Peanuts, also known as moongphali in Hindi, are a favourite winter timepass snack in India. With the entry of winter, we can see moongphali being sold at every nook and corner of the city. It is really a joyful feeling to crack the peanuts shell and munch nuts while sitting at home with your loved ones. However, not many are aware of its amazing health benefits. Let's take a look at why it is worth eating peanuts in winter. Healthy Winter Vegetables: Carrots, Green Peas, Spinach & Other Veggies You Should Eat For Good Health.

Peanuts are either eaten raw or roasted. The taste can be enhanced by eating it along with rock salt. It consists of healthy fats, protein, and fibre. They also contain micronutrients like potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, and B vitamins. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 100 grams of raw peanuts contain 567 calories in which the macronutrients content in gram (g) is as follows, carbs- 16.13 g, Protein- 25.8 g, fats-45g. However, most of the fats are monounsaturated fats-24.43 g, polyunsaturated fats- 15.56 g, which are good for heart health.

Why You Should Eat Peanuts in Winter

Eating peanuts helps you keep full as they are high in calories. This will prevent you from having other junk food which is available in abundance in winter. In winter, we mostly face the problem of dry and rough skin. By having moongphali, the skin can get hydrated due to the presence of monounsaturated acids and resveratrol in peanuts. We also face hair-fall issue in winter, which peanuts can prevent as they contain L-arginine, which promotes hair growth.

Peanuts are also good for diabetic patients as they consist of manganese, which helps in controlling blood sugar level. Peanuts by far are the healthiest nut, however, they should not be eaten in excess, as they are also high in calories. At the end of the day, the total calorie intake plays a crucial role in weight gain and weight loss.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Dec 20, 2019 02:15 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website