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Study: Adolescents who eat peanuts weigh less

Washington — A new study in Nutrition Research, “Peanut consumption in adolescents is associated with improved weight status,” showed that Mexican-American sixth graders who consumed peanuts at least once per week were less likely to be overweight or obese, had a significantly lower Body Mass Index (zBMI), and had significantly lower total blood cholesterol. In addition, participants who consumed peanuts had significantly higher intakes of vitamin E and magnesium and reported consuming more servings of vegetables than non-peanut eaters. Although there is clear evidence to support the multiple health benefits of consuming peanuts in adults, this study provides strong preliminary evidence that peanuts can have a significant impact on overweight and obesity in youth.

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