EN on Foods

February 2012 Issue

Peanuts Shell Out Many Health Benefits

Peanuts have long been known for reducing the risk of heart disease when eaten daily in small amounts (one ounce), and research has since linked them to the prevention of other chronic diseases, including diabetes and certain types of cancer. A 16-year study of over 80,000 women in the Nurses’ Health Study found that peanuts may improve glucose and insulin balance, suggesting a link between nut and peanut butter consumption and lower risk of type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, studies also show that increased yet moderate consumption of peanuts does not lead to weight gain.

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