Amazing Peanut Butter Facts
Did You Know...
that Peanut Butter is a food
paste made primarily from ground dry roasted peanuts, popular
in the Philippines, North America, the Netherlands and the
Butter is mainly used as a sandwich spread,
sometimes in combination as in the peanut butter and jelly
that the United States
and China are leading exporters of Peanut
Butter and other nuts are used as the basis
for similar nut butters?
that January 24 is
National Peanut Butter Day in the United
Australia, it was once known as peanut paste?
are native to the tropics of the Americas, and were mashed to
become a pasty substance by the Aztec Native Americans
hundreds of years ago?
that evidence of
Peanut Butter as it is known today
comes from US patent 306,727 , issued in 1884 to Marcellus
Gilmore Edson of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, for the finished
product of the process of milling roasted peanuts between
heated surfaces until the peanuts entered "a fluid or
that as the
peanut product cooled, it set into what Marcellus
Gilmore Edson explained as being "a consistency like that of
butter, lard, or ointment"?
that Marcellus Gilmore
Edson's patent is based on the preparation of a peanut
paste as an intermediate to the production of
that while Marcellus
Gilmore Edson's patent does not describe the modern confection
we know as peanut butter, it
does show the initial steps necessary for the production of
Kellogg, of breakfast cereal fame, secured US patent
580,787 in 1897 for his "Process of Preparing Nutmeal," which
produced a "pasty adhesive substance" that Kellogg called
that Dr. Ambrose
Straub, a physician in St. Louis, Missouri pursued a
method for providing toothless elderly with protein in the
1890s with his peanut-butter-making machine was patented in
that a popular myth is
that George Washington Carver (18641943)
invented peanut butter?
that while George
Washington Carver is credited with inventing over 300
uses for peanuts, peanut butter was not one of them, as it had
already been invented before he commenced research on the
legumes around 1915; however, this myth is still taught in
many American school systems.
Butter may protect against a high risk of
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?
Butter (and peanuts) provide protein,
vitamins B3 and E, magnesium, folate, dietary fiber, arginine,
and high levels of the antioxidant p-coumaric acid?
that for people with a
peanut allergy, peanut butter can cause
reactions, including anaphylactic shock, which has led to its
banning in some schools?
that the peanut
plant is susceptible to the mold Aspergillus flavus which
produces a carcinogenic substance called aflatoxin?
that 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
that in 1990, a study
showed that average American peanut
butter contained an average of 5.7 parts per billion
of aflatoxins, per the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
guidelines of 20 parts per billion?
that some brands of
peanut butter may contain a
small amount of added partially hydrogenated vegetable oils,
which are high in trans fatty acids, thought to be a cause of
atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, and stroke; these
oils are added to prevent the peanut oil from separating.
that natural peanut
butter and peanuts do not contain partially
that a U.S.
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) survey of
commercial peanut butters in the U.S. showed the presence of
trans fat, but at very low levels?
that this survey was
conducted in 2001, and it is unclear what the current state of
trans fats is in peanut butter
products that contain partially hydrogenated oils?
that by law,
if a serving size on the nutrition label contains less than
0.5 grams of trans fats, then the manufacturer is legally
allowed to claim that that the product contains "0g Trans Fats
that some manufacturers
have decreased the serving size of their products in order to
be able to claim that the product contains "No Trans Fat per
that at least one study
has found that peanut oil caused relatively heavy clogging of
that Robert Wissler
of the University of Chicago reported that diets high in
peanut oil, when combined with cholesterol intake, clogged the
arteries of Rhesus monkeys more than butterfat.
Butter can harbor salmonella and cause
salmonellosis, as in the salmonella outbreak in the United
States in 2007.
that in 2009, due to
mishandling and apparent criminal negligence at a single
Peanut Corporation of America factory in
Blakely, Georgia, salmonella was found in 46 states in
peanut-butter-based products such as crackers, peanut-butter
cookies, and dog treats?
that it has claimed at
least nine human lives as of March 17, 2009,
and made at least 691 people sick in the United States?
Peanut butter in food products
Butter has been used in other food products
for many years?
that since then there
has been large development into peanut
butter's use in other foodstuffs, some of
which include cake, jam, jelly, confectionary, ice cream,
brownies, pretzels, peanut brittle, cookies, porridge and
sandwiches amongst others?
that some peanut
butter marketed as "natural" contains only
peanuts and salt (to prevent spoilage), but most
consumer-brand peanut butter today, even if labeled "natural",
contains other ingredients, including hydrogenated vegetable
oil to stabilize it and prevent oil separation, and dextrose
or other sweeteners to enhance flavor?
palm oil is used instead of
hydrogenated oils to prevent oil separation?
Butter is also sold mixed with other pastes,
such as chocolate, jelly (jam) and the like?
is a peanut butter-based food used to fight malnutrition in
famine stricken countries, with a single pack contains 500
calories, can be stored unrefrigerated for 2 years, and
requires no cooking or preparation.
that a common, simple
outdoor bird feeder can be made by coating a pine cone once
with peanut butter, then
again with birdseed?
Butter is an effective bait for mouse traps?
that the oils found in peanut
butter are known to allow chewing gum to be
removed from hair?
that in Dutch peanut butter
is called pindakaas (peanut cheese), because the name
butter was protected in the Netherlands when peanut butter
came on the market in that country (1948)?
that the word kaas, cheese, was
already being used in another product (leverkaas)
that has no cheese in it and this product is similar to
another cold cut product, leverpostej.