The researchers from the Department of Foods and Nutrition at Purdue University, who conducted the study says, \\"These findings are important because they challenge the belief that eating high-fat foods like peanuts and peanut butter lead to weight gain.\\" The research results also support previous long- and short-term studies indicating that regular consumption of peanuts does not necessarily promote weight gain and can, in fact, actually improve cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk profile.
When researchers at Penn State University (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition) tested diets that included 2-3 servings daily of peanuts or peanut butter, the heart disease risk reduction potential of the diet containing peanuts and peanut butter was estimated at 21 per cent compared to the average North American diet.
In addition to containing no cholesterol and being rich in monounsaturated fats, peanuts are an economical source of protein and supply many \\"often hard-to-get\\" vitamins and minerals including vitamin E, folic acid, copper, selenium, magnesium, and zinc in addition to phytochemicals and dietary fibre.
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