What are the benefits of adding peanuts, yes peanuts, to your diet?
So what is the benefits of a peanut to the human diet? Well here is some information to answer that question.
In 1903, George Washington Carver began his peanut research at Tuskeegee. Dr. Carver developed more than 300 uses for peanuts and improved peanut horticulture tremendously.
Whole peanuts are a very important human food. Peanuts are very high in protein ( 25 grams per 100gram serving) of good quality. They are a very good source of energy, with 50 grams of fats and 16 grams of carbohydrates per 100 gram serving. About half their fat content is monounsaturated fats, about a third are polyunsaturated, and the remaining about fifth are saturated. Of the polyunsaturates, only a passing small amount is omega - 3.
Peanuts are a very good source of niacin (B3), with a healthy 112 mg/100 gram serving. Niacin, also called nicotinic acid, is the most effective medication for raising HDL "good" cholesterol, leading to increases of 20 percent to 35 percent. Peanuts also contain vitamin E (8mg/100gms). Nuts in general, and peanuts in particular, are high in the bioflavonoid 'resveratrol'. This bioflavonoid is also found in red wine and is believed to help prevent the formation of arterial plaques. Peanuts have more resveratrol than grapes. Studies adding even small amounts of 'peanut products' to the diet have recorded a 14% reduction in the 'bad' LDL cholesterol. One ounce, or one small handful of peanuts contains 2 big grams of fiber. This is 9% of the fiber you need each day!
In 1922, Joseph L. Rosefield received the first patent for a shelf-stable peanut butter which would stay fresh for up to a year because the oil didn't separate from the peanut butter. One of the first companies to adopt this new process was Swift & Company for its E.K. Pond peanut butter, renamed Peter Pan in 1928. In 1932, Rosefield had a dispute with Peter Pan and began producing peanut butter under the Skippy label.
In 1955, Procter & Gamble entered the peanut butter business by acquiring W.T. Young Foods. They introduced Jif in 1958 and now operate the world's largest peanut butter plant, producing 250,000 jars every day.
Currently, Wal-Mart offers the best value peanut butter with their 40oz jar (1.13kg) and their 28oz jar.
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Peanut Butter Company Links:
- Peter Pan Peanut Butter
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- Jif Peanut Butter Products
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- Saratoga Peanut Butter Company
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