Thinking back to those science classes you’re forced to take in school, you learned all about the pH scale. How certain things are more acidic while others are either neutral or alkaline.
Eating acidic foods isn’t going to pose any problems for your body, but eating acidic foods in high amounts, can cause some issues.
Peanuts are one of those snacks that are tasty and, overall, pretty good for you. If all foods fall somewhere on the pH scale, are peanuts acidic?
Are peanuts acidic?
Both raw and roasted peanuts are both categorized as acidic based on their pH level. Raw peanuts have a pH of 6.87, and roasted peanuts are 6.32, making them slightly more acidic.
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Understanding Peanuts pH
When you think of acidic foods, you probably think of sour foods or candies. Peanuts are not sour, so what does their pH mean?
The pH scale runs from one to fourteen. If a food has a pH rating of anywhere between 1 and 6.99, it’s acidic. A rating from 7 to 7,99 is considered neutral, and 8 to 14 is alkaline.
Since raw and roasted peanuts have a pH rating that’s so close to 7, they’re practically neutral. That’s why you wouldn’t know that peanuts are acidic just by biting into them.
Will Eating Peanuts Give You Acid Reflux?
Eating and drinking things that have a high acidic pH have the potential to cause acid reflux. Acid reflux can be painful and frustrating.
Since peanuts are technically considered to be acidic, can they give you acid reflux?
It’s doubtful you’re going to get acid reflux from eating peanuts. Their pH is so close to being neutral that they’re hardly acidic as it is.
You would have to eat an excessive amount of peanuts to feel any reaction of that sort. Even if you’re prone to acid reflux or heartburn, you should be okay enjoying peanuts without concern.
Are Peanuts Healthy?
Peanuts are generally considered healthy, despite their acidic pH rating. These legumes are rich in protein, vitamins, and healthy fats. Protein and healthy fat can help keep you fuller for longer.
Because they’re high in protein and healthy fats, they’re a fantastic snack for those on a fitness journey to lose weight.
However, these nuts are high in calories, so consuming too many in one day or sitting can negatively affect your weight loss journey.
Peanuts have plenty of omega-6 in them. Omega-6 is great for improving brain function, maintaining bone health, and promote healthy skin and hair.
Studies have shown that eating peanuts can help decrease your risk of heart disease. Peanuts can help prevent heart disease by helping to lower your cholesterol levels.
Another health benefit of these delicious nuts is that they pose little risk to diabetics. They’re a low-glycemic food which basically means they won’t cause your blood sugar levels to spike.
Eating peanuts often has been shown to reduce women’s risk of type-2 diabetes.
Peanuts are an excellent source of fiber. Fiber can help reduce any inflammation in your body and keep your digestive system working correctly.
Where Do Peanuts Come From?
Peanuts are not actually nuts; they’re legumes. Unlike other nuts such as walnuts and pecans that grow on trees, peanuts grow underground from a peanut plant.
These legumes are native to the western hemisphere but can grow anywhere in a subtropical or tropical environment.
There’s evidence that peanuts originally came from South America, but scientists aren’t 100%. They’ve found fossils and artifacts that depict drawings and pottery in the shape of peanuts.
This suggests that the peanut was very important to ancient South America.
Did you know that the average person in the United States consumes about six pounds of peanuts annually? It sounds like a lot, which it is, but half of the peanuts consumed are from peanut butter.
Even though raw and roasted peanuts have a similar pH, it’s still slightly different. Peanut butter has a pH of 6.3, making it about as acidic as roasted peanuts. Various brands of peanut butter may have varying pHs, but generally, their rating is acidic but very close to neutral.
Alicia is the senior content editor and writer here at Food FAQ. She has extensive experience with acid reflux, heartburn, GERD, and various supplements. When not eating food for “research”, she’s watching “Friends” for the 100th time.