Something Good About Peanuts!

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Peanuts have a significant place in some Indian cuisines. For fear of cholesterol, many avoid them.

Ever heard of the term ‘Resveratrol’? Perhaps in connection with red wine? This miracle compound protects against cancer, cardiac and vascular diseases, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. It also has anti-ageing properties. Resveratrol is an antioxidant that some plants like grapevine and legumes make in response to fungi or to survive drought and lack of food.

Boiled peanuts with their pink skin and sprouted peanuts contain 1.80 to 7.87 microgram/gm of resveratrol. Other sources include seeds of red and purple grapes, skins of cranberries, mulberries, bilberries, blueberries and more.

When peanuts are roasted and their skin discarded, the content of resveratrol reduces drastically. Hence the best way to get resveratrol from peanuts is to boil them with the shell.

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