Peanuts are one of the most common nuts and are often not considered worthy of “gourmet” nut mixes, however, they are surprisingly a very healthy food. You might be tempted to pick the peanuts out of your trail mix, but here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t.
Peanuts are Super Healthy For Your Heart
Peanuts contain a high amount of monounsaturated fats, and have been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Additionally, peanuts contain the phenolic antioxidant resveratrol, a powerfully healthy component that is also found in red grapes and wine.
They May Reduce Your Risk of Cancer
Many of the nutrients that are found in high levels in peanuts, such as folic acid, resveratrol, and phytic acid, have been shown to have an anti-cancer effect. The risk of colon cancer was reduced by 58% in women and 27% in men, just by eating peanuts twice a week!
Peanuts Can Help You Lose Weight
Peanuts are chock full of protein, which can help stave off hunger pangs in between meals. Also, subjects who ate peanuts at least twice a week were shown to have a lowered risk of weight gain than those who did not, according to a study published in Obesity.
Your Risk of Getting Gallstones Is Lower
Studies have suggested that individuals who eat at least one ounce of peanuts each week have decreased their risk of developing gallstones by a whopping 25%.
Peanuts may just be nature’s most healthful nut, and increasing your intake of peanuts each week is a great way to make the most of your healthy snacks. Sun Vending offers a variety of delicious and healthy peanut snacks in their convenient vending machines, including trail mixes, salted peanut snacks, granola bars and healthy energy bars.