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Peanuts have been enjoyed throughout history. Although their benefits may not have been fully recognized early on, peanuts have provided complex nutrition to many diets that improve health. In the United States, it was not until the 20th century that peanut butter, which is over 90% ground peanuts, became known as a good protein source.
Now extensive research consistently shows that peanuts, peanut butter, and peanut oil all help to prevent chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Peanuts, peanut butter, and peanut oil have potent lipid lowering effects and may act to reduce inflammation, which is one of the underlying mechanisms that triggers chronic disease.1 Studies continue to show that their unique nutrient profile and bioactive components play a beneficial role in many areas of health and disease prevention.
Dietary patterns that include peanut consumption are associated with positive health benefits. In fact, peanuts have become fundamental to many diet guidelines around the world and are clearly an important component of healthy diets. Click the links below to learn more about how peanuts as part of a healthy diet can help prevent disease.
- Jiang R, Jacobs DR Jr, Mayer-Davis E, et al. Nut and seed consumption and inflammatory markers in the multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis. Am J Epidemiol. 2006;163(3):222–231. doi:10.1093/aje/kwj033.