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A study by the Children’s Nutrition Research Center in Houston, Texas has discovered that Mexican-American children are less likely to be overweight or obese if they consume peanuts at least one a week.
The study was prompted by the fact that 39% of Mexican-American children are overweight versus 32% for the general population. The hope is that good eating habits can start young and lead to a healthy adulthood. The obesity rate for Mexican-American adults is double that of other demographics putting them at high risk for diabetes and heart disease.
The study showed that the kids in the study that ate peanuts regularly had a higher intake of vitamin E and magnesium. These vitamin are often deficient amongst Mexican-Americans. Consumption of those vitamins amongst others helps reduce the risk for diabetes and heart disease.
The study recommends that peanuts become a staple in Mexican-American homes and incorporated into more native dishes. Peanuts also meet the FDA’s criteria for a low sodium food.