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groundnut Groundnut (Arachis hypogaea), which also goes by several other names such as peanuts, earthnuts, monkey nuts, pinders, etc. is actually a legume that grows in the ground. It is a common sight during the rainy season to see little children hawking boiled groundnuts on the streets. A lot of people may be reluctant to buy a cup or two from off the streets but that should change right after you know the benefits associated with these nuts. Groundnuts along with peas and beans are among the best sources of protein in the plant kingdom and they are also super high in polyphenols; the chief of the antioxidant group. Although peanuts are high in fat, like avocados, they are high in the “good” kind of fat – monounsaturated fat. They also contain magnesium, foliate, vitamin E, copper, arginine, and fibre – all of which are known to lessen the risk of cardiovascular disease. The nuts are really rich with significant, beneficial nutrients that are essential for optimum health. Some of these benefits are:
  1. Reduces the risk of colon cancer: A number of studies have shown that nutrients found in groundnuts, including folic acid, phytosterols, phytic acid and resveratrol, may have anti-cancer effects. Eating groundnuts just 2 or more times each week has been associated with a 27% lowered risk of colon cancer in men and about twice that figure in women.
  2. They contain antioxidants: Groundnuts contain high concentrations of the antioxidant polyphenols, primarily a compound called p-coumaric acid and oleic acid, which not only protect the heart but impede the growth of free radicals, keeping infections at bay. They also lessen the risk of stomach cancer by preventing the formation of carcinogenic nitrosamines in the stomach.
  3. They contain Vitamin B3 which boosts memory and helps lower cholesterol: The same nutrient which gives groundnuts their memory boosting power also helps reduce and control cholesterol levels. Added to that is their copper content which aids in reducing bad cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol levels.
  4. Cardiovascular advantages: Regular intake of groundnuts helps to lessen the effects of aging whilst preventing several cardiovascular challenges such as stroke, heart attack and hardened arteries.
  5. Helps to prevent blood related problems: Groundnuts and groundnut products are very beneficial in the treatment of haemophilia and other related blood disorders. People suffering from nose bleeding also gain from eating groundnuts and it is also helpful in reducing excessive menstruation bleeding in women.
  6. They help to combat depression: Peanuts are good sources of tryptophan, an essential amino acid which is important for the production of serotonin, one of the key brain chemicals involved in mood regulation. When depression occurs, a decreased amount of serotonin may be released from the nerve cells in the brain. Tryptophan may raise serotonin’s antidepressant effects when there is an increased amount of serotonin in the blood.
  7. They are generally rich in vitamins and minerals: Groundnuts are rich vitamins and contain at least 13 different types of vitamins that include Vitamin A, B, C and E. Added to this, groundnuts are also rich in 26 essential minerals like calcium, iron, zinc, boron, etc. The cocktail of all these vitamins and minerals will help in brain function and development, strengthening your bones and purifying your blood.
  8. Lowers Risk of Weight Gain: Eating nuts regularly is associated with a reduced risk of weight gain. Research has shown that people who eat nuts at least twice weekly are much less likely to gain weight than those who almost never eat them.
It is important to note that allergic reactions can occur with virtually any food and as such, it is best you know your system and what goes down well with you. Groundnuts can be enjoyed raw, roasted, boiled and fried, as additives to chocolates, gravy or cookies and in peanut butter spread. Whichever way you choose to prepare your groundnut, just make sure you savour every moment of it.

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This article was first published on 15th July 2013 and updated on August 11th, 2013 at 10:41 pm

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61 thoughts on “Health Benefits of Groundnut”

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  • Is groundnut beneficial for lowering triglyceride?

  • I am in love with goundnut and not knowing it has medicinal importance until I googled it. Wow! I love the feed back I got.

  • I learnt well now.I used to be scared of eating it, thinking it has a high cholesterol content that will make me add more weight.Thanks for this info!

  • l luv eating groundnut because of its nutritional values.

  • i have never know there are benefits in groundnut uptake until i google, very interesting!!!

  • Thank you very much, i love gnut but people said it will give pimples and some other things,God thank u i know better now.

  • I like groundnut and have been eating it without knowing its nutritional values. Now that I have known the values, I think am gonna increase my rate of consumption. But, is there no negative effects of groundnut?

  • Nice information . is there any demerit of eating it ? Some say that it causes malaria .

  • Groundnut what a wonderful discovery, I’ve been eating it for so many years without knowing its benefit but thank God now I know, nice one

  • nice one, l dont like eating gnut before for fear of increase in weight but now l know better.

