Peanut, the nut behind the spread
Peanut Butter. Spending approximately $800 million a year on this spread, it is safe to say it is a love of many, if not most, Americans. Through its various applications on toast, in a sandwich, in a pie, and the always-favorite: with chocolate, peanut butter has stolen the hearts of the American public. What about the nut behind the spread?
Texas Peanut Producers Board and others celebrate the nut everyday of the year, but for the month of March, the peanut stands in the spotlight, away from the shadow of the beloved spread. March is National Peanut Month and a perfect time to recognize all the peanut can do. With approximately 540 peanuts in each 12-ounce jar of peanut butter, the peanuts are more valuable than imagined.
Peanuts alone have more than 30 essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients leading to balanced dietary health helping those with gluten intolerance or diabetes. Containing more protein than any other tree nut, peanuts are really a bang for your buck.
“It is great to celebrate the nut, especially during March, and educate others on the nutritional value in everyday living,” Shelly Nutt, the TPPB executive director, said. “Peanut farmers always love to share the value of the peanut and this is the perfect opportunity to spread the knowledge.”
According to a study conducted by Vanderbilt University and the Shanghai Cancer institute, among 200,000 people in the study, peanut-eaters decreased deaths by 21 percent and reduced cardiovascular deaths by 38 percent.
Because of all of these health benefits and the delicious taste, peanuts are the leading snack nut, accounting for two-thirds of the snack nut market. But peanuts and peanut butter are not the only applications of peanuts.
Either boiled in shell, roasted, covered in a chocolate candy coating, ground into peanut flour, extracted for peanut oil, or creamed into a delicious spread, the peanut is an essential piece to a healthy and “nutty” life.
This March, eat more peanuts and other peanut products to celebrate an amazing nut! Visit the TPPB website, www.TexasPeanutBoard.com, or follow TPPB on social media for more ways to celebrate the underrated legume, the peanut.