Health Professionals

When it comes to nutrition, the peanut packs a powerful punch. Just one serving (50 grams of peanuts or 1 tbsp/15 mL of peanut butter) is chock full of protein, fibre, healthy fats and essential vitamins and minerals recommended daily in Canada’s Food Guide. On top of that, recent research shows that eating peanuts in moderation can help to keep your heart healthy. They contain oleic acid, a heart-healthy source of unsaturated fat and are naturally 100% cholesterol-free.

Peanuts make cents. Here’s some advice for those who are tightening purse strings: choose peanuts. The peanut offers incredible value. It is a delicious, nutritious food that won’t break the bank!

The cost per 100 grams of dry roasted peanuts from the bulk section of most local grocery stores averages 88 cents.* For a great tasting and versatile nut that is inexpensive and chock-full of nutritional value, pick peanuts!

Studies confirm the health benefits of peanuts. Regular consumption of nuts, including peanuts, may help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.1, 2 Research from the University of Toronto shows that peanuts and other nuts may also play an important role in the dietary management of type 2 diabetes by promoting glycemic control.3

If you are interested in more information about peanuts and peanut butter, please contact the Peanut Bureau of Canada.

 

* based on average price of bulk nuts purchased at five different Canadian retail outlets


1 Mente A et al. “A systematic review of the evidence supporting a causal link between dietary factors and coronary heart disease.” Archives of Internal Medicine 2009;169(7):659-669.
2 Hargrove RL et al. “Low fat and high monounsaturated fat diets decrease human low density lipoprotein oxidative susceptibility in vitro.” Journal of Nutrition. 2001;131:1758-1763.
3 Kendall C et al. “Longer-term effects of a low glycemic index diet on glycemic control in Type 2 diabetes.” 2009 Experimental Biology meeting abstracts, Abstract #563.30; FASEB Journal 2009; 23:563.30.