Peanuts for Brain Health

Since then, mothers wanted their child to be smart and achieve a different level of intelligence. One thing that mothers would always do is to indulge their child in a peanut butter sandwich or peanut bar. While young ones loves eating a lot of salty chips and munching extra sweet chocolates. But mothers are best when telling their children not to waste the snacks thatpeanut_butter they have prepared, to feed not only the hungry stomach but to nourish mind as well.

Mothers choose peanut for their love ones because it is the most popular and very affordable brain booster and widely available anywhere in the world.

Peanut is a brain booster because it is high in vitamin B6, protein, has a good source of folate and naturally cholesterol free.

Not only mothers like peanuts because I’ve known a lot of students loves peanut butter for their sandwiches. Also the fact that many students bought salted and sugar coated peanuts outside of their school. This is one of the most excellent foods for students like us because of its high nutritional value. Eating peanuts can keep your brain functioning because it aids to maintain a steady sugar level on your body. Few foods are as versatile as peanuts and peanut butter, which also provide protein and other nutrients less expensively than many other foods.

Here are some evidences that research show to prove that peanut is a food for our brains.  Few foods are so packed with protein as the peanuts. They contain 10 percent of the recommended daily intake or RDI of protein, according to the American Peanut Council. Protein is required for the brain to manufacture chemicals called neurotransmitters, which brain cells use to communicate with one another. Two important neurotransmitters are norepinephrine and dopamine. When the brain manufactures these neurotransmitters, The Franklin Institute says, they can contribute to a feeling of alertness and added energy after the protein meal.

From Basic Nutritional Information. A 2-tablespoon serving of peanut butter contains 188 calories, or 9 percent of the daily intake in a standard 2,000-calorie diet. These calories come from a mix of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Each serving of peanut butter provides you with 7.7 grams of protein, which helps keep your tissues strong and promotes immune function, as well as 16 grams of fat, a concentrated source of energy. Peanut butter also offers 6.9 grams of carbohydrates per serving. Some of these carbs break down into sugar and fuel your brain, liver and muscle tissue, while 2.6 grams comes from heart-healthy dietary fiber. A serving of peanut butter contributes 10 percent toward the recommended daily fiber intake for women and 7 percent for men

imagesPeanut butter contains saturated fat and sodium, so how can it be considered a healthy food? That’s what a reader recently asked the Harvard Heart Letter. It’s a good question that gets to the heart of choosing foods that are good for health. Dr. Walter C. Willett, a nationally known nutrition expert and a member of the Heart Letter’s editorial board, tackled that question as part of the newsletter’s popular Ask the Doctor Feature.The presence of saturated fat doesn’t automatically kick a food, such as peanut butter, into the “unhealthy” camp. Olive oil, wheat germ, and even tofu—all considered to be “healthy” foods—have some saturated fat. It’s the whole package of nutrients, not just one or two that determines how good a particular food is for health, Dr. Willett says in the July 2009 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter.

Another expert seconded on this topic. What foods are good for brain health? Believe it or not, the foods that are best for your brain health and immune system contain…fat! Neurologist David Perlmutter, MD says. He teaches how pure, natural sources of fat and cholesterol are actually ideal for a healthy brain.

In Washington D.C. they have this event called National Peanut Month every 8th of in the month of March.  This is the month to celebrate because March is National Peanut Month and National Nutrition Month! The National Peanut Board and state peanut groups have a number of events planned to recognize the importance of this month.

Dr. Gayatri Devi, MD , Neurology, said that foods that are beneficial for heart health are also good for the brain; antioxidant-rich vegetables and good fats are key.Your heart will go nuts for peanuts. Peanuts are rich in monounsaturated fats, the type of fat that is emphasized in the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet. Studies of diets with a special emphasis on peanuts have shown that this little legume is a big ally for a healthy heart. In addition to their monounsaturated fat content, peanuts feature an array of other nutrients that, in numerous studies, have been shown to promote heart health.

Peanuts are good sources of vitamin E, niacin, folate, protein and manganese. In addition, peanuts provide resveratrol, the phenolic antioxidant also found in red grapes and red wine that is thought to be responsible for the French paradox: the fact that in France, people consume a diet that is not low in fat, but have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease compared to the U.S. With all of the important nutrients provided by nuts like peanuts, it is no wonder that numerous research studies, including the Nurses’ Health Study that involved over 86,000 women, have found that frequent nut consumption is related to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, have tips to improve your brain health. Choosing monounsaturated “good” fats instead of “bad” saturated fats offers you the most protection against brain damage from silent strokes, so spread peanut butter instead of cream cheese on your whole-grain bagel; olive oil and vinegar instead of Ranch dressing; and a small handful (6 to 12 halves) of walnuts plus a crunchy apple instead of snacking on chips or ice cream.

In my long hours of surfing in the internet by doing research. Most of the study shows and proved that peanuts can trully boost brain health. Any food that contains good fats could make your body in good condition and also a good intake for our brain.  But of course, in moderation because eating too much peanut is not advisable.  Any kind of fat increases your chance of becoming overweight or obese. Remember, everything that is too much can cause harm.





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