According to the Mayo Clinic, nuts are beneficial for many reasons. They make convenient, healthy snacks, they’re loaded with nutrients, they can lower harmful cholesterol levels, and they can even reduce the kind of inflammation associated with heart disease.
“Generally, all nuts are good sources of healthy monounsaturated fats, protein, fiber, and many different vitamins, minerals and antioxidants,” registered dietician Maggie Michalczyk told Women’s Health Magazine. Still, different nuts provide different benefits, insists Medical News Today, and some are simply cheaper to place into your grocery cart.
CBS News warns that since nuts are high in calories and fat, they can add up quickly; eating too many can be harmful to your diet. However, in an analysis published in Obesity Reviews, authors concluded that eating nuts does not lead to increased body weight. In any case, if you’re looking to add more nuts into your diet, there’s one popular type of nut in particular you should consider.
Peanuts contain a ton of protein
Though technically legumes, peanuts are classified as nuts as far as nutrition goes (according to Healthline). The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s FoodData Central lists a 100-gram serving of unroasted peanuts as having 25.8 grams of protein; dry-roasted almonds with salt, by comparison, contain 20.4 grams. Protein isn’t the only draw, however — peanuts contain folate (as recorded by Harvard’s School of Public Health) and also have a lot of antioxidants, amino acids, and minerals.
Despite their nutritional content, not everybody should immediately stock up on peanuts. Sydney Local Health District records that one in 200 adults is allergic to peanuts, and one out of every 50 children in the U.S. has a peanut allergy (though one in five will eventually outgrow it). Cleveland Clinic notes there is no definitive cure. Allergy-free and in the peanut clear? There are many tasty ways to add peanuts to your daily diet, from tossing them into a trail mix to folding them into a peanut butter soup. Happy snacking!