Peanut butter is an awesome source of unsaturated fats and vegetarian protein; over 80 percent of the fats found in peanut butter are unsaturated. Peanuts also contain important B vitamins, potassium and resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant known to have cancer fighting properties. However, when it comes to relishing peanut butter, some companies make them high in calories.
Browse your grocery store aisle and you’ll find all kinds of peanut butters to choose from, among them reduced-fat options. Check the amount of carbohydrates on the nutrition label, because less fat sometimes comes with not-so-healthy trade-offs, such as added salt and sugar. Less is certainly can be more, so be sure to compare brands and opt for those with the fewest ingredients and additives.
For the average peanut butter lover, I’ve included a list of top 10 peanut butter facts that stick. Hope you enjoy this article as much as you enjoy a taste sticky, ewey and scrumptious peanut butter.
1. It takes 850 peanuts to make an 18 oz. jar of peanut butter. It should also be noted that it costs $40 to make a 12 oz. jar of peanut butter. Scrumptious, if you ask me.
2. Americans are pretty hungry when it comes to peanut butter. It makes sense when you look at the statistics and find that 75% of all American families purchase peanut butter in the last year. The average American child eats 1,500 peanut butter sandwiches by the time he or she graduates high school. I personally don’t like peanut butter in my sandwiches, but I do love adding it in my protein shake. This could be because schools are banning peanut butter products due to severe allergies.
3. People on the east coast usually enjoy cream peanut butter and people on the west coast enjoy the crunch type. I still do not understand the difference between the two. It all tastes the same to me. Personally, I prefer Nutella spread over Peanut Butter anytime. My fiancé and her family buy jars full of them. But again that is my preferences.
There is a wider gap in genders over tastes. Women and children are more prone to eating creamy, while most men opt for the crunch type.
4. Despite popular beliefs, peanuts are not nuts. They are legumes, meaning they are similar to beans, peas and lentils. It was first domesticated and cultivated in the valleys of Paraguay.
This fact also makes another stunning discovery. If you are allergic to one food, you are allergic to closely related foods because of the allergenic proteins being present in the foods. Another example is a person who is allergic to shrimp are also often allergic to shellfish. You may need to take a test.
5. The world’s largest peanut butter sandwich measured in at 40 feet long. It contained 150 lbs. of peanut butter and 50 lbs. of jelly. It was created in the town of Peanut, Pennsylvania on November 6, 1993. The day after my birthday!
6. 4 of the 10 candy bars manufactured in the United States contain peanuts or peanut butter. That means you should really be careful during Halloween when your children receives candy.
7. Peanut butter is a good source of protein. Just 2 tablespoons worth provides more than 10% of the daily recommended value. Those same 2 Tablepoons also provide 200 calories. It is also a good source of vitamins B3 and E, magnesium, folate, and dietary fiber.
8. Peanut butter fingers are the foods that kids would love to eat. When many of these kids grow up, they would also love eating this type of food because they are very delicious or scrumptious as they say. It’s not too difficult to make this type of food.
9. Almost 90 million jars are sold a year worldwide. That’s approximately 3 jars every second. More Skippy have been sold than any other peanut butter brand in the world.
10. Dr. George Washington Carver is referred to as the peanut wizard and father of the peanut industry, but he was not the person who invented peanut butter! Two peanut farmers have been elected as presidents of the United States: Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter. Very interesting! Peanut butter may be popular, but Jimmy Carter was never popular with the voters.