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A species of legume, Arachis hypogaea, which is high in protein, energy and nutritional value, and rich in niacin, antioxidants, resveratrol and coenzyme Q10.
Peanuts are a very common cause of foreign-body aspirates, and represent about 10% of all symptomatic foreign material retrieved by endoscopy of children.
Peanut allergy is the most common cause of death from food allergy; 150/year die in the US from food allergies.

Peanuts contain oxalates that can crystallise in the form of kidney and gallstones, and should be avoided by those with kidney or gallbladder disease.
Peanuts are susceptible to mould and the frequently occurring presence of aflatoxin produced by Aspergillus flavus.


An oily herb of the legume family, Arachis hypogaea, whose seeds are consumed for their nutritional value and whose oil, derived from the seeds, is used in cooking.


seed kernels of the plant Arachis hypogaea cultivated as a commercial crop. Made into peanut meal after the oil is extracted. The kernels and meal are subject to fungal growth and may cause aflatoxicosis. Called also groundnut.

peanut hulls
a source of supplementary fiber in manufactured pet foods; it is high in lignin.
peanut meal
residue after the extraction of peanut oil; a high protein (40 to 50%) feed supplement; low in methionine, lysine and tryptophan. May be mixed with hulls when it becomes of less value because of the high (30%) of fiber.
peanut oil
a refined fixed oil extracted from peanuts; used as a solvent for drugs.

Patient discussion about peanut

Q. does being allergic to peanuts mean you can’t eat peanuts as a whole nut? Or should you avoid spreads, cookies, cornflakes etc. as well.

A. people allergic to peanuts are, most of the times, a very severely allergic people. it has an astounding reaction that can lead to death because of specks of peanuts in a cookie.

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Moisture content was determined by drying replicate portions of 5-10 g of ground nuts at 106 degC nuts for 24h and then subsequently up to constant weight, loss in weight was expressed as percentage calculated on wet weight basis [29].
One gram of each finally ground nuts was transferred into 10 mL of autoclaved (120degC for 15 min) 2% peptone water in a conical flask.
Ground nut and maize combination is chosen most often in mid elevation moist savannah.
The butter of finely ground nuts can replace saturated or animal fats, while adding flavor, richness, and protein.
Various recipes feature alternatives to gluten-laden pastry products, such a crust made from ground nuts and seeds.
In parts of the world where ground nuts were used in a soup for weaning youngsters there had not been the explosion in the number of people allergic to peanuts, she said.
Try adding oats and/or ground nuts for a different texture and flavour.
More familiar dishes such as tandoori chicken are also available as are veggie dishes such as the Gurkha tarkari which is flavoured with Tia Maria, cream and ground nuts.
OR use half protein powder and half ground nuts for flour in recipes.
These are known as the 'big eight' -milk, eggs, nuts, ground nuts, fish and shellfish, soya and wheat.
The class A drug was found in a consignment of ground nuts, according to a Customs spokeswoman.
To make matters even simpler, Sojourner Farms sells pet food mix consisting of human-quality grains, herbs, ground nuts and sea vegetables.