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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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Monkey nut kebabs are a delectable delicacy for blue tits, coal tits, great tits (and maybe even nuthatches).
Eating bucket loads of Haribo punctuated by monkey nuts.
They sit on the shelves with all the usual varieties - rubbing shoulders with monkey nuts and peeking out from behind the pecans.
He loves monkey nuts, but they have to be roasted, otherwise he throws them out of the cage.
The only thing I can closely relate it to is when I was eight, I used to eat loads of monkey nuts.
With Leigh Griffiths scoring for fun these days maybe you could invest some of those excess monkey nuts on first scorer at 10-3.
We finished off in the fab Busy Bees Nursery garden playing games with the children whilst eating gorgeous banana and monkey-decorated cakes made by staff, and guessing how many monkey nuts were in the jar.
There's not even a stash of stale monkey nuts in my flat as city centre living is not conducive to Guisers.
Enjoying your short week and your left over monkey nuts from last night?
Booths decided to pull its Whole Hearted Roasted Monkey Nuts from the aisles because its label does not declare it contains peanuts.
Other top tips for those wanting to avoid the tax rise include buying wheat-based snacks or tortilla chips instead of potato crisps, or swap shelled salted nuts, which are liable for VAT, to unshelled salted nuts like monkey nuts and pistachios, which aren't.