Q: I like to eat nuts as a snack. I have noticed that after I eat unsalted peanuts, my blood pressure gets very high. Is there a particular reason for that?
A: Perhaps you have a mild food allergy to peanuts. You should mention your problem to your doctor. Typically eating unsalted peanuts does not effect blood pressure. Peanuts are actually a legume, just like beans and peas. Legumes are part of a healthy diet. To learn more about legumes go to this article on the Mayo Clinic’s web site.