Eating peanuts reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease
and does so without promoting weight gain, according to a
Researchers found that regular peanut consumption lowers
triglyceride levels, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease,
by as much as 24 percent, and study participants had no significant
change in body weight.
Since peanuts are high in fat they are often viewed as unhealthy,
but researchers point out that they contain healthy fats that
contribute to the reduction in cardiovascular disease risk.
Along with monosaturated fatty acids, peanuts also contain
magnesium, folate, vitamin E, copper, arginine and fiber,
all of which have cardiovascular disease risk-reducing properties.
News July 31, 2003