Peanuts: the heart’s legume ally
According to a survey commissioned by the Brazilian Association of the Chocolate, Cocoa, Peanut, Candy and Derivatives Industry (Abicab), 75% of Brazilians eat peanuts. This famous relative of beans is a legume found in paçoca, in pé-de-moleque, among others. But, what many people do not know, are the benefits provided by this essentially nutritious food.
If consumed with care, that is, 30 grams per day, peanuts can be a “helping hand” for weight loss. As it is hard, it takes time to be crushed when chewing, this time activates the brain center, responsible for controlling satiety, and makes hunger difficult to return. In addition, it is rich in fiber, taking a long time to be digested and prolonging this effect.
It is also considered a strong ally of the heart, since it reduces bad cholesterol (LDL), keeps arteries healthy and thus wards off cardiovascular disease. These beneficial actions are achieved thanks to its composition that is rich in phytosterol. Because it has resveratrol, it acts as an antioxidant, preventing LDL from forming hardened plaques in the arteries, thus preventing heart attacks and lowering blood pressure.
In addition to all this, it is rich in potassium, magnesium, vitamin E and omega-3, essential elements to improve brain function, prevent cramps and strengthen bones.
The benefits of cinnamon
Like peanuts, cinnamon is a very nutritious food. With its properties, it controls diabetes and also treats digestive problems such as gas, diarrhea and spasmodic disorders. It also fights infections in the respiratory tract, reduces fatigue, improves mood and increases resistance to stress.
It also acts as an ally of the heart, as its components are able to fight cholesterol and improve circulation. A friendly food for those who want to lose weight, cinnamon reduces appetite, reduces the accumulation of fat and helps reduce calories ingested in other meals throughout the day.
Cinnamon is also a strong source of protein, fiber, vitamins A and C, calcium and iron.
Peanut tea recipe with cinnamon
- 200 grams of roasted peanuts;
- A dash of cinnamon;
- A liter of skimmed milk;
- 250 ml of filtered water.
Method of and consumption
In a large saucepan, heat the skim milk and then add the cinnamon. When it is already coming to a boil, turn off the heat. While someone stirs the ingredients in the container so they don’t stick to the bottom of the pan, blend the peanuts in a blender. Soon after, put half of the vegetable powder with the milk and what is left over beat again with water for approximately three minutes.
To finish, mix all the ingredients and let it boil for five minutes. The tea is ready to be served. The tip is to drink it still hot.