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Updated 12 April 2013

Peanuts

Peanuts contain the phytochemical resveratrol, which has been linked to a significant decrease in heart disease.

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Peanuts contain the phytochemical resveratrol, which has been linked to a significant decrease in heart disease. Peanuts have anti-cancer effects and can also lower cholesterol levels if they are eaten in place of other high-fat foods.

Fresh peanuts that have just been de-shelled are richest in vitamin E, folate levels and resveratrol. Peanuts are best eaten fresh, as old or mouldy peanuts can contain aflatoxin that has been linked to cancer of the liver.

Peanuts are very high in calories and should be eaten in place of other high-fat foods, not in addition to them. Eating more than a tablespoon of nuts five times a week, could lead to weight gain.


Calories 602
Fibre 6g
Protein 25g
Potassium 810mg
Folate 52mcg
Per 100g
 
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