Groundnut Health Benefits | Groundnut for Diabetes, Skin, Digestion

Question:

Should groundnuts be eaten boiled, roasted or raw?

Answer:

Groundnut is considered to be a healthy food and it is used as a healthy snack the world over. Groundnut was first cultivated in South America; from there it spread to other parts of the world. Groundnut belongs to pea and bean family and it is a legume. The other names for groundnuts are peanuts, pindas, jack nuts, pinders, manila nuts, monkey nuts etc.

Groundnuts have a high nutritional value. It is a rich source of energy, high in protein content, vitamins such as A, E, B complex and vitamin C are found abundantly in groundnut.

It is a rich source of minerals calcium, copper, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, zinc etc.

Groundnut is rich in protein content; it contains more protein than meat, eggs and any other vegetables products except soyabean and yeast. Roasting the groundnut is better as the mineral contents and the essential vitamins are preserved. Digestion of the peanut is better if it is chewed properly and made into paste. Eating fresh roasted groundnuts are valuable if they are mixed with jaggery and milk. This combination is useful in growing children, pregnant women, and lactating mother.

Uses of groundnut in some illness:

  • Excessive bleeding: It is useful in bleeding disorders, in epistaxis that is bleeding from nose, and in women with excessive menstruation.
  • Diabetes: Eating a handful of groundnuts helps to prevent malnutrition and checks arterial and venous occlusion.
  • Chronic diarrhea: Nicotinic acid deficiency can cause chronic diarrhea, since groundnut is a rich source of nicotinic acid it can be consumed with goats milk.
  • Chewing fresh groundnut helps to restore the strength to the gums and the teeth.
  • Groundnut oil if applied daily on the face, keeps the face fresh and free from acne.

Asthmatic person should avoid raw or roasted groundnut as it is known to trigger an asthmatic episode. Excessive use of groundnuts can produce stomach upset, hyperacidity, and indigestion in a few individual.

To eat groundnut in raw, boiled, or roasted form depends on a person’s choice but like other food articles, food values are most preserved in raw and roasted form.

15 Comments

  1. Lea said:

    Yes it is true that groundnuts helps in healing wounds. It helped me to heal my wounds after the operation.

    June 21, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      This is because of the vitamin E and C present in groundnut.

      July 3, 2012
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  2. Anonymous said:

    I have heard groundnuts cause pimples, is it true?

    August 28, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      Pimple occurs when the sebaceous glands are blocked. This glands produce oil. Groundnuts have high fat content. The fat is broken into fatty acids. When you eat too much of groundnuts there is rise in fatty acids in the blood. Excess of fat in the blood can also pass into the sebaceous glands giving rise pimples and acne.So eating too much of groundnuts may be responsible for pimple formation in some individuals.

      August 29, 2012
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  3. kL said:

    I love groundnut so much and every time I eat a handful of them makes me more energized.

    March 22, 2013
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  4. AB said:

    I eat plenty of groundnuts. I have heard it causes malaria. Is it true?

    June 5, 2013
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    • PUP said:

      Malaria is caused by mosquito bites. It is not caused by eating groundnuts. When a mosquito bites an infected person, the germs enter into the blood stream of mosquito. When the same mosquito bites a healthy person these germs are transferred in him and after few days he may suffer from symptoms of malaria such as fever, chills, bodyache, etc.

      June 6, 2013
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  5. Star Princess said:

    Does boiled groundnut cause pimples? Since I have started eating a lot of them, I am having pimples on my face.

    August 30, 2014
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    • PUP said:

      Boiled groundnuts are lower in calorie and fat. They are concentrated with many nutrients. They are healthy snack diet. If you are eating them in limit, it may not be a cause for breakouts. However, anything in excess may not be always good for health. As such each person is different one food may suit while the same may not suit the other. If you feel that groundnuts are responsible for acne, omit it from your diet for few days and see whether they disappear.

      September 3, 2014
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  6. KM said:

    I love eating groundnut in all forms whether raw, cooked or roasted. Is there any health hazard that groundnut can trigger?

    September 20, 2014
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    • PUP said:

      Groundnuts are popularly known as peanuts. Eating a handful of groundnuts is healthy for your body as it helps to lower the risk of heart disease, besides various other benefits. However, despite of all the antioxidants and nutrients, peanuts are high in calories and this can increase your weight if you eat them in plenty. Additionally, if you eat them in plenty and your stomach gets full you may be devoid of other nutrients that may be present in other food items. If you are having high blood pressure, you should avoid salted groundnuts. Therefore eat it in moderation.

      September 23, 2014
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  7. MN said:

    I had operated for hernia last three days back. Can I eat groundnuts?

    January 9, 2015
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    • PUP said:

      You have not mentioned the type of hernia. Assuming it to be an inguinal hernia, there is no restriction in eating any food, including groundnuts. However, many people suffer from cough with eating excessive groundnuts. Coughing is not good after hernia operation as the due to pressure in the abdomen, the sutures may be come lose. It is best to consult your doctor regarding what food you should eat and what you have to avoid immediately for few days or weeks after the operation.

      January 9, 2015
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  8. RM said:

    Can people who have undergone coronary artery bypass surgery, who are diabetic and hypertensive eat groundnuts? What type of food they should eat?

    May 12, 2015
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    • PUP said:

      Few gram of groundnut is not a concern for patients. But they should not eat in large amount. Patients suffering from diabetes, hypertension and heart disease should restrict intake of salt and sugar. They should rely more on vegetables and fruits in their meal. Avoid eating red meat and other dairy products which are high in fats. Avoid eating sugary food. Exercise as recommended by the physician. Take regular nap and 8 hours sleep. Quit smoking and alcoholic drinks.

      May 12, 2015
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