15+ Surprising Facts About Peanuts and Peanut Butter

Surprising Facts About Peanuts and Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is one of the most loved food items of all time. From spreading it on a toast or PB&J or adding it to an oatmeal cereal, the versatility of organic peanut butter ensures that it can be added to any recipe, making even the simplest meal delicious. Natural peanut butter also has abundant nutritional value that provides you with many health benefits.

If you want to learn more about why this nut butter is so famous worldwide, then here are some lesser-known facts about peanut butter that’ll definitely surprise you.

A] Benefits of Natural Peanut Butter

For something so tasty, organic peanut butter sure does have a lot of benefits.

  • Natural peanut butter is an excellent alternative to fatty regular-butter, as it does not contain sodium or hydrogenated oils. It has a high amount of protein, vitamins, and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and zinc.
  • With no saturated fats, natural peanut butter is extremely good for your heart and helps lower bad cholesterol. It also reduces the risk of gallstones, especially for women.
  • Even though it has a high-calorie count per serving, natural peanut butter can help with weight loss as it keeps you satiated for a longer time.

Further reading: Benefits of natural peanut butter

B] Some Interesting Facts About Peanuts & Peanut Butter

1. Peanut Butter was initially made for people with no teeth

Yes, you read that right! Peanut butter was originally marketed as a healthy protein substitute for older patients who had poor (or no) teeth and couldn’t chew meat.

2. Peanuts are legumes, not ‘nuts’

Even though it has ‘nut’ to its name, peanuts are actually legumes. Just like soya beans and lentils, peanuts are edibles seeds that are enclosed in pods. However, there is a common misconception amongst most people who believe that just like all the other nuts, peanuts are also grown on trees.

3. Peanut butter was first invented by the Inca Indians

There is evidence that proves that Inca Indians in South America were the first people to grind peanuts to make natural peanut butter. 

4. By law, peanut butter should have 90% of peanuts in it

In the US, an FDA regulation was passed in the 1960s, wherein any product labelled as peanut butter needed to have 90% of peanuts. The remaining 10% made up of other ingredients such as salt, added sweeteners, an emulsifier, or vegetable oils that prevent the butter from separating.

Further reading: Natural Peanut Butter – Healthier Than Regular Peanut Butter

5. An average person eats around 2,984 PB&J sandwiches during their lifetime

According to several research and surveys, an average person consumes 2,984 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in their lifetime. It is also a known fact that there are peanut butter jars in about at least 75% of the American households.

6. It takes up to 540 peanuts to make a jar of peanut butter

That’s right! It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of natural peanut butter. To simplify it, for every ounce of peanut butter, you would be consuming approx. 45 peanuts. So, imagine the number of peanuts you will be eating while spreading them on your toast!

7. One acre of peanut butter can make 30,000 sandwiches

It is estimated that approx. 1 acre of organic peanut butter can make up to 30,000 -35,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. 

8. It takes 5 gallons of water to make 1oz. of peanut butter

Compared to other nut butter, peanut butter require the least amount of water. For instance, 4.7 gallons of water is used to produce 1 ounce of natural peanut butter. If you think this is a lot, almond butter takes up to 80 gallons of water, while walnut butter requires 73 gallons for the same.

Check out: Almond Butter yoghurt Bowl

9. Peanut butter can be turned into diamonds

Yes, peanut butter can be turned into diamonds when subjected to extremely high pressure and temperature. Although this may seem like a cool hack, the quality of the diamond would not be great, and it would be tiny and muddy in colour.

10. Peanut butter was considered a wealthy person’s food

Peanut butter was considered a wealthy person’s food after being sold commercially in the 1890s. However, it started to gain popularity again after being served as a protein substitute in healthcare facilities.

11. Women and men have different tastes when it comes to peanut butter

Women and children prefer the smooth and creamy texture of natural peanut butter, whereas men prefer the crunchy or chunky variant. The Butternut Co. offers a wide range of organic peanut butter in India – in both creamy and crunchy variants, among others.

12. The fear of peanut butter is known as Arachibutyrophobia

Not everyone enjoys peanut butter. Arachibutyrophobia – from the Greek words “arachi” for ‘groundnut’ and “butyr” for ‘butter’ – is a fear (phobia) of being choked by peanut butter. Particularly, it is a fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth. Strange, but true!

13. Strawberry jam is preferred over Grape jelly with Peanut Butter

While most people may think that grape jelly makes the conventional PB&J, according to a survey conducted in 2014, strawberry jam is the number #1 choice for most people. 36.5% of people choose strawberry, while 31% selected grape, followed by 20.5% of people who opted for raspberry. 

Further reading: Interesting things to do with peanut butter

14. The process of preparing peanut butter from raw peanuts was patented in 1895

In 1884, Marcellus Gilmore Edson of Montreal, Quebec, Canada was the first to obtain a patented process for converting roasted peanuts into a ‘peanut-candy’ using heating surfaces. In 1890, a physician at St. Louis, Missouri started manufacturing peanut butter commercially. But it wasn’t until 1895 that Dr. John Harvey Kellogg truly patented the process of creating peanut butter from raw peanuts.

15. They might have cancer-fighting nutrients

It has been noted that natural peanut butter may have cancer-fighting nutrients that can prevent colon, breasts and prostate cancer. Organic peanut butter is exceptionally good for girls between the age of 9 to 15, as studies have shown that girls who eat peanut butter regularly have a less likely chance of developing benign breast cancer at 30.

16. People diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can lose their ability to smell peanut butter

Research indicates that the ability to lose the smell of peanut butter might be the first indication of people suffering from Alzheimer’s.

17. Boiled peanuts are considered delicacies in South America

Freshly harvested peanuts are boiled in brine until they have achieved a soft bean texture and are considered delicacies in the peanut-growing areas of South America. 

18. An average European eats less than 1tsp of peanut butter a year

An average European is known to eat less than a tablespoon of peanut butter in a year, which is comparatively less to an American who can eat up to 3 pounds a year. 

19. There are six cities in the U.S. named Peanut

The six cities in the U.S. named after Peanut are – Peanut, California; Lower Peanut, Pennsylvania; Peanut, West Virginia; Upper Peanut, Pennsylvania; Peanut, Tennessee; and Peanut, Pennsylvania.

20. Two Peanut farmers have been elected as U.S. Presidents

Virginia’s Thomas Jefferson and Georgia’s Jimmy Carter are the two peanut farmers elected as President of the USA. Former President Bill Clinton said that ‘peanut butter and bananas are one of his favourite sandwiches.’ Peanut butter is also considered a favourite of Elvis Presley.

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