... Peanuts and peanut butter are naturally cholesterol free.
... Peanuts and peanut butter are protein powerhouses --- providing 15%
of the Daily Value of protein per serving (one ounce of peanuts or two
tablespoons of peanut butter.)
... Nutrient dense peanuts and peanut butter contain many vitamins and
minerals that are often lacking in the standard American diet. (Just
one ounce of peanuts contains nearly half of the thirteen vitamins
necessary for the body @ growth and maintenance and 35% of the twenty
... One ounce of peanuts contains 17.50% of the Recommended Daily
Intake (RDI) level of Folate. (The March of Dimes Birth Defects
Foundation recommends including folate in the diet in the earliest
weeks of pregnancy for preventing neural tube birth defects.
Additionally, studies have shown that folate consumption may aid in
decreasing the incidence of stroke and coronary disease among the
... The New England Journal of Medicine reported in a May 2, 1996
article, that "the intake of Vitamin E from food is inversely
associated with the risk of death from coronary heart disease." One
ounce of peanuts supplies 23% of the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of
... Current research suggests that many of the minerals found in
peanuts----copper, phosphorous, magnesium, iron, potassium, selenium,
zinc, and calcium-may have a protective effect for coronary heart
... The beneficial plant fat in peanuts which is about 85% unsaturated
(considered the "good" fat), may help lower cholesterol levels when it
replaces saturated animal fat in the diet.
... A study conducted by Fraser and colleagues of Loma Linda University
has indicated that consumption of nuts at least once per week lowers
the risk of heart disease by 25 percent. (Of the 31,200 people
surveyed, peanuts accounted for 32% of the nuts eaten.) Consumption of
nuts five or more times a week doubles the protection, the study
... Each one ounce serving of peanuts contains 2.6 grams of dietary
fiber, or "roughage" valuable in the body's waste elimination process.
... Newly developed diet pyramids based on traditionally healthy diets,
such as the Asian and Mediterranean diets, create a separate category
for nuts and legumes which emphasizes their nutritional contribution to
the diet and recommends increased consumption levels.
... Scientists have recently suggested that people with diabetes may
benefit from eating peanuts because they have a low glycemic index. The
glycemic index is a measure of how much blood glucose rises when a
particular food is consumed. Low response foods like peanuts are
helpful in the control of diabetes because they cause a smaller rise in
blood glucose levels.
... The Iowa Women's Health Study which included 40,000
postmenopausal women found a connection between nut consumption and a
reduced risk of coronary heart disease.
... Research conducted by USDA Agricultural Research Service in 1997
found that peanuts contain resveratrol, the compound that's believed to
give red wine its heart healthy properties.