Raw peanuts are rich in energy and contain health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. They compose sufficient levels of monounsaturated fatty acids (mufa), especially oleic acid. Mufa helps lower ldl or "bad cholesterol" and increases hdl or "good cholesterol” level in the blood. Research studies suggest that the Mediterranean diet which is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids help prevent coronary artery disease and stroke risk by favoring healthy serum lipid profile. Peanut kernels are a good source of dietary protein; compose fine quality amino acids that are essential for growth and development.
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