Peanuts offer a satisfying snack without sugar, empty calories
Nutritionists recommend snacks that are satiating, low in sugar and do not have empty calories.Posted — Updated
They also provide the oxygenating forces of iron that transport oxygen to tissues and muscles, and vitamin E, an antioxidant that diminishes oxidative stress.
Satisfaction and Weight Loss
Most snacks are either high in simple carbohydrates like sugar, or other empty calories. These give the false impression of feeling energized and full before the crash of sugars in the body causes exhaustion, and the lack of real nutrition causes hunger to return.
With peanuts as a snack, the combination of the high levels of protein and fiber create satiety, keep blood sugars stable and assist with weight management.
The 2008 study concludes that "literature suggests nuts may be included in the diet, in moderation, to enhance palatability and nutrient quality without posing a threat for weight gain."
Calories in peanuts come from vegetable fats, which have high levels of monounsaturated fats and are low in saturated fats. Monounsaturated fats have been shown to be healthy for the heart, keeping blood pressure low, and reduces the risk of many chronic diseases.
Nutritionists and health researchers are taking all of this data and increasingly recommending peanuts to clients and the public-at-large.
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