Health Benefits of Peanuts
Surprisingly, peanuts are not actually in the nut family. They are classified as legumes along with foods like green peas, soybeans, and lentils. The peanut plant likely originated in South America in Brazil or Peru. Scientists have found 3,500-year-old pottery in the shape of peanuts, as well as decorated with peanuts, in South America.
Peanuts grow below ground as the fruit of the peanut plant. In the early 1800s, Americans started growing peanuts as a commercial crop. On average, Americans eat more than 6 pounds of peanuts per year. Today, 50% of the peanuts eaten in the United States are consumed in the form of peanut butter.
Here are the nutrition facts for 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of raw peanuts:
Protein: 25.8 grams
Carbs: 16.1 grams
Sugar: 4.7 grams
Fiber: 8.5 grams
Fat: 49.2 gramsSaturated: 6.28 grams
Monounsaturated: 24.43 grams
Polyunsaturated: 15.56 grams
Omega-3: 0 grams
Omega-6: 15.56 grams
Trans: 0 grams
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