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Eat peanuts to stay young (but be careful with fats)

All about peanuts, originating from South America but now grown in different parts of the world, which many people confuse for nuts: in reality, it is a legume, with numerous benefits for our well-being

One leads to another, but better not to overdo it: peanuts are healthy and protein food, guaranteeing a prolonged sense of satiety, but they also have a high-fat content.

Source of proteins and vitamins

Fortunately, however, it is mainly mono and polyunsaturated fats, among which oleic acid and linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid of the Omega-6 series) stand out. Not only: peanuts have a rather high protein content and therefore can be integrated into a vegan or vegetarian diet. They also provide a good amount of vitamin E (antioxidant) and B vitamins, as well as substantial doses of fiber and mineral salts such as phosphorus and especially magnesium. The contribution of iron and zinc is also good, while the quantities of sodium contained in peanuts, originating in South America but now grown in different parts of the world, are slightly lower. And be careful: it is not dried fruit, but a legume.

Against bad cholesterol

Thanks to their micronutrients, regular peanut consumption also helps reduce bad cholesterol and triglycerides, while increasing levels of good cholesterol (HDL). Unlike the speech linked to butter and peanut oil, which instead contain trans fats and Omega-6 respectively responsible for the increase in bad cholesterol (Ldl) compared to good cholesterol.

For the well-being of the skin

The substantial presence of copper, rather, makes peanuts useful in the case of anemia, bone fragility and demyelination of the nervous system; Vitamin B3 (niacin), found in good quantities, is instead useful for digestive functions and to prevent cardiovascular and dermatological diseases. Finally, peanuts are a good source of coenzyme Q10, a powerful antioxidant also present in oily fish, soy, spinach, and dried fruit and used a lot in the cosmetic industry to counteract aging and restore elasticity to skin tissues. Peanuts are therefore also good for the skin.

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