View Full Version : Nuts (peanuts) a good source of protein?

02-24-2002, 08:34 PM
Here's a weird question, are nuts, like peanuts, a good source of protein?:cool:

02-24-2002, 08:45 PM
Yes but eat them in moderation because of their high fat content and sodium content.

02-24-2002, 09:02 PM
Plant proteins, except nuts and seeds, are usually very low in fat. Vegetarians are not guaranteed a low-fat diet; they have to select foods as carefully as meat eaters do.

Back to your question, there is an advantage to plant proteins in that most of them, such as beans and whole grains, are also high in complex carbohydrates. Of course you have to eat two cups of beans to get the same amount of protein found in four ounces of chicken.
So you have to consume more volume or plan protein than animal protein to meet your protein needs.

So, basically, the important thing to remember from all of this is to eat adequate, not excessive, protein that provides all your essential amino acids

Maki Riddington
02-24-2002, 09:51 PM
Originally posted by Manveet
Here's a weird question, are nuts, like peanuts, a good source of protein?:cool:

*** Aproximately two table spoons of peanuts contains 7.5 grams of protein. You would need to take a lot of unsalted nuts to get to your daily protein intake. If you compare peanuts to something like beef or tuna I wouldn't say they are a good source. Nor are they complete sources, well that depends on what you text you are reading.

02-24-2002, 09:57 PM
it depends on what nuts - seeds, more so than nuts are an excellent source of protein and calcium. I would not depend on this solely though of course for bodybuilding needs.

02-24-2002, 10:49 PM
Eat em for their fat content and not for protein...

02-24-2002, 10:56 PM
Nuts were also listed in Time magazine's Top 10 Foods that Pack a Wallop.


Excerpt from article:

By Janice M. Horowitz
They're loaded with fat and can be very salty, yet these filling little snack foods are nutritional powerhouses. That's because the types of fat found in nuts—monounsaturated and polyunsaturated—are the good fats. When eaten instead of junk food high in saturated fats (like potato chips and doughnuts), nuts lower blood levels of triglycerides and ldl (bad) cholesterol while raising HDL (good) cholesterol—a perfect formula for preventing heart disease. Many nuts, such as pecans and walnuts, also contain a phytochemical called ellagic acid. In preliminary laboratory studies, ellagic acid seemed to trigger a process known as apoptosis, in which cancer cells kill themselves. Nuts provide another benefit: they contain vitamin E, a potent antioxidant that may help ward off heart disease and cancer. The downside? At about 150 calories per ounce, they are a sure ticket to the fat farm. Eat them by the handful, not the bowlful.