National Peanut Month

Did you know that the month of March is National Peanut Month? When we heard this we couldn’t be any more excited. Who doesn’t love peanuts and peanut butter? We can’t get enough of it. If you are a nut-lover like the rest of us, you have come to the right place! Be sure to stop back this month for recipes that will be honoring peanuts. Today we will be starting our month long celebration with some fun and interesting facts about peanuts.

Peanuts can benefit your health in many ways. Peanuts are rich in energy and provide many great nutrients, minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins. In fact, peanuts have higher antioxidant capacity than grapes, green tea, tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, and carrots; kind of hard to believe! Peanuts are also packed with mono-unsaturated fatty acid that is great for cholesterol. The long list of why peanuts are good for you goes on, so if you are a fan, don’t be afraid to enjoy a small handful daily.

Random Peanut Facts
-It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12 oz jar of peanut butter.
-Jimmy Carter and Thomas Jefferson were both peanut farmers.
– The average American consumes more than six pounds of peanuts and peanut butter  products each year.
– Peanut butter is the leading use of peanuts in the USA.
– The peanut plant originated in South America.
– Peanut butter is consumed in 90 percent of USA households.
-Peanuts are an ingredient in 4 of the top 10 candy bars in the USA.

-Peanuts contribute to more than $4 billion to the USA economy each year.

After all that info you are probably craving some of this tasty and nutritious nut. Whether, it is a handful of dry roasted peanuts, a peanut butter sandwich, Reese’s Cups, or a banana with peanut butter we hope you can get your hands on some soon!

sources: Peanut Board Peanut Facts Nutrition

 

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