Some foods are so common in our diet that we tend to forget about the importance they really represent in our nutrition. The peanut is one of them. This leguminous raw bean and soybean’s cousin has been known and cultivated since pre-Incan times, when it was discovered. European explorers spread the peanut to all parts of the world. Today, it is planted in tropical and subtropical lands in Asia, Africa, North and South America and Australia. And each country producing the peanut has developed their own way of consuming it. But what few may know is that, in addition to its cultural value, the peanut is a highly nutritious food. It represents an extraordinary plant-based source of protein and vitamins, with many health benefits.
We frequently consider animal foods a good source of protein. Researchers and nutritionists, however, emphasize the growing importance of the consumption of plant-based protein for a healthy diet. Though it is not technically considered a nut, the peanut has protein values higher than any other seed – about 7 grams for each 30 grams of peanuts. In addition, peanuts are an important source of monounsaturated fat, the “good fat,” and they provide large amounts of potassium, which helps prevent cramps and strengthens the bones, and magnesium and vitamin E, an allied duo for improved brain function.
For all of the above reasons, the peanut is an excellent alternative for those who seek a healthy diet. Nevertheless, it is necessary to be careful with its consumption.
At Pasokin, we roast small amounts of the best American peanuts, high in oleic fatty acids and monounsaturated fatty acids. “The peanut rich in oleic acid is a worldwide tendency among quality growers, because of its nutritional attributes and for offering a longer shelf life,” says Keegan Treadaway, marketing and communications associate with the National Peanut Board, a private-funded program dedicated to production research and helping peanut farmers from the main peanut-growing areas in the United States to improve quality.
Scientific studies have already shown that monounsaturated fat contributes to the reduction of cholesterol levels. It also provides energy during physical exercise. At the start of exercise, the body burns calories from carbohydrates, but after about 20 minutes, the body starts using calories from fat. For athletes, Pasokin snacks are a simple and efficient way to restore essential components for a body on the move. Together, peanuts, sugar and salt provide energy and protein and replenish the electrolytes lost in perspiration. For those who already know the beloved Brazilian sweet, paçoca, Pasokin is a pleasant surprise, and a new and mouthwatering experience for first-time consumers. It’s peanut butter as you’ve never tasted before!
This article was written by Cristiana Menichelli, Pasokin’s communications director. For more information about Pasokin products, or to become a retailer, please visit https://pasokin.com. Pasokin products are available on Amazon.com.