Peanuts or groundnuts are known by the botanical name Arachis hypogaea, they form an extremely popular nut in the Indian kitchen. Peanuts are rich, delicious, economical and a perfect option to add the crunchy and nutty taste to your food, but are they healthy for your heart?

Peanuts are calorie-dense and economical. They are used in a number of variants in the Indian diet ranging from peanut oil, peanut chutney to peanut butter. It’s a diverse nut but the dilemma over its consumption by heart patients is real. Shall a person suffering from heart blockage or at risk of it consume peanuts? The answer is NO. Peanuts are extremely rich in calories, they are high in fat, and puts one at risk of weight gain and atherosclerosis (heart blockage).

Peanuts act as a potential allergic food to many people and can even trigger inflammation in the body.
Peanuts can also lead to severe digestive troubles. Peanuts are rich in phosphorus which is present in the bound form known as Phytic acid which can lead to severe indigestion.
Peanuts might also lead to liver damage. Peanuts might be contaminated with aflatoxins (fungi found on peanuts) which might lead to liver damage and even liver cancer.

Peanuts, therefore; should be avoided by people suffering from coronary artery disease and must be taken only in moderation by the rest.

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