Peanuts Good for Weight Loss and Lower Blood Pressure: Study

Eating a handful of peanuts before meals twice a day can help you lose weight and lower blood pressure, according to new research from the University of South Australia (UniSA).

A UniSA study, in collaboration with Texas Tech University, evaluated two groups of Australian adults at moderate to high risk of type 2 diabetes who consumed 70 grams of low-sodium dry-roasted peanuts daily in addition to a weight loss diet. I tested the effect when ingested. Contrast with traditional low-fat weight loss diets.

The “peanut group” ate 35 grams of peanuts 30 minutes before the two main meals, while the control group ate no peanuts or peanut butter, and both groups increased their energy intake to We limited it to 5,500 kJ and 7,000 kJ in men., in addition to keeping the exercise pattern constant throughout the study period.

Researchers found that both groups lost an average of 6.7 kilograms after six months, indicating that peanuts can be part of a weight loss diet that results in clinically relevant weight loss.

Research collaborator from Texas Tech University, AS. Professor Christina Petersen said in a media statement Tuesday that the study addresses some misconceptions about the health effects of peanuts.

“Peanuts are often avoided when trying to lose weight, believing that they contain too many kilojoules. It can be maintained and is very helpful for those on a weight loss diet.

Petersen told the Epoch Times in an email that the high fat, protein and fiber content of peanuts all contribute to feelings of fullness.

“Eating peanuts before a meal may lead to a lower meal intake without hunger (common in weight loss diets), but there is no data to directly support this.

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Consuming 70 grams of peanuts daily has been shown to lower blood pressure. (Pixelshot/Adobe Stock)

peanuts lowered blood pressure

In addition to demonstrating the benefits of eating peanuts as part of a weight loss diet, the study also found that consuming 70 grams of peanuts per day lowered blood pressure.

People in the “peanut group” had lower blood pressure (5mmHg) and a 10% reduction in cardiovascular disease risk.

Petersen said the higher unsaturated fat intake and lower carbohydrate intake in the “peanut group” likely contributed to the lower blood pressure.

“There is evidence to suggest that higher intakes of monounsaturated fat (found in peanuts) lower blood pressure,” she said.

“Additionally, the ‘peanut group’ had lower sodium intake and higher potassium intake, which may also play a role.”

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