Raw white peanuts (jumbo peanuts) are very popular in North America, whether plain, roasted or in spreads. It is often believed that the peanut is a nut, but in reality, it is a legume like beans. Raw white peanuts are an excellent source of vegetable protein, although they are less complete than animal proteins.
Raw white peanuts are on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) list of major allergens. Peanut allergies can be severe and even a small amount can cause anaphylactic shock. Allergy sufferers should eliminate from their diet any product containing peanuts or whose label indicates a possibility of containing them. They should also avoid peanut oil since it may contain protein particles, which are the cause of the allergy. In addition, it is considered prudent to refrain from consuming nuts in general (shelled and oil seeds), since these also have a high allergenic potential and they are often handled and distributed by companies specializing in peanuts.
Peanuts and weight gain: a myth denied
Many people tend to limit their consumption of peanuts for fear that their high caloric content will lead to weight gain. However, studies have shown that incorporating regular consumption of peanuts into the regular diet entails relatively little risk of weight gain. This could be explained in particular by a feeling of satiety and an increase in metabolism following the consumption of peanuts. In addition, a diet containing peanuts could lead to additional excretion of fat in the stool. Indeed, up to 20% of fatty acids from a diet containing nuts are excreted in the stool and not absorbed.
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