Peanuts and Cholesterol

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Over the years, certain foods like peanuts have received bad press because they are relatively high in fat. That may be true. However, as it turns out, peanuts are composed of monounsaturated fats, the type of fat that lowers LDL, or the "bad" cholesterol. According to one study performed by the US Food and Drug Administration, 1 to 2 ounces of peanuts eaten five or more times per week can help lower your risk for heart disease by over 25 percent. Since peanuts are legumes, they also provide more protein than any other nut. And finally, peanuts are excellent sources of fiber (known to reduce LDL levels), vitamin E, potassium, magnesium and zinc.

Over the years, certain foods like peanuts have received bad press because they are relatively high in fat. That may be true. However, as it turns out, peanuts are composed of monounsaturated fats, the type of fat that lowers LDL, or the "bad" cholesterol. According to one study performed by the US Food and Drug Administration, 1 to 2 ounces of peanuts eaten five or more times per week can help lower your risk for heart disease by over 25 percent. Since peanuts are legumes, they also provide more protein than any other nut. And finally, peanuts are excellent sources of fiber (known to reduce LDL levels), vitamin E, potassium, magnesium and zinc.

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