Q: Should I feel guilty about my midafternoon
handful of peanuts?
A: No. Peanuts are a nutrient-rich snack that pack more
protein than any other nut. The protein, combined with
the folate, niacin, vitamin E, magnesium and 30 other
nutrients, makes them a snack choice you can feel good
Q: A handful of peanuts keeps me full for
A: Peanuts and peanut butter score low on the glycemic
index (GI) scale, which means they provide a slower
energy source to your blood-stream and keep insulin
levels steadier than foods with high GI scores. As a
result, including peanuts and peanut butter in your
daily eating plan can be an effective way to help
control hunger (Ludwig, 2003).
Q: Do peanuts contain antioxidants?
A: Absolutely. Peanuts have more antioxidants than
green tea, broccoli or carrots (USDA, 2007).
Antioxidants protect our bodies’ cells from harmful free
radicals, and in turn, research has shown, but has not
proven, that they may protect us from many diseases such
as cancer, cardiovascular disease, immune dysfunctions
and cognitive problems associated with aging (Blumhoff,
Q: I’m trying to lose weight, but I don’t want to cut out peanuts or
peanut butter. Can I still eat them?
A: There’s no reason to cut peanuts or peanut
butter out of your weight loss plan. In fact, when
portioned right and as part of a healthy diet, they can
help you feel fuller longer in order to maintain a
healthy weight. (McMannus, 2001).