History of peanuts
Peanut shaped pottery and jars painted with peanuts, which are nearly 3500 years old, have been found in South America, suggesting how long peanuts have been known to humanity.
It is believed that the Incas of Peru used peanuts for spiritual purposes as well, and are said to have included them in the burial chambers of mummies. But why? They seemed to have believed that peanuts contained such magical nutritional strength that it could even support the afterlife of the dead!
Some indigenous people in Brazil are said to have mixed the ground peanuts with maize to make health-drinks. Subsequently, explorers and traders who realized the enormous potential of this seed later spread
this grain throughout the world.
In 1904, peanut butter was introduced at the St Louis World Fair. Before this introduction,
however, some physicians in St Louis are said to have used peanut butter as a nutritious food
alternative for very old patients with weak teeth and chewing difficulties.
Then, the efficacy of peanut butter as a healthy food was further corroborated by the fact that it
became a ration for American soldiers during world war 1 and 2, who popularized it.
Today, peanut butter has become an extremely popular spread under many brand names. Organic
peanut butter is also available.
Peanut butter is well known for its high protein level and Vitamin B-6. Notably, vitamin B-6 is an essential component of heart health. It also contains magnesium, potassium, zinc, and phosphorous, all of which are essential for various body functions. For example, magnesium is crucial to the body as it contributes towards most of the chemical processes, whereas phosphorus is vital in building healthy cells and bones, and producing energy. Zinc is significant for improved immunity. Furthermore, niacin helps maintain healthy digestion.
On the negative side, however, peanut butter is high in calories, saturated fats, and sodium.
Peanut butter can be used to gain weight as well as lose it, according to some studies. This
means, moderate eating of peanut butter results in weight loss.
Depending on the daily calorie intake requirement, which is related to one’s level of activity age
and body size, consumption can be determined.
Peanut butter improves heart health as much as olive oil does because it has the almost same proportion of unsaturated fats to saturated fats. Peanut butter helps to manage blood sugar levels since it is a low-carbohydrate food with reasonable amounts of fats and protein, and some fiber as well.
Studies suggest that moderate consumption of peanut products reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Peanut butter as a keto diet
Peanuts also rank among Pecans, Brazil nuts, Flax Seeds, Walnuts, and so on as an excellent candidate for a ketogenic diet plan. This is mainly because peanut is low in carbohydrates and
high in fat and protein.