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09 MAR
2014
March is National Peanut Month
Category: Blog - Written by Matt
 
 

Here are some fun peanut facts in honor of National Peanut month.

  • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.

  • There are enough peanuts in one acre to make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches. Find out how peanuts grow.

  • 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 two-thirds of the snack nut market.

  • 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 have more protein, niacin, folate and phytosterols than any nut.

  • Peanuts and peanut butter contain over 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients.

  • Peanuts are naturally cholesterol-free.

  • Rumor says that there’s enough mental stimulation in one peanut to produce 30 minutes of serious thinking. That may or may not be true, but peanuts are a good source of protein and the B vitamins, nutrients that help prevent “brain fatigue”

  • Peanut oil is valued as premium cooking oil by cooks and chefs worldwide. Tasteless and odorless, peanut oil doesn’t transfer food flavors, has a very high smoke point (440 to 470† F.) and is high in the desirable mono-unsaturated fatty acids.

  • Specially processed defatted peanuts may be ground into a flour for use in making high protein foods and beverages-, may be granulated and added to breakfast or diet bars to raise the protein levels; or may be flavored to taste like other foods.

  • One of the many great advantages of peanuts and peanut butter is long shelf life. If held at average ambient temperature without great change in heat or humidity, peanuts and peanut butter can be safely stored for several months.

  • Peanuts contain no cholesterol. Recent studies show that the combination of monounsaturates and polyunsaturates such as are found in peanuts may be helpful in reducing cholesterol levels in the body.

Pretty cool huh?

 

 

 


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