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In A Nutshell, Boiled Peanuts Better For You
Newhouse News ^ | 10/28/2007 | Kent Faulk

Posted on 10/30/2007 9:39:37 AM PDT by Incorrigible

In A Nutshell, Boiled Peanuts Better For You

By KENT FAULK
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Lex Legate, owner of the Peanut Depot in Birmingham, Ala., prepares to boil peanuts. (Photo by Michelle Williams)

   

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Boiled peanuts, a mushy snack enjoyed by many in the South, may be better for your health than raw peanuts or those roasted dry or in oil, a new study by a group of Huntsville researchers suggests.

Boiling brings out up to four times more healthy phytochemicals in the peanuts than raw, dry- or oil-roasted nuts, according to the study by three Alabama A&M University researchers and one from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Phytochemicals have antioxidant qualities, which protect cells against the risk of degenerative diseases, including cancers, diabetes and heart disease, said Lloyd Walker, chair of Alabama A&M's Department of Food and Animal Sciences and a co-author of the study. "Boiling is a better method of preparing peanuts in order to preserve these phytochemicals," he said.

The study is to appear in the Oct. 31 edition of the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. The other co-authors in the study are A&M researchers Yvonne Chukwumah and Martha Verghese, and UAH researcher Bernhard Vogler.

Peanuts and other plants use phytochemicals for things such as helping avoid disease and insect attacks, Walker said. "These things are not nutrients; at the same time they have health benefits to humans," he said. "The trick is to keep those health benefits, not to process them out of the foods."

Water and heat penetrate the nuts and, to a certain point, release beneficial chemicals, Walker said. But overcooking the nuts destroys the useful elements.

"I'm just saying if you're going to cook it, find out the best way to cook it," he said.

Peanuts are big in Alabama. The state is third in the nation in the amount of peanuts produced — behind Georgia and Texas — with a crop last year valued at more than $67 million. This year, Alabama is expected to produce 376.8 million pounds of peanuts.

Peanuts are among the foods that A&M researchers are studying to find the best way to process them for the maximum health benefits.

"In a nutshell," Walker said, "basically the drive is to eat better to have better health."

(Kent Faulk is a staff writer for the Birmingham (Ala.) News. He can be contacted at kfaulk(at)bhamnews.com.)

Not for commercial use.  For educational and discussion purposes only.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: boiledpeanuts; nutrition; peanuts; research
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I like peanuts but never had them boiled.  I'll have to give it a try.

 

1 posted on 10/30/2007 9:39:39 AM PDT by Incorrigible
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To: Incorrigible

“Bowled” peanuts... get it right...


2 posted on 10/30/2007 9:40:37 AM PDT by dakine
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To: Incorrigible

It’s an acquired taste. We lived in LA (Lower Alabama) for 11 years and never acquired the taste for them.


3 posted on 10/30/2007 9:42:25 AM PDT by ladtx ( "Never miss a good chance to shut up." - - Will Rogers)
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To: Incorrigible

Is peanut-butter heated in the production process? (I know “natural” peanut-butter isn’t, the way they grind it in the store sometimes.)


4 posted on 10/30/2007 9:43:24 AM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: Incorrigible

I love boiled peanuts! one of the greatest southern foods.


5 posted on 10/30/2007 9:44:24 AM PDT by hoe_cake
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To: what_not2007

I love boiled peanuts...called grits, ain’t they?


6 posted on 10/30/2007 9:47:02 AM PDT by Safetgiver (So simple, even a Muslim can do it.)
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To: what_not2007
I love boiled peanuts! one of the greatest southern foods.

There's a stand on Hwy 316 where the guy 'salts' them with Cajun spices.

YUM.

7 posted on 10/30/2007 9:47:18 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Why isnít this in Breaking News????)
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To: Incorrigible

But they’re nasty.


8 posted on 10/30/2007 9:48:06 AM PDT by Hoodlum91 (I support global warming.)
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To: Safetgiver

“I love boiled peanuts...called grits, ain’t they?”

Why, shame on you, sir! That is close to blasphemy!


9 posted on 10/30/2007 9:48:58 AM PDT by hoe_cake
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To: Incorrigible

Boiled peanuts are delicious!


10 posted on 10/30/2007 9:49:54 AM PDT by MBB1984
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To: Lazamataz

“There’s a stand on Hwy 316 where the guy ‘salts’ them with Cajun spices.”

“Fried” peanuts have been appearing down south, here, and they are spicy hot. But I like mine the old fashioned way, and salty, but not too salty.


11 posted on 10/30/2007 9:50:34 AM PDT by hoe_cake
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To: Hoodlum91

Boiled peanuts, grits, fried okra, black eye peas, hoe cakes...

we Southerners know how to eat, missy.


12 posted on 10/30/2007 9:52:00 AM PDT by hoe_cake
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To: Incorrigible

My most favorite snack in the whole world.

I love them boiled and then chilled in the fridge!

((Homer Simpson)) Ahhhhhhhh Boiled peanuts (drool). /homer


13 posted on 10/30/2007 9:53:34 AM PDT by American_Centurion (No, I don't trust the government to automatically do the right thing.)
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To: Lazamataz

I love boiled peanuts, too! My husband does them in the crock pot sometimes and he adds his own Cajun seasoning.


14 posted on 10/30/2007 9:55:13 AM PDT by fishergirl (My warrior, my soldier, my hero - my son. God bless our troops!)
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To: what_not2007

grits and hoe cakes aren’t too bad.

Fried okra - so,so.
I was always afraid of black eyed peas. The look like they’re staring at you from the plate.

Boiled peanuts shouild be banned under the Geneva convention as torture.


15 posted on 10/30/2007 9:55:20 AM PDT by Hoodlum91 (I support global warming.)
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To: Incorrigible
Boiled peanuts have always been a big hit here in Hawaii. Almost every mom and pop store has them. MMMmmgood too.
16 posted on 10/30/2007 9:55:34 AM PDT by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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To: Incorrigible
Born and lived in Texas all my life. I cannot bring myself to try boiled peanuts. Reading here that they are mushy only reinforces my feelings that this is disgusting!

Peanuts used to be the largest crop in this area and are still one of the largest. Nothing smells better than roasted, salted peanuts right out of the oven.
17 posted on 10/30/2007 9:56:24 AM PDT by texas_mrs
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To: SteveMcKing
Unknown to many, Portales, New Mexico is one of the largest producers of Valencia peanuts in the United States. Salted and boiled-in-the-shell Valencias are great although the salt probably counteracts any health benefits. :)


18 posted on 10/30/2007 9:57:17 AM PDT by Muleteam1
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To: Hoodlum91

In A Nutshell, Boiled Peanuts Better For You “

Yeah? So? Tofu is probably better for me than any form of peanuts, but I’m NOT going to eat tofu - or boiled peanuts - with my beer, and that’s the end of it!


19 posted on 10/30/2007 9:57:40 AM PDT by lOKKI (You can ignore reality until it bites you in the ass.)
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To: Incorrigible

Had a guy introduce me to these when I was in Air Force tech school in Mississippi. I loved them, but I’ve never seen them since! Definitely a regional thing, I guess.


20 posted on 10/30/2007 9:58:05 AM PDT by RosieCotton ("Anything worth doing is worth doing badly." -- G.K. Chesterton)
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