Health Benefits of PeaNuts (groundnuts)
PeaNuts (groundnuts) Rich in Energy:
Peanuts contain vitamins, minerals, nutrients and anti-oxidants and thus are rich energy sources
PeaNuts (groundnuts) Fights Stomach Cancer:
Poly-phenolic anti-oxidants are present in the peanuts in high concentrations. P-Coumaric acid has the ability to reduce the risk of stomach cancer by reducing the productions of carcinogenic nitrous-amines
PeaNuts (groundnuts) Fights against Heart Diseases, Nerves Diseases, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Infections:
A poly-phenolic anti-oxidant, Resveratrol present in peanuts prevents heart diseases, cancers,nervous diseases and viral or fungal infections efficiently
PeaNuts (groundnuts) Reduces the Chances of Stroke:
The anti-oxidant, Resveratrol in peanuts prevents heart strokes by increasing the production of nitric oxide
PeaNuts (groundnuts) Protects Skin:
Vitamin E in peanuts helps in maintaining the integrity of cells of mucous membrane and the skin. This protects them from free radicals which cause great damage
PeaNuts (groundnuts) Low Risk of Weight Gain:
Women who eat peanuts or peanut butter at least twice a week are less likely to be susceptible to obesity than those who don’t. If you eat peanut butter every morning with bread slices, you have less chances of gaining weight
PeaNuts (groundnuts) Helps in Fertility:
If taken before and during early pregnancy, the folic acid lowers the risk of baby being born with serious neural tube defects reduced by up to 70%
PeaNuts (groundnuts) Regulates Blood Sugar:
Manganese in peanuts helps in calcium absorption, fats and carbohydrates metabolism and sugar level regulation in blood
History of Peanuts
The peanut or groundnut (Arachishypogaea) is a species in the family Fabaceae. The peanut was probably first domesticated and cultivated in the valleys of Paraguay.
The peanut is not technically a nut, but rather a legume. Peanuts are often served in a similar manner to true nuts in many western cuisines, and are often referred to as a nut in common English.
The domesticated peanut is an amphidiploid or allotetraploid, meaning that it has two sets of chromosomes from two different species, thought to be A. duranensis and A. ipaensis. These probably combined in the wild to form the tetraploid species A. monticola, which gave rise to the domesticated peanut. This domestication might have taken place in Paraguay or Bolivia, where the wildest strains grow today. Many pre-Columbian cultures, such as the Moche, depicted peanuts in their art.