Sunday, 3 May 2020

Why Peanuts more expensive than gold!






The peanut, also known as the groundnut, goober, or monkey nut, and taxonomically classified as Arachis hypogaea, is a legume crop grown mainly for its edible seeds. It is widely grown in the tropics and subtropics, being important to both small and large commercial producers as the nuts are eaten directly and butter and other eatables made from it.Peanuts originated in South America. They go by a variety of names, such as groundnuts, earthnuts, and goobers. Despite their name, peanuts are unrelated to tree nuts. As a legume, they're related to beans, lentils, and soy. In the United States, peanuts are rarely eaten raw.

Domain Registration 3

Peanuts are also known as groundnuts are considered by many as poor man’s cashew nut. It is considered to be packed with nutrients. The peanuts are eaten in different ways and forms. It’s simply roasted with its cover or loose or withjust  the top skin. In some cases it is boiled in salt water, the cover is torn opened, the soft salted nut is eaten. Some find it delicious. The nuts are even roasted and eaten plain, salted or with a coating of masala (spices) coating. Peanut butterand other food items and eatables are made from peanuts. In India people love peanuts and is mixed in various dry snacks apart from being eaten roasted, boiled or otherwise. Roasted peanut is also served with alchoholic drinks. Drinkers love it. Sip and munch!

It is grown in many parts of India and around the world in the tropical region. As the saying goes – one man’s food is another man’s poison. And it’s a fact with peanut. Many people are allergic to peanut and peanut products. Some reactions are serious and can even lead to death.

Many years ago during my trip to the Cuddapah area in then Andhra Pradesh in India, during our walk in the remote area spread with groundnut fields in vast areas, had an unique experience. As we walked, from a distance we could see a farmer calling out in our direction. My local friend informed that the farmer and his family is inviting us to his field. We walked towards the field. The farmer was happy to see us come, greeted us and cleaning a couple of big stones, requested us to sit on them.


As we sat and looked around, the farmer and his family plucked out groundnut plants with fresh groundnuts from the fields, cleaned them and roasted the groundnuts on the fire. They placed the freshly roasted groundnuts on leaves before us, and requested us to eat the nuts. Later offered us water and bid us farewell. Later, I learnt from the local that, it’s an age-old custom that during the first harvest, they invite the first stranger they happen to see and offer them the first crop as per their tradition. They believe it brings them good fortune.

Peanuts are an especially good source of healthful fats, protein, and fiber. They also contain plenty of potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, and B vitamins. Despite being high in calories, peanuts are nutrient-rich and low in carbohydrates.

They're a convenient source of protein and come with the added bonus of healthful nutrients, such as antioxidants, iron, magnesium, and fiber. The majority of fats in peanuts are heart-healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats, which can help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies show that the amino acid L-arginine is helpful for improving sexual function in men. Preliminary studies have found that L-arginine may help with erectile dysfunction. Peanuts are a rich natural source of L-argininie.

But just has people love to eat peanuts, there are many who are allergic to it around the world. Peanut allergy kills 4 US kids every year. This has spooked Americans so much, the parents don’t let their kids go near a peanut, although doctors recommend feeding infants peanut-containing foods from the age of 4-6 months. Since most of them haven’t ever tasted peanut , more of them are growing up with the allergy. In fact, 2-5% of US kids are estimated to be peanut-allergic today.

The most severe allergic reaction to peanuts is anaphylaxis — a life-threatening whole-body response to an allergen. Symptoms may include impaired breathing, swelling in the throat, a sudden drop in blood pressure, pale skin or blue lips, fainting and dizziness.

Peanuts can cause a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). Allergic reactions can be unpredictable, and even very small amounts of peanut can cause one. Casual skin contact is less likely to trigger a severe reaction.

But death by peanut is extremely rare. While estimates range from about 150 to 200 deaths a year from peanut allergies, reporting is spotty and not required, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officially documents only 13 deaths (including six adults) between 1996 and 2006.

Recently , a biotech company has sought permission to market a drug called Palforzia that could be worth $1 billion a year,  reports The Atlantic. One will need it lifelong, but still won’t be able to munch peanuts at will. It only claims to make you more resilient in case of accidental exposure.

What does this $4,200-a-year (Rs 3 lakh) treatment contain? You will be surprised, nothing but tiny amounts of peanut flour! $1 billion annual revenue from Palforzia likely to exceed Rs 7,100 crore.
Isn’t it an interesting business proposition? I am going nuts!








MyPost


The Sun you don’t know!
The sun has a diameter of about 1.4 million kilometers (870,000 miles). To put this in perspective, this is almost 110 times the diameter of the Earth. What this means is that about one million Earth’s could be inside the sun. The sun accounts for 99.86 per cent of mass in the solar system. It is three quarters hydrogen and most of the remaining mass is helium. The sun will continue to burn for 130 million years and after it burns through all of its Hydrogen, instead burning helium. During this time it will expand to such a size that it will engulf Mercury, Venus and Earth. When it reaches this point, it will have become a red giant star.

The average distance from sun to the Earth is about 150 million km. Light travels at 300,000 km per second so dividing one by the other gives you 500 seconds – eight minutes and 20 seconds. This energy can reach Earth in mere minutes, but it takes millions of years to travel from sun’s core to its surface.

.....................................................................................
Picture Post:
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur,
 Rajasthan
.....................................................................................

.....................................................................................


*Your comments are welcome. We value them, to make the blog better.
*Guest writers are welcome. Tell us about the subject. Get in touch.
*Please share this blog
......................................................................................


Aneela Nike Post

Anil Naik
WhatsApp: 91 9969154602
Email: akn929@yahoo.com





......................................................................................
Post your *Banner ads *Sponsored Post on Aneela Nike Post, WhatsApp: 9969154602  Email: akn929@yahoo.com

No comments:

Post a comment