Interesting Facts About Peanut Butter
Do You prefer organic or just plain old peanut butter?
By Sharon Stajda
1) Let's start with the peanut. The peanut is really just a legume, much the same as a pea or bean. In 1903, " George Washington Carver" began his peanut research at Tuskegee Institute. Dr. Carver was responsible for the development of more than 300 uses for the peanut. Peanuts are grown as an annual crop and look like a like a form of clover plant. The nuts grow on stems but are naturally pushed into the ground by the plant itself, in its very early stage of development. The peanut then matured underground.
2) The peanut originated in Brazil - The Spanish brought it to Asia and Africa, and then the Portuguese introduced the peanut to India. Well enough history. Let's get down to the health benefits of the peanut. If you like peanut butter, chances are you like honey? After you browse this article-- please stop in at my article "Honey -- It's Not Just For Tea... Make Your Own Beauty Treatments With Honey". I have put together loads of homemade beauty treatments, all using honey!
3) Peanuts Are Actually Very So Good For You - Peanuts are wonderfully high in very in protein,( 25 grams per 100-gram serving). So you just have to know the peanut is an energy food. It also has some fat--- approximately 50 grams of fats per 100 grams. Have I lost you yet? Peanuts are a good source of carbohydrates, having approximately 16 grams per 100 grams. Peanuts are a very good source of niacin (B3), with a healthy 112 mg/100 gram serving. This little legume also is power packed with vitamin E (8 mg/100 gms).
4) The peanut is particularly high in the bioflavonoid resveratrol. The same healthful bioflavonoid that is found in red wine. Bioflavonoid is believed to help prevent the formation of arterial plaques. So the peanut is good for your heart. Peanuts also have more resveratrol than grapes. Studies have shown that even small amounts of peanut product's help reduce LDL cholesterol,(that's the bad cholesterol). The antioxidants found in peanuts are found to be as high as can be found in red wine. Antioxidants are scientifically proven to help protect the bodies cells from harmful free radicals, that cause cell breakdown, and can lead to many forms of Cancer.
Fiber And The Peanut
5) Another great benefit of the peanut is fiber. Just a small handful of peanuts contains 2 grams of fiber. Fiber is used by the body for a variety of bodily functions. Many recent studies have shown that a diet high in fiber will aid the body in fending off many health problems. High on the list of benefits, fiber aids to prevent Cancers of the intestinal tract.
Researcher Dr. Richard Mattes (Purdue University), studied the effects of chronic peanut consumption on well-known risk factors for cardiovascular disease. "We wanted to determine the impact of peanut consumption on total diet quality. We found that including peanuts in the diet significantly increased magnesium, folate, fiber, copper, vitamin E, and arginine consumption, all of which play a role in the prevention of heart disease."
All about processing peanutbutter
The Cons on Processed Peanut Butter ...
6) The drawback to eating processed peanut butter? Number one, peanut butter that is processed, has Hydrogenated fat added to it. The hydrogenated fat is added to prolong the products shelf life, and it also keeps the nut oils from separating and ending up at the top of the butter.
When a liquid oil has hydrogen added to it, the end product is hydrogenated fat. The hydrogenated fat in peanut butter is what makes a substance more solid, and less apt to separate.
In the body, the hydrogenated fats become trans fatty acids. Trans fatty acids are known to increase the bad cholesterol (LDL) and decrease the good cholesterol HDL. Scientific study links altered fats, (such as hydrogenated fat) to body cell mutations, that can lead to certain forms of Cancer, and the increase LDL can lead to heart problems, high blood pressure, and many other cholesterol-related health problems.
Another drawback of peanut butter consumption- peanut butter is calorie-laden... 2 tablespoons have 200 calories.
Now for the clincher- pesticides, and the peanut. Peanuts are one of the most highly sprayed crops out there. Need I say more.
Organic or Non-Organic
Organic Peanut Butter vs. Regular Peanut Butter...
It's so good for you!
Pros--- Of Eating Processed Peanut Butter...For or years I stayed away from peanut butter. The biggest reason was - I thought it was so fattening, and in the back of my mind, I figured something that tasted that good, just could not be good for you fattening.
As of recent I have returned to eating peanut butter. After looking into the pros and cons of peanut butter, I came to the conclusion have been cheating myself from enjoying a rather healthy foodstuff. Now I embrace not only peanut butter but have gone "nuts" over all kinds of nut products.
