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Calories in Peanuts
How Many Calories in Peanuts?
Peanuts are in fact not really nuts. They belong to the legumes family and are closely related to beans and peas. Peanuts are consumed in many different forms, dried, roasted and raw. Shelled peanuts, when opened and consumed, are considered raw peanuts. So when you count the calories in peanuts, you are in fact talking about raw peanuts. Unfortunately, most people do not consume peanuts in their raw form. Peanuts are either roasted or dried and are almost always consumed with salt and other condiments. A small cup of peanuts, approximately 150 g, has about 828 calories. Since they are energy dense, the calories in peanuts can often fill up your entire appetite. Of the 828 calories in peanuts, 647 calories come from fats alone. The total fat in raw peanuts is about 71.9 g. Of this, almost 50% fat is saturated fats. The total amount of fats in 1 cup of peanuts exceeds the daily recommended allowance of fat by 10% to 12%. Oil roasted peanuts have about 865 calories per 1 cup serving size. Calories in peanuts which are dry roasted are also similar. A cup of dry roasted peanuts provides around 850 calories. Apart from the fats, peanuts are also good source of carbohydrates, offering about 31.4 g of carbohydrates per serving. The calories in roasted dry peanuts or in oil may change, but the carbohydrate content remains the same. The calories in peanuts that are raw and the calories in peanuts that are shelled, remain the same, as do the rest of their nutritional content. Apart from the high calories in peanuts due to fats and carbohydrates, proteins also contribute to the total energy content. A cup of peanuts contains about 34.6 g of proteins, 11.7 g of fiber, and 9 mg sodium. More on peanuts nutritional value
Peanuts Health Benefits
Peanuts are a very healthy food and contain proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. They are used in energy and protein bars due to their nutritional value. They contain a lot of monounsaturated fats and therefore, are considered healthy for the heart. They are used extensively in Thai and Mediterranean cooking. However, like other dry fruits, peanuts should also be consumed moderately.Peanuts should preferably be consumed raw and shelled, not roasted and fried.
|Submitted on January 16, 2014|