Peanut butter is a food paste made primarily from ground roasted
peanuts, with or without added oil. It is popular throughout the world
and is also manufactured in some emerging markets. Its primary use is as
a sandwich spread.
What do you know about Peanut Butter? Spread this quick trivia
Similar peanut pastes are unpopular in various cultures. True or False?
2. Peanuts, which are native to the New World tropics, who mashed
them into paste hundreds of years ago? Who made the peanut paste?
3. Evidence of modern peanut butter comes from US patent #306727
issued in 1884, for a process of milling roasted peanuts between heated
surfaces until the peanuts reached "a fluid or semi-fluid
state." As the product cooled, it set into what he described as
"a consistency like that of butter, lard, or ointment." Who
got the patent?
4. In 1890, who was the owner of a food business in St. Louis,
manufactured peanut butter and sold it from barrels.
5. J.H. Kellogg, of cereal fame, secured US patent in 1897 for his
"Process of Preparing Nutmeal," which produced a "pasty
adhesive substance" that Kellogg called "nut-butter."
What was the U.S. patent number?
6. Peanut butter may provide some protection against cardiovascular
disease due to high levels of monounsaturated fats and resveratrol;
butter prepared with the skin of the peanuts has a greater level of
resveratrol and other health-aiding agents. Peanut butter (and peanuts)
provide protein, vitamins B3 and E, magnesium, folate, dietary fiber,
arginine, and high levels of the antioxidant p-coumaric acid. True or
7. It is a peanut butter based food used to fight malnutrition in
famine stricken countries. A single pack contains 500 calories, can be
stored unrefrigerated for 2 years, and requires no cooking or
preparation. What is the product?
8. In the novel Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison, and
the film based on the novel, an impoverished and malnourished world is
portrayed; the government supplies a peanut butter ration to prevent
"the kwash" (kwashiorkor, associated with protein deficiency)
in children. What is the movie?
9. For people with a peanut allergy, peanut butter can cause
reactions including anaphylactic shock which has led to its banning in
some schools. True or False?
10. The peanut plant is susceptible to the mold
which produces a carcinogenic substance called aflatoxin. Since it is
impossible to completely remove every instance of aflatoxins,
contamination of peanuts and peanut butter is monitored in many
countries to ensure safe levels of this carcinogen. What does the
average American peanut butter contain?