Peanuts are nutritional powerhouses. According to the Peanut Institute, there are six important reasons to choose nutrient dense peanuts. 

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  • Protein  – Peanuts contain more plant-based protein (almost 25%) by weight than any other nut variety.  
  • Nutrients – Besides protein, peanuts are significant sources of nutrients that can be difficult to get enough of in everyday eating: vitamins and minerals including magnesium, potassium, folate, niacin and vitamin E.  
  • Fiber – Both soluble and insoluble fiber in peanuts, along with protein, contribute to feelings of satiety. Fiber is also important for digestive health. 
  • Low Carbohydrate – Peanuts have little carbohydrate (natural sugar) content relative to their high protein and healthy fat content.  That means peanuts have a very low glycemic index/glycemic load. This is beneficial in the management of type 2 diabetes and for weight loss.  
  • Bioactives – Peanuts contain plant substances beyond vitamins and minerals that have health benefits: phytosterols, polyphenols, flavonoids, arginine, resveratrol and other antioxidants.  
  • Healthy Fats – Peanuts are a healthy high-fat product; most of the fat in peanuts and peanut butter is unsaturated.  The main fatty acid is oleic acid, the same as found in olive oil. 

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