Eating A Handful Of These Could Have Incredible Effects On One’s Health

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Results from a 2015 study conducted by Vanderbilt University and the Shanghai Cancer Institute show a promising link between eating peanuts and a lower risk of death.

(Although this is good news, you should always consult with your physician to determine whether peanuts are a safe addition to your diet. Additionally, peanuts contain substantial calories and fats, so portion control is essential.)

Read on to find out the benefits of this simple nut!

Cool Inflammation

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Like a cool drink on a hot day, peanuts contain natural anti-inflammatories that cool inflammation in the body. Increasing amounts of research shows that inflammation is associated with numerous diseases, including cancer and cardiac disease, according to the Peanut Institute.

Maintain a Healthy Nervous System

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Peanuts contain rich amounts of essential vitamins, including niacin and thiamin, which help keep your nervous system working at its best, according to the American Peanut Council. Additionally, peanuts contain naturally occurring compounds that may help fight nerve degeneration caused by diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s.

Antioxidant Power

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Peanuts contain comparable amounts of antioxidants as many types of fruit, according to the University of Florida. This tasty snack contains a healthy dose of polyphenols, which impede upon the effects of free radicals.

Battle Cancer

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Peanuts are rich in resveratrol, a plant compound commonly found in red wine that increases your body’s natural ability to eliminate carcinogens. The Peanut Institute suggests that the resveratrol in peanuts may help halt the growth of cancer cells, although more research on the subject is needed.

Improved Blood Sugar Control

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Consuming peanuts may reduce your risk of developing diabetes by more than 20 percent, according to Cooking Light. Additionally, eating peanuts, or peanut-containing foods, helps your body break carbohydrates more slowly to give you more even blood sugar levels.

Weight Management

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Wouldn’t it be great if there was a food that could help keep you feeling fuller for longer spans of time? The good news is that peanuts are among a class of foods known as high satiety foods, which deliver a synergistic combination of fiber, protein and fat to keep you satiated. In turn, your appetite, and your waistline, stay in check.

Cut Back on the Sodium

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Just because you’re eating a healthy diet, doesn’t mean you have sacrifice snacks. Instead of reaching for a bag of chips, consider munching on a serving of peanuts to quench your salt cravings. Each ounce of peanuts (salted!) contains less sodium than a frozen waffle.

Boost Heart Health

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The cardiovascular benefits of peanuts are far reaching, and may reduce your risk of coronary heart disease by approximately 35 percent. In addition to keeping inflammation, weight and diabetes in check, peanuts help reduce some of the major risks of cardiovascular disease. Additionally, the resveratrol in peanuts may minimize blood clots, improve blood flow and decrease the risk of clogged arteries.

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