Presented by the Aging and Disability Resource Center
Peanuts, also known as groundnuts, goubers, or earthnuts, are grown worldwide for their edible seed. Belonging to the legume family (along with beans, peas and lentils) peanuts grow underground leading to their species nae hypogea, meaning “under the earth”.
Peanuts were shared with the world when European explorers brought them back to Central European explorers brought them back to Central Europe and distributed them in trade routes with East Asia and Africa. It wasn’t until the early 1800’s that peanuts were grown as a commercial crop in the U.S. They were first grown in Virginia and Carolina’s and used mainly for oil, food and a cocoa substitute for a less expensive alternative. Peanut consumption eventually spread to the northern states when union soldiers brought them back to the north after the civil war. Since the early 1900’s peanut consumption in the U.S. has steadily increased. Nowadays, peanuts, peanut butter, and peanut candry are some of the most popular products in the United States.
Although peanuts tend to get a bad rap compared to other nuts such as almonds, cashews or pistachios they shouldn’t be held in comparison as they aren’t a nut at all! Don’t let the name of this legume fool you! Peanuts are rich in protein, fat and various healthy nutrients. Studies show they may even be useful for weight loss and are linked to a reduced risk of heart disease. Some of the vitamins and minerals found in peanuts are Biotin, Copper, Niacin, Folate, Manganese, Vitamin E, Thiamine, Phosphorous, and Magnesium. Peanuts are especially rich in B vitamins which help the body regulate the nervous system, prevent heart disease, and promote healthy pregnancy.
Join us in January for our monthly Beneficial Bites sessions to try some healthy recipes and experiment with this nutty legume!
These presentations are open to all ages and are free to attend. Times, locations and dates can be found in the Barron County Review Newspaper, by calling the ADRC at 715-537-6225, or by visiting their website at adrcconnections.org