Peanuts go well in many foods, especially snack foods, and are great on their own as well. But because the nuts are often roasted with a lot of oil and salt, it’s easy to dismiss peanuts when thinking about a healthy snack. But as with all things, preparation makes a huge difference in the health value.
In their raw form, peanuts are an excellent source of fiber, protein, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids. Recent studies show that this nutritional profile may be linked to protection from diseases including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
So what would happen to your body if you ate peanuts every day? Let’s find out.
1. Easier weight control
The weight loss journey can involve a lot of fuss over diet. You can choose to count carbs or calories, skip certain foods all together, or adhere to a specific ratio of carbs to protein. But wouldn’t it be nice if there were an easier way?
In the end, all you need to do is eat fewer calories than you burn if you’re looking to lose weight. The trick is to make every calorie count. Empty calories that hit your bloodstream in a flash and then evaporate will have you reaching for another snack in no time.
But it takes relatively few peanuts to deliver sustained energy over several hours. The healthy fats and fiber in peanuts means they digest slowly and keep you feeling satisfied for longer. Constant hunger is the fatal flaw in many diets, but don’t starve yourself. Just be smart about food choice and portions.