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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Peanuts Great For Weight Loss

Weight Loss Nutrition and Peanuts

Hot off the Peanut Press, here's the scoop on how to make peanuts and peanut butter a part of good nutrition. Besides being fun to eat and delicious, USA peanuts and peanut butter are nutritious! One ounce of peanuts is a good source of protein. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)* one ounce of dry-roasted peanuts provides more than 13% of the daily reference value (DRV) per serving.

Peanuts and peanut butter contain several vitamins and minerals. Peanuts are good sources of vitamin E and B vitamins. A USDA report shows peanuts supply minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium and zinc.

A diet containing peanuts and peanut butter is a good source of protein and helps to include more of the "good fat" (unsaturated fat) into one's eating habits. In addition, both peanuts and peanut butter are naturally cholesterol-free and contain many other important nutrients. For example, a peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread is just one of many examples of peanuts and peanut butter being used to create flavorful and nutritious combinations!

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) dietary guidelines, along with the American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines (May 2000) place an increased emphasis on decreasing saturated fat and cholesterol in the diet.

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (December 1999) showed that diets higher in monounsaturated fats from peanuts and peanut butter reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by 21 percent compared to the average American Diet, whereas a low-fat diet reduced the risk by only 12 percent. The National Peanut Board recommends including peanuts and peanut butter in place of other foods high in unsaturated fats.

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