off easily.
Unshelled groundnuts can be placed in a cool and dark place for many months whereas
shelled ones can be stored inside an airtight container for years.
Since peanuts have high oil content, it can lead to quick breakdown when left at room
temperature for a long time. You can
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temperature for a long time. You can store peanuts at room temperature but they are best
stored in refrigerator to maintain its freshness and prolong its shelf life. The low water content
in peanut will prevent it from freezing.
Peanuts should not be chopped before storing.
Peanuts turn chewy and soggy and eventually turn rancid with time if not stored properly.
Ensure that they dont have a distinctively off odour before using them as the odour
indicates that they have become rancid.
You can store peanuts in glass or plastic container and zip lock bags.
Peanuts tend to absorb odour easily so keep them away from other pungent or smelly food.
Roasting peanuts decrease their shelf life by bringing out their oil. So consume roasted
peanuts as soon as possible.

Usage:
Peanuts are versatile nuts and with little imagination you can incorporate this healthy legume easily
in your daily diet. Now that you the know the benefits of eating peanuts, here are plenty of ways in
which you can utilize peanut in your cooking.
Boiling peanut is a method of peanut preparation which is prevalent in America.
Wash the peanuts thoroughly and soak in water for 1 hour.
Take 200 ml of water and add 1 teaspoon of salt to it.
Add a handful of peanuts and let it boil for 1 hour.
Boiled peanuts taste extremely delicious and are quite addictive. These are very healthy as they
boost the disease fighting compounds by almost four times. Moreover they contain just a little
amount of saturated fat which makes them a perfect diet food.
Because of their high protein content peanuts are processed into a variety of forms including
butter, oil, flour and flakes. Peanut oil is used extensively for cooking and for preparing margarine.
It is extracted from shelled and crushed peanuts by applying hydraulic pressure.

Peanut flour is made from peanuts which are blanched and then electronically sorted to select the
highest quality peanuts. The nuts are then
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roasted and are processed to obtain low fat flour. This

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highest quality peanuts. The nuts are then roasted and are processed to obtain low fat flour. This
flour is used in confectionary products, frostings, cereal bars and bakery mixes. It is also used for
baking cooking and pies.
You can make peanut butter easily at home.
Roast and blanch peanuts and grind it to get a creamy consistency.
Add sweeteners or salt to enhance the flavour.
You can also add chopped peanut to give it a creamy plus crunchy texture.
Roasted peanut is a very popular Indian snack and is very easy to prepare. The round, Spanish
peanut has a rich taste and is usually used for roasting.
Place shelled peanuts in a shallow baking pan and roast in 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20
minutes.
Remove from the oven and put it aside to let it cool.
Season it with salt and pepper and it is ready to eat.
Whole and chopped peanuts are very popular in Asian cuisine and its paste is used to add
thickness to sauce and soups. Peanut and tomato soup is very popular in Africa. Peanuts are
sprinkled on tossed salads and are also used as a garnish in desserts and stir fries. You can also
prepare peanut and yoghurt smoothie for your breakfast. This will keep you full till your lunch time.
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Principle

Nutrient Value

Percentage of RDA

Energy

567 Kcal

29%

Carbohydrates

16.13 g

12%

Protein

25.80 g

46%

Total Fat

49.24 g

165%

Cholesterol

0 mg

0%

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Dietary Fiber

8.5 g

22%

Folates

240 g

60%

Niacin

12.066 mg

75%

Pantothenic acid

1.767 mg

35%

Pyridoxine

0.348 mg

27%

Riboflavin

0.135 mg

10%

Thiamin

0.640 mg

53%

Vitamin A

0 IU

0%

Vitamin C

0%

Vitamin E

8.33 mg

55.5%

Sodium

18 mg

1%

Potassium

705 mg

15%

Calcium

92 mg

9%

Copper

1.144 mg

127%

Iron

4.58 mg

57%

Magnesium

168 mg

42%

Manganese

1.934 mg

84%

Phosphorus

76 mg

54%

Selenium

7.2 g

13%

Zinc

3.27 mg

30%

Vitamins

Electrolytes

Minerals

Phyto-nutrients
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Phyto-nutrients

Carotene-

0 g

Crypto-xanthin-

0 g

Lutein-zeaxanthin

0 g

Hope you found this post informative and helpful. Include them frequently in your routine and thus
enjoy the benefits of peanuts.

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Tarunima

2 years ago

i Dint know so many good things abt peanuts.. i always heard negative abt it.. that it is one of the
reasons for cough.. n puts on weight.. Hoping some moderate quantities does some gud.
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Gayatri > Tarunima

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Ya ppl gain weight cuz they eat them in more quantity. It's gud 2 take less quantity. :)


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I love peanut butter a lot. Thank god, I found this article :)

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I too luv peanut butter a lot <3

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