Peanuts contain all the 20 amino acids in variable proportions and is the biggest source of the amino acid “arginine” (USDA, 2014).
According to Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) peanut proteins and other legume proteins such as soy proteins are nutritionally equivalent to meat and eggs for human growth and health (FAO, 2002).
✅RICH SOURCE OF VITAMIN B3
It has been recognized as a great source of niacin (B3), which is important for the functioning of the digestive systems, skin, nerves, helps in conversion of food to energy and supposed to protect against Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline (Morris, 2004).
Peanuts have been touted as a functional food with numerous functional components like Coenzyme Q10 which has positive effects on ATP synthesis and cardiovascular health (Griffiths et al., 2015).
✅TRACE AMOUNTS OF RESVERATROL:
The same flavonoid that is abundant in RED WINE (French paradox anyone?) Peanuts are excellent source of resveratrol, a polyphenol antioxidant (More on this soon).
Contamination of peanuts with mycotoxins, particularly aflatoxins, is a worldwide problem, and a threat to human health.
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