Nut Facts

Nut Facts

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Peanuts are high in plant protein – It’s Plant-Powered Eating

Peanuts are a whole food that packs a lot of nutrition into just one serving. They are actually legumes (similar to beans, lentils, peas and soybeans), but are categorized with other “nuts” for the purposes of nutrition research and recommended dietary patterns…MORE/Less

Peanuts are eaten like nuts as snacks and are included in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines and related dietary guidance represented in the “protein group,” along with other types of nuts.

  • Peanuts have more protein than other nuts and as much protein as beans.
  • Peanuts added to the diet provide healthy plant protein that helps reduce blood pressure. as a plat food, peanuts bring added nutrition.
  • Peanuts are a nutrient-dense protein bringing more nutrition than animal foods.
  • Unlike animal foods, peanuts boost fiber in the diet.
  • Peanuts have a number of bioactive components that are unique to plant foods such as phytosterols and resveratrol. These bioactives may prevent disease.
  • Peanuts provide heart-healthy oils to the diet and are low in saturated fat and trans fat.

Living a healthy lifestyle or trying to lose weight may seem challenging at times. Oftentimes, there is the thought that being restrictive of certain foods or of fat is the best approach. Numerous diets that incorporate peanuts, however, show that people do better on diets that don’t cut out such wholesome foods or healthy fats. Eating recommendations set by different health authorities also factor in peanuts, as the benefits of consuming them are clear.

Peanuts and peanut butter are whole foods that pack a lot of nutrition into just one serving. Peanuts are a terrific protein source.

The Role of Peanuts in Healthy Diets

NUTRIENT DENSITY: Vitamins and Minerals in Peanuts

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nut-bulletFUN FACTS about Peanuts and Peanut Butter

Nutty but true! Fun peanut facts from the National Peanut Board.

By the Numbers
• It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter…MORE/Less

  • There are enough peanuts in one acre to make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches.
  • By law, any product labeled “peanut butter” in the United States must be at least 90 percent peanuts.
  • The world’s largest peanut butter factory churns out 250,000 jars of the tasty treat every day.
  • Four of the top 10 candy bars manufactured in the USA contain peanuts or peanut butter.
  • Peanuts account for two-thirds of all snack nuts consumed in the USA.
  • Peanuts contribute more than $4 billion to the USA economy each year.
  • Americans spend almost $800 million a year on peanut butter.
  • The average peanut farm is 100 acres.
  • Peanut butter/peanut paste is the leading use of peanuts produced in the U.S. (1/2); followed by snack nuts and in-shells (1/4); and, candy and confections (1/4).
  • Peanuts are the #1 snack nut consumed in the U.S. Accounting for 2/3’s of the snack nut market

Consumption Facts
•The average American consumes more than six pounds of peanuts… MORE/Less

  • The average American consumes more than six pounds of peanuts and peanut butter products each year.
  • The average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before he/she graduates high school.
  • Americans consume on average over 1.5 billion pounds of peanut butter and peanut products each year.
  • Peanut butter is consumed in 90 percent of USA households.
  • Americans eat enough peanut butter in a year to make more than 10 billion peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
  • The amount of peanut butter eaten in a year could wrap the earth in a ribbon of 18-ounce peanut butter jars one and one-third times.

Peanuts Made Famous
• Two peanut farmers have been elected president of the USA… MORE/Less

  • Two peanut farmers have been elected president of the USA – Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.
  • Astronaut Allen B. Sheppard brought a peanut with him to the moon.
  • Peanut butter was the secret behind “Mr. Ed,” TV’s talking horse. Spreading peanut butter inside the horse’s mouth created a natural talking movement every time the animal moved his sticky jaws.
  • Baseball Hall of Fame’s, Jim “Catfish” Hunter and Gaylord Perry are peanut farmers from North Carolina (Hunter from Hertford and Perry from Williamston).
  • Former President Bill Clinton confessed that one of his favorite sandwiches is peanut butter and banana; also reported to have been the favorite of Elvis “the King” Presley.
  • In Barbara Mandrell’s hit song “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” she sings about putting peanuts in her bottle of Coke. (This method of enjoying peanuts was developed by southern farm workers as a practical snack solution in the interest of time and cleanliness, plus it’s flavorful.)
  • There are six cities in the U.S. named Peanut: Peanut, CA; Lower Peanut, PA; Upper Peanut, PA; Peanut, PA, Peanut, TN; and Peanut WV.

PB Facts from Girl Scouts of America
• According to Little Brownie Bakers, cookie bakers use about 230,000 pounds of peanut butter per week… MORE/Less

  • According to Little Brownie Bakers, cookie bakers use about 230,000 pounds of peanut butter per week to bake Do-si-dos and Tagalongs.
  • Peanut butter cream is deposited onto Do-si-dos at the rate of 2,800 per minute

World Records
• Grand Saline, TX holds the title for the world’s largest peanut butter and jelly sandwich weighing in… MORE/Less

  • Grand Saline, TX holds the title for the world’s largest peanut butter and jelly sandwich weighing in at 1,342 pounds. Grand Saline outweighed Oklahoma City’s 900 pounds peanut butter and jelly sandwich in November 2010. Oklahoma City, OK had been the reigning champ since September 7, 2002.
  • Adrian Finch of Australia holds the Guinness World Record for peanut throwing, launching the lovable legume 111 feet and 10 inches in 1999 to claim the record.
  • In August 1976, Tom Miller, a University of Colorado student, pushed a peanut to the top of Pike’s Peak with his nose(14,100 feet!). It took him 4 days, 23 hours,47 minutes and 3 seconds.
  • The Guiness Book of World Records reports that on April 3, 1973, Chris Ambrose, Clerkenwell, London, ate 100 peanuts singly in 59.2 seconds!
  • According to the Guiness Book of World Records, Earl Adkins, Enfield, North Carolina holds the record for growing the largest peanut – 4 inches long!  (The average length of a peanut is about one inch.)

How do you like your peanuts?
• Women and children prefer… MORE/Less

  • Women and children prefer creamy, while most men opt for chunky.
  • People living on the East Coast prefer creamy peanut butter, while those on the West Coast prefer the crunchy style.
  • Sixty percent of consumers prefer creamy peanut butter over crunchy.