One of the most popular nuts in the United States, peanuts are not true nuts but legumes, like peas and beans. In 1870, P.T. Barnum began offering roasted peanuts in his circus as a snack food. Soon they began showing up in ballparks and movie theaters. Botanist George Washington Carver researched peanuts at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, where he developed hundreds of uses for the peanut, including cosmetics, dyes, paints, plastics, gasoline, and nitroglycerin.
- rich source of cholesterol-lowering plant sterols
- good source of niacin, which lowers risk of Alzheimer's disease
- high monounsaturated fat - good for reducing body fat
- significant resveratrol content cuts risk of cardiovascular disease