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Peanuts are also called varieties of names such as groundnut, monkey nut, earthnut, goober peas or pignut.
Ayurvedically peanuts can also cause indigestion and ama (toxins) when eaten in excess. They have tissue drying properties and like all beans, can be difficult to digest. Hence they are not recommended for those with weak digestion or dryness (vata dosha). Instead, these individuals should choose a tree nut, instead of a legume.
Peanuts are also oily and hot, potentially leading to acne in Pitta Kapha constitutions. Also according to Ayurveda, Peanut oil can be applied externally to manage dry skin as well as dry and painful joints due to its oily quality.
Peanut allergies are very common and is one among the top 10 food allergies. Peanut allergies can vary from a simple rash to life threatening complications and therefore are best avoided by some.
Peanuts are rich in fat, protein, Vitamin E, folate, and other essential healthy nutrients that may provide medicinal benefits to the body. Peanuts have been studied to help treat many health problems such as weight loss, PCOS, skin problems, hair problems like hair loss, memory loss, diabetes, cancers, erectile dysfunction and much more.
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Dear Janet, If you can eat peanuts without suffering from indigestion or other signs of imbalance, then they are probably okay Ayurvedically speaking. -John
Has anyone ever seen the growth process of a peanut? It grows inside a wet shell, slowly. Think for sure if you really want to eat something that has subsisted on mold.
I love peanut butter. Is there something I can combine it with in order to make help with the balance?
Peanut butter is generally considered hard to digest. Do you like almond butter? Could you try that as a substitute?
I also love jungle peanuts over regular. Unfortunately, they are a bit pricey and hard to come by (unless you shop on the internet). With regular peanuts, I noticed I've slowly acquired an allergy that feels like it's going to get worse. Otherwise, jungle peanuts give me no bad side effects, unless I were to eat an entire pound.
Pitta can be be reduced by soaking peanuts for 6 hours. It can be easily digested by taking it with Jaggery. Never consume water after having peanuts eventhough you will thirty, it will cause diarrhea.
Just combine with jaggery. It will help you in digestion.
Dear John,Why do peanuts aggravate vata and pitta?
Hi Jesse, peanuts are difficult, heavy and drying which is going to irritate Vata dosha. They are also hot, oily and acidifying, so they will increase Pitta dosha too. Almonds are a nice alternative for both doshas! You can learn more about them here: https://www.joyfulbelly.com/Ayurveda/ingredient/Almonds/59
Thank you Katie for replying.Yes, I understand that. Pitta is heating and peanuts in this article are mentioned as being hot, oily, acidifying and containing earth and fire elements so that would increase pitta. I'm just trying to understand your reasoning behind them being hot and acidifying. For example, ginger is another edible plant that grows underground, which is obviously pungent and thus contains fire element. However peanuts are not pungent. On your page about Rasa, Virya
Hi Jesse, peanuts contain aflatoxin which can be particularly rough on the liver (corn also contains it) so the impact of peanuts on the system can result in hotter blood than something like fresh ginger. Hope this helps!
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.