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Peanuts Versus Almonds: You Choose
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Peanuts Versus Almonds: You Choose

Diet has always played an integral role in the fight against high blood pressure. This is not surprising given that numerous findings have shown that what we eat and the way we live contribute significantly to incidences of this disease. Generally, hypertensive suffers are advised to eat a healthy, low calorie diet consisting of natural foods with limited amounts of ingredients such as sugar, salt, fats and carbohydrates.

If you are hypertensive, foods high in fiber such as nuts are among the recommended items to include in your diet. But since most nuts are high in calorie, the big question is which nuts you should include. When it comes to nuts there is a huge number that you can choose from. These include peanuts; almond, cashew, pistachio, walnut, Brazil nut, chestnut and hazelnut just to name a few. All nuts are healthy, but boy, do they pile on the calories. It is therefore prudent that when you add nuts to your diet you choose wisely.

Let’s take a look at two of the most common nuts; almond and peanuts. Whether you choose one or the other will depend on you overall diet and health goals. Both of these nuts are excellent choices to add to your diet, but if you are concerned about the amount of calories you consume, once cup of almonds is lower in calories than one cup of peanuts. Almond also has a lower fat content than peanuts. In fact, this is where most of the calories come from in peanuts – the high fat content. Please note however, fat from peanuts is not the trans-fat or saturated fat that tends to clog-up your arteries. This is primarily monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat that do not tend to increase cholesterol levels.

People who suffer from hypertension are disposed to low potassium levels. Eating foods like bananas and nuts tend to boost potassium levels. Comparatively speaking peanuts are significantly higher in potassium than almonds. At the same time though, peanuts also tend to contain some level of salt whereas almonds do not.

Except for perhaps the amount of protein, where peanuts come out on top, these nuts are very similar. If you are looking for fiber they both contain similar amounts of fiber, some carbohydrates and no cholesterol.

Nuts make wonderful in between meal snacks and are ideal ingredients for use in your favorite recipes. Most importantly though, nuts can play a vital role as part of any diet; designed to combat chronic illnesses like hypertension naturally. Your choice of peanuts as appose to almonds will depend on your personal taste proclivities and you overall health and diet goals, but regardless of your preference, you will reap huge benefits from including nuts in your diet.


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