Peanuts are indeed a man’s fortune. Not only are they cheap and easily affordable, they pack together a range of benefits that can keep a man well protected against diseases and ailments.
According to the findings of a new study, eating peanuts along with a meal protect the body against cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and stroke.
Researchers at the Pennsylvania State University in the US explained that after every meal, the body witnesses a spike in blood lipids and triglycerides. This increase leads to the stiffening of the arteries that in turn spurs the incidence of cardiovascular diseases.
However, eating about three ounces of peanuts with a high-fat meal obstructs this phenomenon. Researchers analysing the subjects found that individuals who ate peanuts registered a 32 percent reduction in the triglyceride levels.
“After a meal, triglycerides increase and this typically decreases the dilation of the arteries, but the peanuts prevent that big increase in triglycerides after the meal,” study’s lead researchers Kris-Etherton said.
“As the heart works harder and harder, over a longer period of time, it could lead, ultimately, to heart failure,” Kris-Etherton added.
Thus, eating a handful of peanuts with every meal can reduce the overtime hardening of arteries, cutting the risk of heart failures.
The findings of the study are published in the current issue of Journal of Nutrition.