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Nutritional importance of groundnut

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Nutritional Features Of Groundnut

Groundnut Cultivating Areas

Groundnut was originated from the area in southern Bolivia to northwestern Argentina in South America (fig.).

Groundnut and Your Health

If you love to eat groundnut preparations, you can do it without any fear! Here's a quick run-down on all the goodness that Mother Nature packs into every single one of groundnut. Protein is vital for the growth, maintenance and repair of your body's tissues, and is one of the essential building blocks of all life. Groundnuts beat most snack foods when it comes to protein content. In fact, they have such a high protein content they're widely used as an alternative to meat in many vegetarian recipes. High cholesterol levels are a major concern for many people.

Nutritional Features Of Groundnut

The groundnut is particularly valued for its protein content (26%). On equal weight basis (Kg for Kg), groundnuts contain more protein than meat and about two and a half times more than eggs.

Being an oil seed crop, it contains 40 to 49% oil. In addition to protein, groundnuts are a good source of calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc and boron. The groundnuts also contains vitamin E and small amounts of vitamin B complex. High in calories, 5.6 calories nut -1 (calorific value of 567).    

Groundnut: Its Importance

Groundnut is one of the world’s fifteen leading food crops and cultivated throughout the world. It is among the most important foods in international trade.

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