It turns out that nuts, in general, are packed with all kinds of healthy nutrients... Plus, not to mention protein! Now we all know protein supplies the body with energy.
Natural peanut butter is high in fat - good fat - and it's cholesterol-free and has vitamin E, folic acid, and zinc. In regards to the myth that its loaded with calories. A slice of toast with peanut butter has the same number of calories as toast with a bit of dairy butter. But keep in mind peanut butter is higher in nutritional components...
Note: Two tablespoons contains about 8 grams of protein/200 calories, the same protein as 1 oz of roast turkey. Yes, the calories are a bit high, but protein and nutrition value far outweighs the worry of a few extra calories. I suggest when buying peanut butter, buy the all- natural organic brands. You won't have to worry about the small amount of hydrogenated fat, that is added to the processed peanut butter, and organic is pesticide free.
NOTE: Regular peanut butter does contain a tiny, tiny amount of hydrogenated fats, less than 1% per jar. Are Trans Fats Listed on the Nutrition Facts Label? No, there is currently no provision for the listing of trans fats on the nutrition facts label. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering a proposed rule for including trans fat on the nutrition label.
If you are bothered by the added Trans Fatty acids that are in regular peanut butter, I highly recommend all-natural organic Arrowhead Mills or Maranatha peanut butter. I also make my own, when the urge hits me- I have added a great recipe below, enjoy.
TIP: When buying all-natural peanut butter. When you first see signs of oil at the top of the peanut butter, remove it from the jar, mix with a spatula until smooth, return to jar. You can also just pour the oil off the top as it accumulates or uses the microwave to soften the peanut butter. If buying all-natural keep it.
Peanut Trivia... Did you know ?
It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter, and there
are enough peanuts in one acre to make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches.
Peanut butter frosting is so good..
Peanut Butter Recipe Of The Month!
Peanut Butter Frosting
Time to Prepare: 5 minutes
1 cup butter (softened to room temperature)
1 cup creamy peanut butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
First cream butter and peanut butter together.
Add half the powdered sugar and blend with mixer.
Blend in milk and vanilla as you are mixing.
Add remaining powdered sugar continue to blend with mixer until smooth and fluffy.
This frosting is a big hit with the kids a-top cupcakes.
Organic Or Non-Organic
Do You have a preference?
Have You Tried Costco's Newly Revised Organic Peanut Butter? It's So Good!
Costco has revised the Kirkland brand peanut butter. It's very good. It's organic too! No Trans fats or chemicals, just pure tasty peanut butter. This peanut butter gets a thumbs up.
Shar's All Things --- Peanut Butter Recipes
Shar's Homemade Peanut Butter
raw peanuts 2 pounds
salt - pinch
honey 2 Tab
peanut oil - 1 cup
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
On a cookie sheet spread about 2 pounds of raw peanuts(shelled). Roast peanuts for 1 hour. Remove and cool.
Using a food processor or blender, grind peanuts into a cornmeal consistency.
Add a few sprinkles of salt to taste.
Add 2 Tablespoons of honey
Add in peanut oil-about one cup for a two-pound of peanuts. Add the oil slowly, Blend, add a bit more blend, and if you feel the butter is the consistency you desire. Stop adding oil.
Store in a jar. I use canning jars with clamp lids, that have a rubber seal.
Store in the refrigerator. It will be gone before you have to worry about spoilage. It is so good...
If oil comes to top, stir back into butter or pour off. Best served at room temperature.
A Bit Of Trivia - Peanut Butter And Jelly Glasses.
Can you guess what was among the most popular of Kitchen Collectibles in the 1950's? You might be surprised! Peanut butter glasses were the hot collectible in the 1950s, and still today collectors are looking to buy prized peanut butter glasses, to add to their collections.
When these wonderful glasses started to be an incentive to purchase a brand of peanut butter or jelly, it's was not about the peanut butter or the jelly anymore. It was all about the little gems the products arrived in. The glasses were printed with illustrations of flowers, animals, trains, cartoon characters, and all sorts of other cultural touchstones, and also came in a variety of sizes.
Many of the best designs can be primarily attributed to Boscul Peanut Butter Company. Boscul glasses were manufactured by William S. Scull Company, Inc., Camden, New Jersey. Boscul Peanut butter was one of the first to be packaged in colorful tumblers, with pry-off lids, to accommodate the glass for drinking. After the family ate the luscious contents, the beautiful glass was added to a growing household collection. It was also likely to occur, that each family member would stake a claim to a particular glass, making it their favorite beverage container.