Spanish peanuts are a type of peanut that is typically smaller than other varieties of peanuts. The nuts are more rounded and have a characteristic papery, rusty brown-colored skin. Spanish peanuts are traditionally eaten as a snack food and much of the Spanish peanut crop in the United States is used to make different types of candy. They are also a good source of certain vitamins and minerals and are high in dietary fiber.
The USDA Nutrient Database also states a single 1-ounce serving of Spanish peanuts contains around 130 calories. Fats provide the majority at around 125 calories in each serving. Proteins deliver approximately 29 calories and carbohydrates contribute around 6 calories per serving. This same amount of Spanish peanuts contains around 8 percent of the average adult caloric intake per day.
Protein and Fat
Each ounce of spanish peanuts contains 14 grams of fat, with slightly more than 12 grams coming from healthy unsaturated fat -- the type that benefits your heart. A serving of peanuts also provides you with 7 grams of protein, which nourishes your muscles and promotes healthy oxygen transport.
Of the 4.4 grams of total carbohydrates in peanuts, 2.7 grams come from dietary fiber, a type of carb important for digestive health. This amount of fiber provides 11 percent of the daily recommended fiber intake for women.
Many essential minerals are available from Spanish peanuts. A single serving provides high amounts of manganese, 0.7 milligram or 39 percent of the recommended daly intake for women. You'll also consume 252 milligrams of copper, or roughly 28 percent of the recommended daily intake. Both copper and manganese play a role in collagen production, so they help strengthen your tissues, including your bones, cartilage and skin.
A number of different vitamins are present in a serving of Spanish peanuts. The nuts are particularly high in niacin and folate -- two nutrients important for cardiovascular health -- as well as thiamine, pantothenic acid and vitamin B-6 -- three nutrients that support your metabolism. Riboflavin, in smaller amounts, is also available in Spanish peanuts.
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