How Many Calories are in Boiled Peanuts?

Boiled peanuts are typically made from green or raw peanuts and are a common treat in the southern United States.Once they're boiled, you usually salt them; this doesn't add any calories to the boiled peanuts, but does of course add a significant amount of sodium.

boiled peanuts in barrel (Image: David-Shih/iStock/Getty Images)

Calories

You can usually buy boiled peanuts either shelled or with their shells intact. One cup of boiled peanuts that have been shelled has 572 calories, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Nutrient Database. One cup of boiled peanuts with their shells has only 200 calories.

Calories From Nutrients

Each cup of peanuts in their shell packs almost 14 grams of fat, for 125 calories. It also has over 13 g of carbohydrates, for 54 calories, and 8.5 grams of protein, for 36 calories. One cup of shelled peanuts, meanwhile, has almost 40 grams of fat, 38 grams of carbohydrates and 24 grams of protein, for 360, 152 and 96 calories, respectively.

Considerations

If you like boiled peanuts but want to avoid eating too many calories, buy the peanuts in-shell and shell them yourself. By taking the time between eating each nut to shell the next one, you'll allow your body to realize when it's full and likely eat fewer peanuts overall.

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