Eating Well

Diets and Eating Patterns

With new diets coming out what seems like every other day, it can be confusing to know the best ways in which to make healthy choices. The good news is, many diets are healthy and many can work. New research shows that healthy eating patterns with different percentages of fat, protein, and carbohydrate can all promote weight loss when the right amounts of calories are eaten. The research also shows that peanuts and peanut butter can be a part of all of these diets.

In a review of the evidence (over 600 studies) looking at how dietary factors are associated with coronary heart disease, certain diets and individual foods notably popped out as improving the risk of coronary heart disease. Of these, the Mediterranean diet, the “prudent” diet, and a high quality diet were considered beneficial.

The Mediterranean diet emphasizes a higher intake of vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts, whole grains, cheese or yogurt, fish, and monounsaturated fat relative to saturated fat. The “prudent” diet is characterized by a high intake of vegetables, fruit, legumes, whole grains, and fish and other seafood. A high quality provides more nutrient density. Peanuts, known to the culinary world as a nut, but classified as a legume because of the way they grow, fit in all of these diets.

In addition, both monounsaturated fat, which is high in peanuts, and nuts themselves, also showed a strong association with the reduction of heart disease. Visit the links below to learn more about how make healthier choices and about healthy weight loss diets that incorporate peanuts. Also check out the eating recommendations for health to learn how peanuts can be a healthy part of your lifestyle.

Click here to learn more about the role peanuts play in healthy eating patterns in a high quality, printable format.

Eating Well Diets and Eating Patterns