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Soaked Peanuts Benefits: They Are As Good As Almonds

Shipra Singh
Shipra Singh
Peanuts soaked in water

We all know the benefits of soaked almonds. But do you know soaked peanuts have almost equal benefits as soaked almonds? Moreover, peanuts are less inexpensive than almonds. So, peanutsalso called groundnuts or monkey nuts, prove to be a cost-effective nutritious food that suits a wide range of budgets.  

Nutrition value of Soaked Peanuts

According to doctors, soaking peanuts makes them more nutritious. These nuts are rich in antioxidants, copper, iron, potassium, selenium, zinc and calcium. These are minerals needed for healthy functioning of organs, healthy bones, skin, and hair.  

According to an article in Medical News Today, you can get half of your daily protein requirement by eating 100 grams of peanuts, which contains 25.8 grams of protein.  

Soaked Peanuts Benefits 

  • The wet peel of soaked peanuts regulates blood circulation and protects your heart. 

  • Soaked peanuts prevent muscle wasting and help to tone your muscles. 

  • Eating soaked peanuts on an empty stomach in the morning can help to fight problems of acidity and gas. 

  • They provide relief from back pain and joint pain. In winter, have them with jaggery to combat stiffness and pain in joints. 

  • They help to keep your memory and eyesight strong. 

  • Antioxidants, zinc, calcium, and iron present in peanuts help to fight cancer cells and prevent their growth. 

  • Omega 3 fatty acids present in peanuts are good for skin. Eating soaked peanuts regularly can impart your skin a beautiful glow. 

The best time to have soaked peanuts 

According to dieticians, the best time to consume soaked peanuts is in the morning before having your breakfast. Please remember, peanuts are loaded with calories. So do not eat them in excess. Moderation is the key to reap the maximum soaked peanut benefits.  

However, nutritionists advise against eating peanuts at night, as they are legumes rich in protein. This can be heavy for the digestive system at night.  

Preety Tyagi, a renowned nutritionist and health coach in India, while talking to NDTV, said, "You can safely consume a handful of peanuts in a day. You can add these to your snack time to beat hunger pangs between meals. If it's peanut butter, a safe dose would be 1.5 tablespoons." 

Yummy soaked peanut chaat  

If you don’t like to eat plain soaked peanuts, try this delicious chaat containing peanuts.  

Ingredients:  

  • 1 Cup soaked peanuts

  • 5 Cups water

  • Spices like turmeric, chilli powder, amchoorchaat masala, salt, etc.  

  • ¼ Cup finely chopped onions

  • 2 Tablespoon finely chopped tomatoes

  • 3 tablespoon pomegranate (optional)

  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnishing

How to prepare: 

  • Pressure cook the peanuts with turmeric, salt, and water for 2-3 whistles on low flame.  

  • Drain water from peanuts. 

  • Mix all the remaining ingredients like chopped onions and tomatoes, chaat masala, and pomegranate to the peanuts. Toss.  

  • Garnish with coriander. 

  • Serve at once. 

To give your salad a crunchier twist, use roasted peanuts instead of soaked ones. However, here we are talking about soaked peanuts benefits, so have used soaked ones in the recipe.  

You can also add peanuts to poha or fried rice to give your recipe a twist. Add crushed peanuts to homemade laddos and such delicacies to increase their nutrition value.  

Do you know peanuts help in weight loss too? Forget crash diets, munch on peanuts!  

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