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Peanuts are among Europe's most popular snack foods. Over 18,00 tonnes of Peanuts are consumed in Britain each year alone.
The World Health Organisation recommends that we each eat about 400g of fruit and vegetables every day, 30g of which - that's about a handful, should be from pulses nuts and seeds.
Peanuts are a versatile source of nutrition and can play an important role in a healthy diet.
More useful facts:
Some fat in our diet is essential. Fat provides vital energy which we need to grow and to live our day to day lives. Certain fats are better for us than others. Peanuts are high in mono-unsaturated fats, which when replacing saturated fats in the diet can help to maintain a healthy heart.
Peanuts can play an important part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Protein is essential for building muscle and providing energy and peanuts are an attractive and affordable source of protein for all age groups.
As well as being high in fibre, peanuts contain nine protein building blocks our bodies cannot make themselves, plus important vitamins and minerals.
- Provide a range of essential vitamins and minerals
Peanuts contain beneficial vitamins and minerals for those who lead a busy life. Roasted salted peanuts for example, are a source of vitamins B +E and folate. They also contain magnesium, phosphorus, copper, iron, zinc and selenium which are hard to get from everyday diets.
- Promote good dental health because they do not form decay-causing acids in the mouth when eaten
- Contain less salt than two slices of wholemeal bread without spread
- A 50g pack of roasted salted peanuts, contains less than 1.5% (0.75g) of salt