Known for its salty, savory flavor, the peanut is a popular snack and versatile ingredient used to make peanut butter, baked goods, smoothies, sauces, and more.
It’s also incredibly nutritious, boasting a hearty dose of magnesium, folate, and vitamin E in every serving (
However, despite its impressive nutrient profile, many may wonder whether this salty staple can help or harm health, especially for people assigned male at birth (AMAB).
This article takes a closer look at the research to determine whether AMAB people should eat peanuts.
Peanuts are a great source of protein, packing more than 7 grams into each 1-ounce (28-gram) serving (
It’s also crucial for increasing strength and supporting muscle growth, especially when paired with resistance training (
Another study including 65 men with overweight and obesity found that consuming peanuts as part of a low calorie diet increased fat burning and decreased body fat (
Peanuts are high in protein, which can increase muscle mass and improve body composition.
Peanuts are rich in polyunsaturated fats like linoleic acid. Studies show that replacing carbohydrates or saturated fats in your diet with polyunsaturated fats may reduce your risk of developing heart disease (
One review found that eating peanuts and tree nuts at least twice per week was associated with a 13% lower risk of heart disease (
Peanuts are high in polyunsaturated fats and may be linked to a lower risk of heart disease, which may be especially beneficial for men and others assigned male at birth.
Still, because most studies focus on the individual compounds found in peanuts, more research is needed to determine whether peanuts affect sexual function specifically.
Peanuts are high in arginine and resveratrol, two compounds that may support several aspects of sexual function.
Peanuts are delicious, versatile, and jam-packed with a long list of important nutrients.
They may also offer several benefits specifically for AMAB people and could help promote muscle growth, support heart health, and enhance sexual function.
Therefore, all genders can enjoy peanuts as part of a healthy, well-rounded diet.
Just one thing
Try this today: Although peanuts are delicious all on their own, you can also try adding them to trail mix, cereal, or homemade granola bars. Alternatively, try pairing a scoop of peanut butter with your favorite fruit for a simple, heart-healthy snack.