Peanut allergies have cast a bad light on these protein powerhouses. Obviously we have to exercise caution, but if you are not allergic, you might want to give these guys a second look.
DISCLAIMER!!! Now, we aren't going to get all crazy and tell you that GORP bars can cure every ailment known to man and provide every single health benefit listed below... because that's SO not allowed :) We just want to give a shout out to our awesome ingredients for YOUR education... so you can see all the awesomeness we INTENTIONALLY pack into our bar and perhaps inspire you to incorporate some of them into your diet more often :)
Benefits of Peanuts
- Great source of protein
- Very high in polyphenols
- Contain magnesium, vitamin E, folate, copper, and arginine
- Good source of fiber
- Contain high amounts of resveratrol, which has been linked to inhibiting the growth of tumor cells. It has also been found to improve blood flow in the brain by as much as 30%, which greatly reduces the risk of stroke.
- Peanuts are a good source of niacin, which contributes to brain health, brain circulation, and blood flow
Peanuts are a very good source of oleic acid, the healthy fat found in olive oil, which is famous in the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet. Studies done on diets with a special emphasis on peanuts have shown this small legume to be a major contributor to a healthy heart. In one random double-blind study involving 22 subjects, a high monounsaturated diet that emphasized peanuts and peanut butter was estimated to decrease cardiovascular disease risk by 21% compared to the average American diet. Another study including the Nurses Health Study that involved over 86,000 women also found that frequent nut consumption was related to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
More Health Links to Peanuts
We use all-natural peanut butter in our GORP bars – no added sugar, salt, or fillers…just the goodness of ground peanuts…pure and simple.
- Colon cancer: Eating peanuts two or more times each week was associated with a 58% lowered risk of colon cancer in women and a 27% lowered risk in men
- Gallstones: The Nurses Health Study, which involved data collected over 20 years from over 80,000 women, showed that women who ate at least one ounce of nuts, peanuts, or peanut butter (2 tbsp.) each week had a 25% lower risk of developing gallstones
- Alzheimer’s and age-related cognitive decline: In another study, people who consumed 22mg of niacin from foods per day were 70% less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than those consuming the least (about 13 mg daily), and their risk of developing age-related cognitive decline was significantly less. One-quarter cup of peanuts provides about a quarter of the daily recommended intake of niacin!
- Obesity: A 28-month study involving 8,865 adult men and women in Spain found that participants who ate nuts at least two times per week were 31% less likely to gain weight than participants who never or almost never ate nuts.