January 19, 2019
4 Facts About Peanuts

4 Facts About Peanuts

by Berkeley Wellness  

  • Peanuts are the only "nuts" that have resveratrol, an antioxidant found in grapes, wine and soy that may be heart-healthy and have other benefits. Red wine has the most.
  • The thin papery skins are good for you. That’s where most of the antioxidants are. Some peanut butters contain the skins.
  • The calorie difference between dry- and oil-roasted peanuts is very small. Most of the fat and calories you get come from the peanuts themselves, not from oil that may be added in processing. So pick whichever you prefer. In some cases, roasting actually increases the antioxidants in peanuts.
  • If you have a peanut allergy, you can safely consume most commercially refined peanut oils since they typically undergo a process that removes all the protein—the allergenic part. Cold-pressed, extruded or expeller-pressed peanut oil may retain some protein, however, and should not be considered allergen-free.