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Nuts, legumes and seeds

Yes in deed peanuts are legumes and part of the pea family. The almond is technically the seed of the fruit of the almond tree. Like the peach, cherry and apricot trees, the almond tree bears fruits with stone-like seeds (or pits) within. The seed of the almond fruit is what we refer to as the almond nut.

For nutritional reasons nuts and seeds are often grouped together because they contain similar health properties.

Studies of diets with a special emphasis on peanuts have shown that they can decreased cardiovascular disease risk by an estimated 21% compared to the average American diet.

Peanuts provide resveratrol, the phenolic antioxidant also found in red grapes and red wine that is thought to be responsible for the French having a lower risk of cardiovascular disease compared to the U.S. Health Study that involved over 86,000 women, have found that frequent nut consumption is related to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

Not only do peanuts contain oleic acid, the healthful fat found in olive oil, but new research shows these tasty legumes are also as rich in antioxidants as many fruits.

Roasted peanuts (Not the fried salted ones) rival the antioxidant content of blackberries and strawberries, and are far richer in antioxidants than apples, carrots or beets.

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