Whether fried in sand to produce earthy-tasting nuts with caramel coloured skins, cooked till just rightly tender or blended into a creamy spread for your bread, peanuts are life.
Or not, if you are of the school of thought that says they are one of the big bad guys that cause oily skin or acne breakouts.
I have super oily skin and I also have breakouts, but I absolutely love groundnuts or peanuts and I have not stopped eating them despite warnings that ‘groundnuts are causing your pimples’.
I know that nuts, as a class of food, must have its health benefits and cannot only be the pimple-causing agent we all know it to be and so I went digging for the health benefits of groundnuts and why you should be eating more of it and finding another solution to your oily face.
Groundnuts or peanuts (will be used interchangeably in this article) are legume crops widely grown in the tropics and sub-tropics not just for local consumption but also for export.
World annual production of shelled peanuts was 42 million tonnes in 2014, Wikipedia says.
Peanuts are rich in essential nutrients, from proteins to healthy fats.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), in a 100 g serving, peanuts provide 570 calories and are an excellent source of several B vitamins, vitamin E, several dietary minerals, such as manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus, and dietary fiber.
Vitamin E is great for your skin and keeps it glowing from the inside out. The minerals present play very important roles in your body’s metabolic activities.
They also contain about 25 g protein per 100 g serving, a higher proportion than in many tree nuts. Proteins help in cell regeneration and repair.
Peanuts also contain phytochemicals like polyphenols and resveratrol. Resveratrol has been found to have a protective function against cancers, heart disease, strokes, degenerative nerve disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and viral/fungal infections.
Peanut oil is 46% monounsaturated fats (primarily oleic acid), 32% polyunsaturated fats (primarily linoleic acid), and 17% saturated fats (primarily palmitic acid). Because of its high content of monounsaturated fats, peanuts are actually in the ”good fat” gang.
Monounsaturated fats simply have one unsaturated carbon bond (a double bond), are liquid at room temperature and begin to solidify under colder temperatures. By extension, they are great for your heart, help your body utilise insulin properly, and is also said to be anti-carcinogenic.
And so many more. Peanuts are therefore not as bad as you think. It’s not wrong to say that excess production of facial oil could lead to acne breakouts and blackheads.
However, there are so many options to explore when fighting acne including a reverse oil treatment that actually requires you to coat your already oily face with more essential oils.
Yes, I am still as skeptical and shocked probably as shocked as you are about this reverse oil treatment thing.
So when next you pass by an aisle of peanut butter or peanuts, go on, grab a bottle.
Grace faces her fear of heights in this episode of Lagos Diaries:
Image Credits: Google