Peanuts pack a real nutritional punch in each little legume — protein, fiber, healthy fats, a whole host of essential vitamins and minerals — and eating them may protect against cardiovascular disease, just as more expensive tree nuts do. We’ve known for years that people who eat tree nuts — almonds, walnuts pistachios, etc. — are less likely to develop cardiovascular disease than people who don’t eat nuts. However, new research has found that peanuts (which are actually legumes) confer the same heart-healthy benefits. Buy them unsalted (raw or roasted) and aim for a handful (one or two ounces) a day. While eating them at snack time is a no-brainer, they’re also delicious added to salads at mealtime. And don’t forget to enjoy those walnuts too! They’re great for your joints, brain and eyes.
“By eating organic raw greens, nuts and healthy fats, I am flooding my body with enzymes, vitamins and oxygen.” Kris Carr