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Peanuts Health Benefits And Shocking Adverse Effects

Peanuts (scientific name Arachis hypogaea) are legumes that first originated in South America. Today, there are a variety of peanuts, including earthnuts, groundnuts and goobers. Despite what their name suggests, peanuts are actually unrelated to tree nuts. In fact, legumes are much more associated with lentils, soy and beans.

Peanuts have always been considered a good source of healthy fats and high-quality protein. In addition, peanuts contain a number of plant compounds including antioxidants like resveratrol and coumaric acid. With that in mind, here are some of the health benefits of eating peanuts, as pointed out by Healthline.

1. Weight loss

There have been a number of studies confirming the role of peanuts in weight maintenance. In fact, a 2013 research concluded that the consumption of peanuts can greatly reduce your risk of obesity. On another note, the research was observational, which means that the researchers did not provide evidence of causation.

2. Gallstone prevention

According to statistical research, gallstones affect about 25 percent of adults in the United States alone. Luckily, a number of observational studies have confirmed how peanut consumption has the capacity to prevent gallstones in both men and women. Since peanuts contain a number of vitamins and minerals, such as biotin, copper, folate, niacin and vitamin E that can act as a powerful antioxidant, which cuts your risk of gallstones.

3. Heart health protection

Niacin, also known as vitamin B3, is one of the many vitamins found in peanuts. This play a critical role in your bodily functions. Moreover, it has been associated with the risk reduction of heart diseases. Other heart-healthy nutrients found in peanuts include copper, oleic acid, magnesium, resveratrol and multiple antioxidants.

On another note, medical experts have also pointed out a number of adverse effects observed when eating peanuts. Here are some of the more unfavorable outcomes from eating peanuts.

1. Impairment of nutrient absorption

Do note that peanuts contain both antioxidants and antinutrients. Antinutrients impair your body’s ability to absorb nutrients resulting in the reduction of nutritional value. One of the common antinutrients found in peanuts is phytic acid.

2. Aflatoxin poisoning

There are times when peanuts are contaminated with a type of mold that produces aflatoxin. Some of the symptoms associated with the intake of aflatoxin include loss of appetite and jaundice, the yellow discoloration of the skin and eyes.