“Take me out to the ballgame.  Take me out to the crowd.  Buy me some peanuts and …..”  You are probably humming along with me!  Peanuts are part of our American culture, with a rich food history from lunchbox cuisine to wedding celebrations.  They are a staple in 94 percent of kitchens today!   Despite having the word “nut” in their name, Peanuts are actually legumes, making them part of the bean family along with lentils, garbanzo beans, and black beans.  

Originating in South America, Peanuts were popularized in the 19th century in the United States by inventor George Washington Carver, and in 1903 Dr. Ambrose Straub, a St. Louis physician, patented a peanut butter-making machine.  Peanuts are a high-protein, low carbohydrate food.  They are packed with LIVE YOUNGER benefits, including:

  1. Resveratrol:  Peanuts are one of the few dietary sources of this potent polyphenolic antioxidant.  One-fourth of a cup of boiled peanuts contains about the same amount as a glass of red wine.  
  2. Fat and Fiber:  Foods with both fat and fiber slow down the release of digested food from the stomach into the small intestine.  Peanuts are one of the few foods that support blood sugar balance because of this unique combination.
  3. Monounsaturated Fats:  This is the type of fat that the heart-healthy Mediterranean Diet boasts.  Olive oil is another example of this type of fat.  The American Heart Association states that monounsaturated fats are the best fats to promote good health.  
  4. Proanthocyanidins:  The skin of the Peanut is fiber rich and also contains this potent phytonutrient antioxidant.  Also known as “condensed tannins,” they assist in removing harmful free radicals from cells.  Research suggests that they can bind with and strengthen collagen, promoting cell health, youthful skin, and improved joint flexibility.

Peanuts must be stored properly in order to prevent the growth of aflatoxins.  Produced by fungus, this toxic carcinogen grows when humidity is high and at temperatures of 86 to 96 degrees Fahrenheit.  Buy Peanuts fresh and store them in a cool environment to eliminate this risk.  Produced by the mold, Aspergillus flavus, this aflatoxin can also occur in corn, wheat, nuts, seeds, and some spices.  

Dry roasting unshelled Peanuts is easy!

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place one layer of unshelled Peanuts on baking sheet.
  • Roast for 10 minutes and “stir.”  
  • Check for desired doneness and roast for 5 to 10 minutes more.

It takes about 540 Peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of Peanut butter.  I just had to put that in to make you smile!  START SOMEWHERE today incorporating delicious nutrient-dense foods into your day.  Peanuts are a portable snack that provides steady energy.  LIVE YOUNGER by eating real food from God’s garden.  You can do it.  I will help you.

“Buy me some Peanuts and…”