WHAT WE EAT HAS A DIRECT CONNECTION WITH HOW WE FEEL
Our food can help protect our bodies against certain diseases and health conditions. When it comes to our hearts, peanuts in particular can provide some big-time benefits – which is why they are certified as part of the American Heart Association’s ‘Heart Check’ program.
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease, but many of the essential nutrients in peanuts – including manganese, niacin, copper, magnesium and potassium- can help lower that risk.
HEALTHY FATS THAT HELP MANAGE CHOLESTEROL
High levels of LDL, or “bad” cholesterol in your blood can lead to atherosclerosis- a condition where fatty deposits have built up inside your arteries, preventing blood flow. If the arteries around your heart become clogged by these deposits, it can result in heart disease.
Peanuts are a rich source of a heart-healthy type of fat that lowers LDL levels, and have shown to reduce heart disease risk by 15%. They also contain healthy oils, plant-based protein and fiber that can help further reduce unhealthy cholesterol.
PEANUTS HELP FIGHT INFLAMMATION
Inflammation also plays a big role in developing atherosclerosis, and peanuts are packed with nutrients to help you fight it – including magnesium, vitamin E, arginine, phenolic compounds and fiber.
This information is provided by The Peanut Institute – www.peanut-institute.com.