They say you always remember your first love. As the star ingredient in our very first product, we won’t be forgetting peanuts anytime soon.
That’s right, at Betsy’s Best, it all began with Gourmet Peanut Butter. It was a hit! As we started creating more gourmet seed & nut butters, it became Cinnamon Peanut Butter (with Chia Seeds). While the name may have changed, it didn’t change its place in our hearts. Why our long love affair with peanuts?
Technically a legume, peanuts are more commonly known as nuts. In some parts of the world they’re referred to as ground nuts or earth nuts. Call them what you will, peanuts have been a longtime food staple.
Peanuts have been around the world, traveling from their native South America to Asia, and back across the ocean to North America. People were probably munching on peanuts in Peru and Brazil at least 3,500 years ago.
The small legumes have a rich and creamy flavor that plays well with both salty and sweet. Thus, they’re found everywhere from curries to cookies, and often eaten by the handful. Roasted and salted or with honey, peanuts are a seductively simple snack.
Health Benefits of Peanuts
At Betsy’s Best, every ingredient is specially selected based on quality and flavor. But we also care about your health. More than just a satisfying treat, peanuts will help your health in several ways. So, what are the health benefits of peanuts?
For starters, peanuts are packed with essential nutrients. These yummy little nuggets contain niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, thiamin, riboflavin, choline, biotin, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E. They are also full of minerals including magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, iron, copper, selenium and manganese.
Health-minded eaters have surely heard that peanuts are high in fat. They don’t deserve a bad wrap for this though, as it’s mostly “the good kind” of fat. Monounsaturated fats like those found in peanuts promote healthy arteries and blood flow. In moderation, unsaturated fats can lower overall cardiovascular risk.
High Protein and Fiber Content
Even with their fat and calorie-count, peanuts are useful for weight management. Peanuts are rich, filling, and super high in fiber, all of which deter overeating. And with almost 30% of calories coming from protein, peanuts are a good plant-based source of protein.
A 2015 study shows that nuts and peanuts may protect against major causes of death. Respiratory disease, neuro-degenerative disease, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease are among the chronic diseases listed. It’s also believed that copper (found in peanuts) plays a role in fighting neuro-degenerative conditions. Conditions like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.
Did you know that these tasty legumes contain as many antioxidants as some fruits? Antioxidants are praised for their ability to neutralize free radicals. Free radicals can cause cell damage. Research also shows that roasting can significantly increase peanuts’ antioxidant content (specifically the compound p-coumaric acid).
Now do you see why we’re totally nuts for peanuts? You don’t need a lot to get these benefits, either. In recipes, on toast, or by the spoonful, “a little dab’ll do ya”. Oh, and our roasted peanuts are Non-GMO Project Verified. Just one more reason to love them as much as we do!