The Food That Aces the Heart-Healthy Exam
Peanuts often get a bad rap—in part because they cause allergies in a fairly substantial portion of the population—but also because they’re thought of as fattening.
Did you know, however, that peanuts are an excellent source of good fats? Yes, it’s true—peanuts contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fats—the same kind of fats profiled in the Mediterranean diet. This diet, as you know, has been heavily promoted to help prevent the sorts of problems that lead to heart disease.
Along with healthy fats, peanuts contain good amounts of folate, vitamin E, and vitamin B3 (niacin). Vitamin E is a fat-soluble compound that acts like an antioxidant. It protects vitamin A and essential fatty acids from oxidation in your body’s cells
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