Peanuts are members of the legume (bean) family of plants and are commonly found in baked goods, cooking oils, sauces and Eastern cuisines.

Health considerations

Peanuts are a source of protein, fat, fiber, and vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B3, vitamin B9, and phosphorus. Peanuts contain high levels of antioxidants and resveratrol which have been associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. More evidence is required to substantiate these effects.

Keep in mind

Peanuts are a common allergen as approximately 2.1% of American children and 0.6% American adults suffer from peanut allergies. Similar rates of peanut allergy are seen in other westernized countries including Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia.

May be found in

Granola, peanut butter, cookies, ice cream, baked goods, stews, sauces, peanut oil, peanut flour, trail mix, granola bars


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Alternative Spellings and Names


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