Disease Prevention with Peanuts
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 shows that peanuts, peanut butter, and peanut oil all help to prevent chronic diseases, including:
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.
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