Despite having a great taste and being packed full of protein, many seniors avoid eating peanuts because of their high fat content. However, peanuts have recently been gaining recognition as a healthy food. Warren, NJ, respite care experts discuss a few reasons why seniors may want to increase their peanut consumption.
1. They Protect the Heart
In a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, a team of researchers examined 200,000 participants across the globe, and those who regularly ate peanuts were less likely to die of heart disease. Dr. Xiao Ou Shu, a professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University, believes peanuts can help maintain the heart’s endothelial function, which affects the cells lining blood vessels, and she claims they also have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that boost heart health.
2. They Aid in Longevity
Dr. Shu also states peanuts may increase longevity because they are rich in nutrients known to be especially healthy, including fiber, unsaturated fats, vitamins, and antioxidants. In a study conducted in Shanghai, people who ate peanuts regularly reduced their risk of dying by 17 percent compared to those who rarely ate nuts.
3. They Boost Brain Health
Peanuts contain a flavonoid called resveratrol. According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, this flavonoid increases blood flow to the brain by more than 30 percent. Because peanuts are high in niacin, they have been found to protect against Alzheimer’s disease. A study conducted by the Chicago Health and Aging Project determined participants with a diet rich in niacin are 70 percent less likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
4. They Are Inexpensive
Unlike tree nuts like almonds, walnuts, and pecans, peanuts will not break a senior’s bank. They offer many of the same health benefits as other nuts while appealing to shoppers living on a fixed income.
5. They Are Perfectly Portioned and Versatile
A small handful of peanuts (1 oz.) is considered to be a healthy daily portion for seniors. Peanuts are packed with protein and are wonderful as a quick snack, in salads, and as an ingredient in many other dishes.
To learn more about senior nutrition, reach out to Warren Home Care Assistance. Our dedicated caregivers can prepare healthy meals, take care of grocery shopping, and help with a wide array of daily tasks. For more information on home care Warren seniors can count on and to schedule a no-obligation consultation, call one of our friendly Care Managers at 908.450.9400 today.