Why Peanuts Are Good For Weight Loss?
Do you enjoy eating nuts? They are always considered a great part of a weight loss diet. Walnuts, pecans, almonds and pistachios are recommended as healthy snacks by nutritionists. But when it comes to being pocket friendly, what can be better than peanuts. A healthy and cost-effective snack perfect for the common man! And don’t underestimate the power of a common man! A la SRK!! 😛 Coming back to peanuts, read on to discover new things about it.
Research speaks volumes of how peanuts can be a good part of a weight loss diet and can give a better body. In the study there were two groups, one on a moderate fat weight loss diet and another on a low fat diet. It was found that a moderate fat weight loss diet that replaced bad fats with peanuts, peanut butter and peanut oil, worked much better than a low fat diet. Though both groups in the study lost weight, but the moderate fat group was able to keep the weight off longer (18 months) than the low fat diet group.
You can enjoy peanuts roasted or boiled. They can be enjoyed in any form. Peanuts find a way in South Indian chutneys and gravies as well.
How healthy are peanuts?
Peanuts are a part of the legume family, its relatives being beans, chick pea and lentils. Peanuts are rich in fats, to be precise mono unsaturated fatty acids that are heart friendly and polyunsaturated. Peanuts are a great source of folate, copper, niacin, manganese, protein and vitamin E. They also contain an antioxidant that protects the heart and promotes anti-aging effects. They have fibre in them too that is essential for every human being.
In spite have having all the nutritional qualifications, people avoid peanuts thinking that it can cause weight gain. Yes, they are high in calories about 30 g of peanuts has 160 calories but studies say that having peanuts 3 to 5 times a week does not cause any weight gain and it also helps in lowering the chances of developing cardiovascular diseases. Peanuts can help reduce overall and bad cholesterol in the body.
When should you be eating peanuts?
Peanuts can be had as a healthy mid morning or mid evening snack that will increase one’s satiety and suppress hunger; eventually preventing weight gain. If you happen to eat a peanut salad you will feel full sooner and will avoid binging on other junk foods.
When on a weight loss diet, stick to one serving of peanuts in a day for 4 times a week. One serving refers to 30 g. Be careful about controlling portions as you may end up gaining weight if you eat large portions of peanuts.
Beneficial for all ages
If you think that peanuts are only for adult weight loss, you are wrong! It can help children too. A childhood weight loss study was carried out in schools and the children in the high risk group were given peanuts. The group of children that were given peanuts lost weight and did not gain more. That is indeed good news because child obesity is rising all over the world. Life is not easy for obese children as they have to face parental and peer pressure in their formative years. Obesity in children should be dealt with utmost care and understanding.
How to enjoy peanuts?
Boiled peanuts can be enjoyed in a salad along with onions, tomatoes, cucumber, coriander and chaat masala. Squeeze in some lime juice for that extra zing. You can also apply peanut butter on your toast instead of other spreads. Don’t trust the store bought one? Make your own at home. Yes, you can make your own peanut butter! Click here for the recipe!
Make it a point to include peanuts in your diet!
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