A Positive Note on Peanuts

Fattening, but apparently heart healthy

Please note: This article was published more than one year ago. The facts and conclusions presented may have since changed and may no longer be accurate. And "More information" links may no longer work. Questions about personal health should always be referred to a physician or other health care professional.

(HealthDayNews) -- Peanuts, as any dieter knows, are remarkably fattening. A mere handful (30 whole kernels) contains 13 grams of fat -- and fat accounts for a whopping 70 percent of a peanut's calories.

But when it comes to heart disease, peanuts seem to have a built-in safety mechanism. One recent study found that people who ate nuts five times a day cut their risk of heart attack by 50 percent. Another study, of 40,000 postmenopausal women, found a connection between eating nuts and a lowered risk of heart disease.

The reason seems to be that peanuts contain resveratrol , the compound responsible for red wine's apparent ability to offset the heart-harmful effects of a high-fat diet.

Last Updated: