Best Health has outlined the top 18 anti-inflammatory foods that can help reduce pain associated with inflammation, and nuts and seeds, including peanuts, made the list. In fact, The Arthritis Foundation National Office specifically recommends peanuts as one of the best options to help keep inflammation under control.
Chronic inflammation can increase your risk of developing heart disease, arthritis and diabetes. Adding peanuts and peanut butter to your diet can help, for the following reasons:
- They contain linoleic acid, which is an omega-6 fatty acid;
- Peanuts are a low-glycemic index food;
- They are a good source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats; and
- Peanuts provide 12 per cent of your daily magnesium requirement.
For more information on peanuts and inflammation, visit The Peanut Institute.