Peanuts are an excellent source of a range of nutrients, including protein, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals, and they have a positive effect on the heart and circulation. But can they also help you lose weight? Yes! US researchers analysed a large number of peanut studies and discovered that peanuts are a great choice if you’re looking to manage your weight. Although peanuts contain a lot of fat, they have a positive influence on the body mass index, which evaluates body weight in relation to body size. One reason for this effect might be that peanuts make you feel full more quickly. Researchers also discovered that the body’s basic energy consumption rises slightly when you eat peanuts regularly. The body appears to need this additional energy to digest the peanuts. These mechanisms ensure that the calories from the peanuts do not end up on your hips and that the body can make use of the valuable nutrients. So, in moderation, snacking on peanuts can help ensure that you get a good variety in your diet, stay slim and even boost your health.
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