eating raw peanuts? They're not a food that digests very easily,
and though they're tasty, you should probably limit your intake.
First off, peanuts are not nuts at all, but a member of the legume
family. As far as caloronutrient ratio goes, though, peanuts are
They're higher in carbohydrates and protein than most nuts while being
in fat than legumes, making for a unique digestive challenge.
Fat: 72 %
Raw Peanuts: Digestion
Legumes are notable for their high levels of
both carbohydrates and
protein, and we tend to digest them poorly, as evidenced by the gas
that we get after consumption. One of the reasons for this is that
humans produce very little of the starch digestion enzymes known as
amylases when compared to legume-eating animals like pigs. The makeup
peanut puts it at least partially in this category. We simply do much
better with carbohydrates from simple sugars, as found in fruit.
Our ability to digest nuts and seeds is also rather poor because of
their high fat content. The breakdown of their fatty acids, amino acids
and glucose takes a long time. Eat 10 oranges and they'll have
cleared your stomach in in an hour or two. Eat four handfuls of nuts,
though, and you'll feel sluggish for significantly longer as your body
struggles with these hard-to-digest foods.
I find that as an occasional
treat, peanuts are fine. Like all nuts and seeds, though, there's a
tendency to overeat them and so I limit myself just them two or three
servings a year. This is easy enough to do when you commit to only
eating freshly-harvested food.
Peanuts are harvested in the fall, and I make sure that I get them
straight from a farmer who has just taken them in from his fields.
Very often the nuts and seeds marked raw in stores have actually been
dehydrated to prevent them from going bad, and peanuts are no