  • Praise God!
    Good one. Facts are better than myths. I like eating groundnut. I’ll put a bottle on my table today for family & friends today. Now I know it is okay eating groundnut.
    God bless you.

  • i love ground nuts since i was young and all along i ve been thinking that it makes one fat. Now i know it doesnt do that at all. Big up to this blog.

  • I want to know how important groundnuts are to diabetic pertinent and the implications of it as well

  • Thank u very much,keep on enlighting on health&usefullness of foods.

  • Very informative article, Thanks for sharing information.

  • Thank u so much I can now relax my mind i was afraid of its side effect ‘cos I DEVOUR it a lot.

  • thank you very much for this information on groundnut. I love groundnut since my childhood..

  • tnx alot for that imformation on groundnut i love eating it on daliy basi

  • Thanks alot for this wonderful information about groundnut. Please, also share with us its demerits.

  • Thanks for this wonderful information

  • Thanks for this enlightenment. I was thinking is not good for people that fat.

  • its great to knw much abt groundnuts

  • I never know groundnuts had such huge benefits!


  • Whao!!!dis is great…groundnut here i yummie-yummie

  • I want to know if a diabetic patient can eat boiledgroundnut.

  • I am so so glad for this information about this wonderful snack. I love eating groundnut every day after eating peppering food especially. I thought it making me add up weight but reading your article has made me love it more. You made my day. Thanks

  • Interesting &loving2 d benefit of grou nut.

  • Thanks for the wonderful info I shall continue shewing the nut

  • i enjoyed eating groundnuts. Buh i wnt ask, does groundnut contributes pimples bcos of its fat content? I use to have a lot of it on my face so i stopped eating groundnut bcos peoples says it causes pimples. But i wnt t start it again. Does it contribute pimples, pls?

  • I’ven’t been taking it seriously in recent time though i used to eat it before.Thanks for d information

  • v – happy for getting this information , I’m always afraid of eating groundnut cause I tought it causes pimples.

  • This is great information I loved groundnut so much but due to what people say about the oil content of it dat it makes people to add weght so I don’t take it so offent but iwill start takiNg it very well now.

  • I love eating groundnuts

  • Lovely

  • I like eating groundnut daily and so i said to a friend, d rate @ which i eat dis groundnut is too much and i think i need a break until after i Google it. Bt thanks to God & u guys dt it ws just some hrs later i saw dis and am didn’t stop bt rather would continue. Thanks.

  • wawooo thanks very much for increasing information i had on consumption of gnuts, l gonna increase more consumption of it

  • Thanks much for ur iformation on g nut now i can know d advantages of g nut as dis relates to ailment i suffer for .God bless

  • Den

    I like gnut but afraid of its causing of pimples

  • Thanks a lot for this writeup, I’ve been a groundnut love but never knew it’s this packed…

  • wow! so much nutrient, bles God.

  • Wow wow wow i never knew that this what have been missing just beacuse i needed a clear voice mean while wehing my system, but thanks for your lecture. Keep it up.

  • hm, see small food with biggst value….like to eat ground nut

  • I never knew about this but thnks for this….I was scared of it that was why I checked it out…

  • I am happy for knowing what I never knew. thanks Google.

  • I was once told grondnut helps to boost spam in men, so i decided to Google it. Though i know grondnut gives protein, i never knew about all d other benefits of grondnut. Thanks for d info.

  • Woww! I never knew gnut is rich in nutrition like dis, well’ i dnt luv eaten gnut alot but after discovering d benefit of it, i think i ll increase d intake now.


  • Now i know more about groundnut. Information is power. But i have experience of releasing fat whenever i eat groundnut. Again, it helps me going to toilet. Please, what is the process involve in producing groundnut oil. I have interest.

  • I enjoy groundnut but didn’t know it’s this rich. Thanks for elaborate explanation.
    I’ll keep eating it.

  • olu

    I did not know that groundnut has such health benefits. Thanks for your enlightiment.Olu ..

  • Tnx it was informative

  • Small but mighty. I will start to eat it now. Arachis hypogeal.

  • Just what I was looking for. I did not expect groundnuts to have such benefits. Kudos to the writer. And I should just chip this in, this blog is awesome!

  • All the while, i had so much fears in taking lots of groundnut because of the fear of pimples but after your post on the health benefits of groundnut, i realized that it does more good than harm.

  • Ground nut is an multipurpose delicious confectionaries

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