Peanuts are one of our favorite go-to healthy snacks. And for so many reasons. So why is it that so many people believe that peanuts aren’t as good for you as other nuts or that they have too much fat to be healthy? We’re breaking down and debunking all the peanut myths out there. That way the peanut record is cleared once and for all. Behold the truly powerful and nutritious peanut!
Myth: Peanuts are unhealthy because they’re high in fat.
Truth: Peanuts contain good-for-ya fats.
Peanuts are totally heart-healthy! With 80 percent good fats and a good source of vitamin E, peanuts may actually help reduce the risk of heart disease*.
Myth: Peanuts have too much sodium.
Truth: There are tasty low-sodium options available.
If you work out and sweat a lot, sodium is actually a good thing because it’s an electrolyte. But, that doesn’t mean you want to go overboard with the sodium all the time. That’s why Planters Lightly Salted Dry Roasted Peanuts is one of our faves. You get that delicious flavor with way less sodium. Don’t want any salt added at all? Go with these. We love them on salads!
Myth: Peanuts aren’t as good for you as other nuts.
Truth: Peanuts have powerful nutrition.
There’s a lot of buzz about nuts (and more on “nuts” here in a bit), but peanuts are a smart choice because they’re so nutritionally dense. In fact, peanuts are a good source of phosphorus and magnesium, and an excellent source of manganese and niacin. Talk about a wholesome source of energy!
Myth: Peanuts are more of a “bar snack” than a “gym snack.”
Truth: Peanuts pump up the protein.
We won’t lie; peanuts are good with beer. But just because they’re commonly had at the bar doesn’t mean that they’re not equally good for your workouts. Boasting 7 grams of plant-based protein and 170 calories per ounce, peanuts pack a protein punch!
Myth: Peanuts are a nut.
Truth: Peanuts are a legume.
We know; the “nuts” part in “peanuts” is misleading. The perk of peanuts actually being a legume? They have lots of fiber! (Talk about a fun party fact, right?)
Myth: Elephants love peanuts.
Which is good, because, hey, more for us!
Myth: Peanuts aren’t a great choice if you’re trying to lose weight.
Truth: Peanuts are a great weight-loss snack.
Filled with protein and fiber, peanuts are one of those snacks that keep you feeling full and energized, no matter what weight you’re at or want to be at. (And, hey, we think you’re beautiful and awesome at every size.)
Why do you love peanuts? I also love that they’re just plain tasty. And gluten-free! —Jenn
*Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as peanuts, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol and not resulting in increased caloric intake may reduce the risk of heart disease.