Peanuts and peanut butter are among America's most popular foods.
Americans consume more than 600 million pounds of peanuts and about
700 million pounds of peanut butter each year. The good news is
that peanut products are nutritious as well as delicious.
Peanuts have lots of protein to make you
grow and lots of vitamins & minerals including Vitamin
E, Niacin, Thiamin, Copper, Phosphorous, Magnesium and Iron. Peanuts
and peanut butter are naturally cholesterol free and are good for
your heart. Because peanuts and peanut butter are packed with so
many nutrients, they are a great part of breakfast, lunch and dinner
and can be used to make oil and even candy. Do you like to cook?
Click on our list to download recipes containing peanuts and peanut
Some people are allergic to peanuts and should
avoid eating peanuts, peanut butter, and some oils. People with
food allergies have different reactions to certain foods
but through certain tests and keeping a food diary, diagnosing a
food allergy is not difficult. If you have been diagnosed with a
food allergy or think you may have one, click
here for more information.
How A PB&J Stacks Up
A peanut butter and jelly sandwich stacks up well against other
popular food items such as a chicken filet sandwich, a hot dog,
a slice of pepperoni pizza and a hamburger.
A PB&J on white bread contains a lower
percentage of calories from fat, less saturated fat, and almost
no cholesterol (the small amount is from the bread) than the other
items. The PB&J contains more fiber and less sodium than the
other items (with only one exception -- the hamburger contains 2
mg less sodium than the PB&J).