Top 4 Reasons You Should Eat a Small Amount of Peanuts or Peanut Butter Everyday

Aug 25, 2017

Eat Peanuts Daily!

1. Live a longer life.

  • Regular consumption of peanuts can contribute to longer life.
  • Recent research from Harvard showed that people who eat peanuts everyday decrease their risk of death from all causes by 20%.1

2. Shrink your waistline.

  • Peanuts and peanut butter are beneficial for weight maintenance.
  • Research from Purdue University showed that peanuts increase the hormone peptide YY, which promotes satiety and fullness.2
  • Frequent peanut and peanut butter eaters have lower BMIs and body weight even if they consume more calories.3

3. Follow your heart.

  • Research from Harvard showed that eating peanuts daily reduces risk of death from heart disease by 29%.1
  • Replacing red meat in the diet with a plant-protein like peanuts can decrease the risk of heart disease by 19%.4

4. Prevent disease with plant protein

  • A one-ounce serving of peanuts contains about 8 grams of cholesterol-free plant protein.5
  • Peanuts contain more protein than any other nut.5
  • Research from Harvard shows that a diet high in red meat is associated with unfavorable biomarkers of inflammation and glucose metabolism. Substituting red meat with another protein food, such as peanuts, is associated with a healthier biomarker profile.6
  • Another study from Harvard found that swapping one serving of processed or unprocessed red meat for an alternative protein such as nuts can decrease risk of stroke by 17%.7

1. Bao Y, Han J, Hu FB. Association of nut consumption with total and cause-specific mortality. N Engl J Med. 2013;369:2001-11.

2. Reis CEG, Ribiero DN, Costa NMB, Bressan J, Mattes RD. Acute and second-meal effects of peanuts on glycaemic response and appetite in obese women with high type 2 diabetes risk: a randomised crossover clinical trial. British Journal of Nutrition, Available on CJO 2012 doi:10.1017/S0007114512004217.

3. Kirkmeyer S., Mattes R., Effects of food attributes on hunger and food intake. Int J Obesity. 2000;24:1167-75.

4. Pan A, et al. Red Meat Consumption and mortality, Arch Int Med. 2012;172(7): 555-63.

5. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. 2013, USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 26. Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page, ndl.

6. Ley SH, Sun Q, Willett WC, et al. Associations between red meat intake and biomarkers of inflammation and glucose metabolism in women. Am J Clin Nutr. 2014;99(2):352-360. doi:10.3945/ ajcn.113.075663.

7. Bernstein AM, Pan A, Rexrode KM, et al. Dietary protein sources and the risk of stroke in men and women. Stroke J Cereb Circ. 2012;43(3):637-644. doi:10.1161/ STROKEAHA.111.633404.