Researched and authored by Roy Berger
Dry roasted, unsalted peanuts contain 20 to30 % percent protein. The minerals calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, and zinc are all part of the nutritional make-up resulting in a exceptionally nutritious food.
Dry roasted, unsalted peanuts contain the important B vitamins, B1, B2, and B3. Niacin, vitamin B3, is extraordinarily plentiful with 1 ounce registering 3.80 mg., while folic acid measures in at a whopping 41.2 mcg. Even vitamin B6 appears with trace amounts measuring .07 mg.
Concern About Fat Content
ARLINGTON, VA, November 22, 1999 -- A ground-breaking study published in the December issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition may change the dietary advice that has been given to Americans for more than two decades. The landmark study tested diets high in "good" monounsaturated fat (MUFA) -- like the fat found in Peanuts -- against a low-fat diet and the average American diet. The study found that diets high in MUFA from foods like peanuts, peanut butter, peanut oil and olive oil are superior to a low-fat diet for heart health. Diets high "good" fat improve several risk factors for heart disease including total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and triglycerides. (ref:1)
Aflatoxin in Peanuts
Harvesting in the proper dry conditions, blanching, and proper storage will prevent fungus contamination.
In my opinion, like a lot of other information being posted on the internet, the concerns about aflatoxins in peanuts has been significantly overemphasized. Using the same precautions as you would with any fresh food, providing you inspect the product and ensure that you purchasing human grade quality peanuts the danger is minimal.
To those who say why take any chance at all I respond with;
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