10 Facts about Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a food loved by many. It is simply a food paste mainly used as a spread on sandwiches. However as many of us know, there are several ways we can eat peanut butter. Peanut butter has become a staple in many of our lives, it is something many of us eat weekly or serve to our family frequently. There are many interesting facts about peanut butter and I have provided a list below of top peanut butter facts.

  1. America alone consumes over 700 million pounds of peanut butter each year. That equals out to be a whopping 4 pounds per person!
  2. Peanut Butter is good for you. Even though peanut butter contains a lot of calories, it is great for your cholesterol. Also, just 2 tablespoons of peanut butter contains approximately 8 grams of protein and the same size serving contains approximately 2 grams of fiber. Peanuts contain over 30 essential nutrients.
  3. How many peanuts are required to make a 12 ounce jar of peanut butter you ask, well approximately 550 peanuts are required to fill a jar of this size. To put this into perspective, approximately one acre of peanuts will make over 25,000 peanut butter sandwiches.
  4. Peanut butter is also loved by many types of animals. In fact, peanut butter has been used as a effective bait for mouse traps.
  5. The peanut growth cycle take about 5 months to be harvested. They are typically planted in April and the biggest harvesting months are September or October. Each peanut plant produces a yellow flower.
  6. On average about 80% of households purchase peanut butter. In fact an average American child will eat about 2,000 peanut butter sandwiches by the time they graduate high school.
  7. Creamy vs. Chunky peanut butter? About 60% of consumers prefer creamy peanut butter. Most men prefer chunky peanut over creamy peanut butter. Consumers on the East Coast prefer creamy while more people on the West Coast prefer chunky peanut butter.
  8. Currently there is no treatment that can prevent peanut allergies. Over 3 million people report of a peanut allergy and it is the most common cause of death due to a food allergy.
  9. Peanuts are not a nut, they are legumes. Which means that peanuts fall into the fruit food group. A legume is a fruit because they produce fruit in a pod. Maybe this is why we like to mix peanut butter with other fruits such as a banana or jam!
  10. The taste of peanut butter allows it to be very versatile. Not only is peanut butter great in a sandwich it is also widely used in dishes such as pasta or salad dressings. It’s versatile taste is why it is so popular with both adults and children.