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Peanuts: Are They Good For You?

Everyone has a varied taste in food. Some of us love to binge on those crunchy masala peanuts. Others prefer the sweet peanut butter in the crunchy or smooth form. Many are allergic to peanuts. And then there are those who simply love peanuts no matter what form they are in!

Peanuts may seem like an unhealthy snack but they are actually the healthy kind of snack. You can add boiled or roasted peanuts to a salad to give it some texture. Peanut butter can be added not just to sandwiches but also in a number of other recipes.

They have a number of health benefits for you whether you decide to eat it while you are pregnant, breastfeeding or otherwise. The only thing to remember is that you should eat them in moderation. Eating a handful of peanuts a day is good for you no matter what.

Also, even if you aren't allergic to peanuts, someone in your family might be. This may cause a peanut allergy for your little one too. For this reason, when you eat peanuts, you should wait 2 hours before you breastfeed your baby.

Here are a couple of benefits of peanuts:

1. Lowers risk of heart disease

Include a handful of peanuts in your daily diet. This can actually help reduce the risk of heart diseases as they are rich in monounsaturated fats.

2. Helps boost memory

Eating peanuts helps improve the blood flow to the brain. It contains B vitamins which help boost brain memory power. Hence, you should definitely give a handful of peanuts to school going kids.

[Read: Benefits Of Almonds For Your Skin And Hair]

3. Treat iron deficiency

Like most other nuts, peanuts are a great source of iron. Make it a point to include peanuts along with other nuts if you want to treat anaemia.

4. Aids in weight gain

If you are aiming to gain weight during pregnancy, you should definitely include peanuts to your diet. They are packed with calories and can thus help with weight gain.

[Read: Is It Safe To Eat Nuts During Pregnancy?]

5. Helps fight depression

Peanuts contain an essential amino acid known as tryptophan. When this is digested by the body, it gets converted to serotonin. Low serotonin is what leads to depression symptoms. Raising the serotonin levels can thus help fight depression.

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