Friday, August 8, 2008

Nutritional Value of Peanut and Peanut Butter

Nutritional Value of Peanut
Peanut is a legume used throughout the world for a variety of purposes including production of oil, butter, chocolates, cookies, etc. Peanuts are also eaten raw, roasted or added in various delicacies.
Nutrition Facts and Information about Peanut: Peanuts are a rich source of protein. They are rich in almost all minerals. Peanuts contain excellent levels of manganese, copper and magnesium. It is also a very good source of iron, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, selenium and tryptophan. Peanuts contain traces of sodium.
Vitamin Content: Peanut is a good source of Niacin and folate. Peanuts also contain thiamin, vitamin E, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6 and riboflavin.
Calorie Content of Peanut: 100g of Peanuts contributes 567 calories of energy. They are a very good source of monounsaturated fats. Peanut is very low in cholesterol and sodium.
Health Benefits of Peanut: Peanuts contribute to brain health, brain circulation and blood flow. In addition to that, peanuts are also good antioxidants. Other health benefits of peanut include protection against colon cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, heart disease, and high cholesterol.

Nutritional Value of Peanut Butter
Peanut butter (also known as peanut paste) is made from ground roasted peanuts, with or without added oil. Peanut butter is rich in proteins and hence is a useful part of diet, especially for vegetarians.
Nutrition Facts and Information about Peanut Butter: Peanut butter is an excellent source of potassium, phosphorous and magnesium. It also contains very good amounts of calcium and sodium. Peanut butter contains good amounts of iron, zinc, manganese and selenium.
Vitamin Content: Peanut butter contains excellent levels of niacin and very good amounts of vitamin B3 and vitamin E. It contains good amounts of vitamin k, thiamin, pantothenic acid and riboflavin.
Calorie Content of Peanut Butter: Peanut butter is a high calorie food. The total calorie content in 100 grams of peanut butter is 589 calories. An excellent source of protein, peanuts also contains folate, dietary fiber and arginine.
Health Benefits of Peanut Butter: The benefits of peanut butter include cardiovascular diseases, coronary heart diseases, high cholesterol levels, high blood sugar, cancer, and gallstones.

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