I'm a big fan of holidays. I love the excuse to mix up the daily routine and celebrate someone, or in this case, something. Makes life more interesting!
The holiday we're celebrating today is probably not one that you keep on your calendar...I realize not everyone thinks or dreams about peanuts. With that said, I wanted to bring it to everyone's attention that today is National Peanut Day! Yes, this is actually real. It's one of those weird national food holidays that no one knows about... But since we do have a company that revolves around these tasty legumes, it only feels right to honor the day.
I know there are many PB addicts out there, so today is for you! Use today as an excuse to eat lots of peanut butter. Maybe eat it in your breakfast, lunch and dinner. Maybe even as a snack? Just embrace the deliciousness that is peanut butter and while you are enjoying your PB toast, take a moment and give thanks to those mashed up little nuts for making your life that much tastier.
But if you don't want to overindulge in PB I understand. Eating too much peanut butter can be painful. Been there before...too many times before. So for you, I have some food for thought about the glorious peanut. Information you didn't even know you wanted to know...but now you do!
-While "nut" is in their name, peanuts are in fact legumes. Peanuts actually grow underground.
-In the U.S. peanut and peanut butter are the most popular nut snack and make up 67% of nut consumption.
-The major peanut producing states are: Georgia, Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, Florida, Oklahoma, Virginia, New Mexico and South Carolina.
-It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12 ounce jar of peanut butter.
-There are enough peanuts in 1 acre to make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches.
-Peanut butter is consumed in 90% of American households
-Peanut are the number one snack consumed in the US.
-Peanuts have more protein, niacin and folate than any other nut.
-A serving of peanut butter (2 TBS) has 8 grams of protein.
-Peanut and peanut butter contain over 30 essential phytonutrient.
-Peanuts are naturally cholesterol free.
-The beneficial plant fat in peanuts which is about 81% unsaturated (the "good" fat) can help lower cholesterol levels when it replaces saturated animal fat in the diet.
-Peanut butter contains zero trans fat.
-Women and children prefer creamy PB, while most men choose crunchy.
Thanks to the National Peanut Board for these fun facts!
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