People have enjoyed the delicious crunch of peanuts throughout history, and it seems like they’ve always been known for their nutritional value. As early as 1502, travelers to Hispaniola (today’s Haiti and Dominican Republic) discovered that natives consumed peanuts frequently and considered it a healthy food. In the 1600s in the French Antilles, peanuts were thought to have benefits for stomach ailments. In the 1890s in the United States, peanut butter was used as a plant-based protein source to help sick patients recover in the Battle Creek, MI sanitarium headed by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (the same doctor who invented corn flakes).
Today, research surrounding peanut nutrition continues to point to its health benefits. Extensive research has helped us answer the questions below, click to learn more
- Are Peanuts Good for the Heart and Can They Prevent Heart Disease?
- Do Peanuts Help Prevent Cancer?
- Are Peanuts Bad for Diabetics?
- Do Peanuts Cause Inflammation?
- What Other Diseases Can Peanuts Help With?
Studies continue to show that the peanut’s unique nutrient profile and bioactive components play a beneficial role in many areas of health and disease prevention.