10 Healthy Peanut Facts You Might Not Know About

They're very good in small quantities.

The mighty peanut. So small, yet they pack a big punch for your good health. Remember, a little goes a long way. Eating too many peanuts can actually do more harm than good. March is National Peanut Month and National Peanut Day is September 13. Here are a few, fun healthy peanut facts. Share with your friends.

1. According to the American Heart Association, eating 1 oz. of peanuts a day contributes to better health with good fats, energy, protein and fiber. 1 oz. is about the size of a small handful.

2. Looking to get more vitamins in your diet? Peanuts contain 86% of your daily needs for niacin, 62% of your folate needs, 52% of Vitamin B1 and 44% of Vitamin E for a 3.5 oz. serving.

3. Peanut oil is high with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (those are the good kinds of fats) and Vitamin E. It adds a slightly nutty flavor when used in cooking.

4. Peanut flour is gluten-free and vegan with lots of magnesium, potassium, folate, zinc and fiber. Peanut flour producers remove most of the fat when creating the flour.

5. The most popular cooking methods for peanuts are boiled and dry roasted. Boiling peanuts have higher antioxidant levels than roasted because of the shells being boiled as well.

6. Peanuts contain more protein than any other nut.

7. Arginine helps improve blood flow and helps arteries relax. Guess what… peanuts come with a good dose of arginine.

8. When it comes to essential minerals, a 3.5 oz. serving of peanuts pack 95% of your daily manganese as well as 52% magnesium, 48% phosphorus and 35% zinc.

9. Peanuts contain a good amount of fiber that reduces inflammation and aids in digestion, according to WebMD.

10. The downside of peanuts are that they are high in calories and pretty high in saturated (the bad kind) of fat so don’t eat too many.

So grab a small handful and cheers to your health!

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