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Should Men Eat Peanuts?

Cover Letter

Dear Ladies,

You may wonder why this article is ‘men’ specific when discussing a very general food called peanuts.

I owe you an apology for the title of this article and request you to allow me this one for the ‘M’ gender.

Many may wonder whether this salty staple can help or harm health, especially for people Assigned Male at Birth (AMAB).

They do offer several benefits specifically for AMAB people and could help promote muscle growth, support heart health, and enhance sexual function.

The attached bio data will help you take a closer look at research to determine whether AMAB people really do benefit from eating peanuts.

Hope you find it informative and share it with your significant other.

Sincerely.

Vinita Alvares Fernandes

 

BIO DATA 

 

Taxonomical Name: Arachis Hypogaea

Other Names:  Groundnut, Goober, Pindar or Monkey Nut

Origin: Widely grown in the tropics and subtropics

Food Group: Legume crop grown mainly for its edible seeds, raw peanuts when removed from the shell are translucent white with a fine pink skin, they taste bland more like peas than nuts. 

Nutrition value: 

– The Glycemic Index (GI) value of 13, which makes it a low GI food. 

– 100 grams of peanuts = 567 calories.

– 28 grams of peanuts = 7 grams of protein

– Rich in Magnesium, Folate, Vitamin E, Polyunsaturated Fats like Linoleic Acid,    and Arginine, 

Cooking Methods: Raw, blanched, roasted, boiled, fried, powdered, or made into peanut butter. Eating them with their thin, papery skin is most nutritionally beneficial as the skin contains the many antioxidants and phytochemicals. The taste is transformed from bland to salty (added salt) soft to crunchy when cooked,  making it a salty nutritious, anytime of day snack. 

Caution — Raw peanuts themselves are not toxic and are safe to eat. However, they can be contaminated with a mold called Aspergillus Flavus, which produces a chemical called Aflatoxin, a potential carcinogen that can cause health problems in people and animals.

 

Health Benefits: 

Eating peanuts or peanut butter in the morning may help control your blood sugar throughout the day. 

Peanuts may also help lessen the insulin spike of higher GI foods when paired together.

 

Recommended Daily Serving: A handful (1-2 ounces) of nuts or two tablespoons of peanut butter.

 

Work Experience with Men: 

– Peanuts are a rich source of protein. Protein is important for growth and development, tissue repair, immune function and wound healing, subsequently  aiding increase in muscle mass and body composition. On an average, men have 75% more muscle mass and 90% more strength than women. It is crucial for men to increase their protein intake to increase strength and to support muscle growth especially if you hit the gym for resistance training. Older men need this more as years advance to keep their body weight down, peanuts being low in calorie and high in protein offer an easy source.

– Heart disease is a serious health issue, more common in men; the polyunsaturated fats in peanuts lower the risk factors for heart disease. Studies show that eating peanuts twice a week can lower the risk of heart disease by 13%.

– Peanuts consumption may increase levels of HDL (good) Cholesterol. A difficult task for the human body.

– Peanuts are loaded with Arginine, an Amino Acid that’s converted into Nitric Oxide. Nitric oxide is a compound that helps dilate the blood vessels to improve blood flow and circulation. Arginine helps treat mild to moderate erectile dysfunction, improve semen quality, enhance libido, and increase testosterone levels. All in support of sexual health in men.

Additional Benefits: 

Versatile anytime of day snack include smoothies, dip with carrot cucumber sticks or banana and apple, peanut butter-jelly sandwich, granola bars, added to cereal.

– Peanuts can be a great addition to a plant- based diet lifestyle.

 

Drawbacks: 

Some people are severely allergic to these proteins. For these people, peanuts can cause a life-threatening allergic reaction. 

– Peanuts are high in calories; it is sensible to eat them in moderation as part of a balanced diet. 

– Peanuts are high in phosphorus, which can limit your body’s absorption of other minerals like zinc and iron.

 P. S. All genders can enjoy peanuts as part of a healthy, well-rounded diet.

Vinita Alvares Fernandes
Vinita Alvares Fernandes is an Economics graduate, a writer and a Trinity College certified public speaker and communicator

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