Can Eating a Handful of Peanuts Make You Gain Weight?
Eating 1.5 ounces of nuts, such as peanuts, each day may reduce your risk for heart disease. Peanuts are a healthy snack and a good sources of antioxidants, B vitamins and healthy monounsaturated fats. Although peanuts are high in calories and fat, regular onsumption of peanuts is not associated with weight gain.
A 1-ounce serving of peanuts, which is equal to about 39 peanuts, contains 170 calories, 7 grams of protein, 6 grams of carbohydrates, including 2 grams of fiber, and 15 grams of fat, including 2 grams of saturated fat. It provides you with 20 percent of the daily value for niacin; 10 percent of the DV for folate, phosphorus and magnesium; 8 percent of the DV for thiamine and smaller amounts of zinc, iron, vitamin B-6 and calcium. The protein and fiber in peanuts help make them more filling, so you aren't as likely to get hungry soon after eating them.
Effect on Weight
As long as you stick within your recommended calories for the day, eating a handful of peanuts will not make you gain weight. People who regularly consume nuts tend to have lower body mass indexes than those who do not, and dieters are more likely to stick with low-calorie diets that allow nut consumption, making nuts potentially helpful for weight loss, notes a September 2008 article published in "The Journal of Nutrition."
When people eat peanuts, they usually eat fewer calories later in the day, notes a study published in August 2002 in the "International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders." Peanuts also have a high satiety value, helping to keep you full for longer after you eat them. The combination of these two factors means that people do not usually gain weight from eating a small amount of peanuts.
If you want to avoid gaining weight when you eat peanuts, eat them in place of some other, less healthy food and stick to your daily allotted calories. Peanuts are a healthier snack than some of the more processed options, since they are nutrient and energy dense.
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