During festive times when people are relaxing, there is often the need to snack as one chats with family and friends.
In instances like these, health experts advise to snack on healthy foods, such as peanuts.
A study published in recent months confirmed peanuts' acclaimed health benefits, that they may protect against major causes of death.
The paper published in the International Journal of Epidemiology highlighted the link between nut intake and lower mortality rates from several major causes of death.
These include respiratory disease, neurodegenerative disease, diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases, according to Medical Xpress news.
Peanuts and tree nuts both contain various compounds such as some fatty acids, various vitamins, fiber, antioxidants, and other compounds, that possibly contribute to containing these diseases.
The study by researchers from Maastricht University found that although you are unlikely to gain these health benefits from peanut butter, the bread-spread is not associated with mortality.
Just that peanut butter contains added components like salt and vegetable oils, and the adverse health effects of salt and trans fatty acids from the vegetable oils could inhibit the protective effects of peanuts.
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