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Peanuts in the Modern UK Kitchen: Utilization and Health Benefits

Article by Pnut King

Peanuts in the Modern UK Kitchen: Utilization and Health Benefits

Published on 08/04/2023 in Peanut News

The United Kingdom peanut market is thriving, with the sales value of prepared or preserved groundnuts manufactured in the UK hovering around the £200 million mark in recent years. By 2025, the UK peanut butter market alone is forecast to hit US$148.49 million in retail value, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.84% in the years 2020-2024. That’s a remarkable amount of value being produced from groundnuts – driven by their health benefits and wide range of uses.

How to use varieties of peanuts in your kitchen

Peanuts have a wide array of uses in the kitchen and can bring a delicious nutty flavour and crunchy texture to many dishes. Bring something special and make the products of peanut good for you:

● Whole peanuts are typically used in cooked foods and snacks, from curries to sweet confectionery. Blanched peanuts are particularly popular for this use, as peanut skins can crumble into dishes and affect their appearance. Spanish peanuts are particularly good for making savoury products, thanks to their small grain and reddish-brown appearance.

● Peanut butter is a paste made from dry roasted peanuts, typically Runner peanuts, and comes in different qualities and purities. Whilst some manufacturers add salt, sugar, or oil to stabilise their mix, natural peanut butter has 100% peanut content. Peanut butter is used extensively as a sandwich filling and in baked goods and nutritional shakes, as a healthy source of plant-based protein.

● Peanut flour is made from roasted, crushed, and defatted peanuts. It makes a great alternative flour for people with a gluten intolerance, and can be used to prepare baked snacks or to thicken and enrich sauces and smoothies.

● Peanut oil has a high smoke point, making it ideal for frying other ingredients, and is great for adding flavour to salads and cooked dishes.

Five health benefits of eating peanuts every day

Peanuts are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, and fibre, helping to contribute to a healthier lifestyle. Here are five of the big peanut health benefits:

1. Reduced risk of heart disease

Peanuts are rich in unsaturated fats which lower cholesterol, helping to reduce your risk of developing heart disease by 40%. As a good source of vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium, peanuts reduce your blood pressure and keep blood vessels healthy.

2. Maintaining healthy muscles

Protein-rich raw peanuts support healthy muscle growth and strong bones and can help you feel fuller for longer.

3. Improved cancer protection

Peanuts contain high levels of natural antioxidants that resist cancer-causing free radicals.

4. An energy boost

Peanuts have a considerable amount of vitamin B, which can help reduce fatigue and boost your mood.

5. Healthier blood

The high iron content of peanuts helps your body to produce haemoglobin which carries oxygen around the body, improving your cardiovascular capacity and helping pregnant women stay healthy.

UK peanuts: In demand

Peanuts make a tasty and nutritious ingredient and snack and are a sustainable source of plant-based protein. It’s no surprise that they remain a firm favourite in the UK market, in all their various forms

Pnut King
Pnut King

With over 17 years of experience in the peanut industry and numerous awards recognising his contributions, he founded Agrocrops in 2008, a leading global peanut company. His passion for peanuts drives his commitment to improving the industry for all stakeholders and promoting sustainability.

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