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While many people know that nuts are beneficial for their health, some are wary of eating too many because of the high fat content.
However, research confirms that eating a portion of peanuts, or peanut butter, per day may help reduce the risk of heart disease, type II diabetes and gallbladder disease, without the risk of weight gain.
It appears there really is a lot more to the humble peanut than simply ‘good fats' in terms of decreasing the risk of disease.
So, what are the beneficial components of peanuts?
Antioxidants (comparable to broccoli and tomatoes!)
The cardioprotective effect
When a South African research team investigated the effects of nuts on blood fat levels, they found that eating 1½ to 3½ servings of nuts, at least 5 times a week, could significantly lower cholesterol levels .
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