Are honey roasted peanuts healthy?

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If you have a slightly underactive thyroid, you may have been given a list of foods to avoid for a short period of time to help reverse the issue. Foods you have been told are harmful to a productive thyroid and may have been a part of your regular diet. Last week, I mentioned there were three specific food groups that I need to eliminate or greatly limit in my diet for a 90+ day period to restore issues I am having with my thyroid. Cruciferous vegetables were top of the list of foods I am supposed to avoid to eliminate internal inflammation. Nuts are the second food group I am supposed to temporarily avoid. Walnuts, pecans, almonds, peanuts need to be kept to a bare minimum consumption for me. Like cruciferous vegetables, I have a love affair with, especially, peanuts I cannot shake. Luckily, I am able to consume no more than 1 ounce daily during this time period. I won’t divulge how much I used to eat.

honey roasted peanuts
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Honey Roasted Peanuts

Here is the issue with nuts for me: honey roasted peanuts not just plain ole peanuts. If you notice anything about my food groups to avoid thus far, it is the fact they are high in fiber. Excellent sources of fiber are being eliminated from my daily intake in record numbers. I understand fiber is more difficult for the system to digest. Thus I need to eat foods easy to digest so my body does not work so hard while I attempt to fix the problem with my thyroid.

While honey roasted peanuts have an higher sugar content than raw peanuts, they satisfy the sweet cravings void of unhealthy processed sugar. So again, I am wondering why such wise choices are causing me so much harm. And again, I emphasize it is not the foods I am eating, but yet an underlying issue derived during an extremely difficult pregnancy causing my thyroid to slow. These foods, in particular, are now exacerbating the underlying issue. By eliminating these foods, I can potentially reverse the problem and resume eating my delicious cruciferous vegetables and nuts again.

Vitamins

Even when I resume my normal eating habits, I will need to limit my honey roasted peanut intake to approximately 1 ounce daily. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends eating no more than 1 to 2 ounces daily of honey roasted peanuts for them to be part of a healthy diet. Since honey roasted peanuts are rich with B vitamins: riboflavin and folate which help turn food into energy, I will continue to eat them during my 90+ day regime, but only maximum 1 ounce. Other benefits honey roasted peanuts provide me include helping form strong bones with its manganese and phosphorus; and its magnesium is pertinent to nerve function as well as muscles.

Fats

Of course, many of you may think to yourself, “Aren’t honey roasted peanuts high in fat?” Yes, they are, but not bad fat for the most part. Your body needs fat, carbs, proteins to function adequately. The Mayo Clinic recommends keeping your saturated fat intake to 16 grams and total daily fat intake to 44 grams to help prevent heart disease and other health concerns. An ounce of honey roasted peanuts has the following fats:

  • 23g total fat
    • 3g Saturated fat
    • 0g Trans fat
    • 8g Polyunsaturated fat
    • 12g Monounsaturated fat

Considering pretty much all of my fat intake is derived from my peanut consumption, I am well within my daily fat consumption eating no more than 1 ounce daily.

Sugar

Back to the sugar content of honey roasted peanuts, it contains approximately 8 grams of sugar per ounce. 24 grams of sugar is the recommended daily limit for women according to the American Heart Association. Hence, barring my other sugar intake, which is very minimal, nuts are my primary source of both fats and sugar daily.

What foods that are good for you have you ever had to eliminate or temporarily avoid from your diet, if any?

SOURCES:

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Mayoclinic.org
The American Heart Association
Honey Roasted Peanuts Nutritional label

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21 Comments
    1. I am sure each situation is slightly different depending on your underlying factors. My underlying factors called for eliminating items slow to digest, which for me, meant items high in fiber. Fiber is hard to break down. I am still on my journey learning more and more every day. What has worked for you?

    1. Isn’t that the truth. The moment we are told we cannot have something, we crave it more. Talk about our psyche playing tricks on us. I recently spoke with a lady who has been gluten free for 3 years. She said she gained 18 lbs. That was a first I heard that occur with a gluten free diet. Thought it was interesting.

  1. I’ve been gluten-free for nearly 3 years, mostly by choice. I feel great without it, but technically I do have a low class allergy to wheat, so it does make sense for me anyway. It’s hard to eliminate what you used to love, but when you see the benefits, or back track and get sick, you’ll feel better about your choice to eliminate.

  2. Definitely an interesting take on whether honey roasted peanuts are healthy or not. I suppose most things in moderation are fine for most people. I love natural local honey, but because I’ve had the gastric bypass, sugars tend to make me very sleepy and/or sick to my stomach! But I really like honey, so I just have to use very small amounts of it.

    Don’t get me started on controlling how many honey roasted peanuts I might eat in a sitting. I have to pour some into a small cup or my hand, otherwise that jar winds up empty! LOL
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    1. It is so hard when you can’t eat something you enjoy. It isn’t like we are downing candy bars, right? I use honey in my teas along with lemon for the natural sugar taste. And like you, I have to portion out my honey roasted peanuts lest I dip my hands back into an empty jar from eating way too many.

  3. This is a good point–sometimes good foods can be bad for you. I discovered about a year ago, much to my shock, I had high blood pressure–after having very low blood pressure all my life! Then I discovered that licorice tea can raise your blood pressure. I love licorice tea and was drinking quite a bit of it at the time. I cut down on the licorice tea, and my blood pressure went back down.
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  4. And I pretty much looked at that picture and my brain stopped moving… I think I’m hungry!

    I know exactly how you feel with “healthy” foods that aren’t healthy for YOU. Congratulations on making choices that are good for you — for YOUR body and your lifestyle. I hope your thyroid gets back into honey-roasted peanut-eating shape soon!
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  5. I have never really eliminated anything that is “good for you” from my diet, only the bad things. Though now that I read your article, I am thinking maybe I should start looking into my diet more as I have thyroid problems as well. Thanks for the valuable info! You are doing a great job educating us more stubborn foodies!
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    1. Thank you, Leanne. We always look straight to the “bad” foods, but sometimes “good” foods can stand in the way of optimal health. Not that those foods are bad for you, it is just that they currently stand in the way of something else working properly.

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