Healing Kitchen

America's favorite, definitely. But a nut? No. Not a true nut, a peanut is actually a legume--the shell-enclosed seed of a leguminous bush or vine. Because they are legumes, peanuts have more protein and fiber than other nuts, and their fat content falls in the moderate range relative to other nuts. They are a good source of niacin and manganese, and also provide some folate, vitamin E, and magnesium. Recent research into peanuts also shows that they contain resveratrol--a phytochemical that is associated with a lowered risk of heart disease. The red skin found on Spanish peanuts in particular is a concentrated source of resveratrol.
Date Published: 06/19/2002
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