On January 24th every year we celebrate National Peanut Butter Day, although many people still have not heard of it. Well, now you have. You may not even like peanut butter; however, someone in your family or a loved one is sure to be a fan. You cannot throw a stick without hitting a peanut butter lover. Not that you should be throwing sticks. Please don’t do that.
Peanut Butter is Good for You
Even if you have made a New Year’s Resolution to eat better, lose weight, or get healthier, peanut butter can be included. It is actually really good for you. Not only is it high in protein (2 TB = 7 grams), but it also has some other nutrients and health benefits. Some of these include:
- It provides 14% of your daily serving suggestion of B-6. This vitamin is essential for our immune system and heart health.
- Every serving gives you over 15% of the daily recommendation for phosphorous. You need phosphorous to build energy, build healthy bones, and improve cell growth.
- It contains over 4.2 mg niacin per serving. Niacin helps digestion and nerve function as well as producing energy.
- It gives you almost 8% of your recommended daily amount of zinc. You need zinc for DNA formation, protein synthesis, and immunity.
- Peanut butter has 57 mg of magnesium per serving, which is essential in over 300 chemical processes in your body.
What Else is Peanut Butter Good For?
Some other interesting benefits include weight loss, reducing breast cancer, managing your blood sugar, and building strong muscles. For example, one study found that eating peanuts helped maintain or lose weight in 373,000 people over five years. And since it is a form of protein, it helps you build muscles.
Also, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) says that you should replace saturated fats with monounsaturated fats, which include peanut oil, peanuts, and peanut butter. It reduces obesity and lowers the blood sugar for those at risk of type two diabetes. Another study found that eating peanut butter and nuts lowers your risk of benign breast disease, which can increase your risk of breast cancer.
Some More Interesting Peanut Butter Facts
Peanut butter was patented in Canada in 1884 by Marcellus Edson. Also, peanuts are not really even nuts. They are classed as legumes because they are grown underground. And by the way, we Americans eat approximately 700 million pounds of peanut butter per year.
I am pretty sure my husband is responsible for at least 50 pounds of that, although they say the “average” person eats three pounds per year. Here are the top 12 fun facts about peanut butter:
- Two of our United States Presidents used to be peanut farmers. Jimmy Carter and Thomas Jefferson.
- To be considered peanut butter in the United States, it has to have at least 90% peanuts.
- The “average” person eats about 3,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in their lifetime. But my husband has one or two a day and he is almost 70 so he has gone way over his average amount. LOL.
- Peanut shells are used for many different things like animal food, paper, fireplace logs, wallboard, and kitty litter.
- Americans spend about $800 million on peanut butter a year.
- There is an actual name for the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth. It is archibutyrophobia (A’-ra-kid-bu-ti-ro-pho-bi-a).
- It takes almost 550 peanuts to make a small 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
- Men like chunky and women and kids like creamy best.
- The largest peanut butter and jelly sandwich ever made (at this date in 2021) was 1,342 pounds and it was made in Grand Saline, Texas.
- It takes one acre of peanuts to make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches.
- You could coat the entire floor of the Grand Canyon with the amount of peanut butter Americans eat every year.
- Approximately 1.3% of people in the United States are allergic to peanuts.
How to Celebrate National Peanut Butter Day
Use peanut butter to make your favorite peanut butter recipe. Even if it is only a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Some people like peanut butter and honey (my husband). And Elvis Presley liked peanut butter and bananas. You can also use chopped or sliced apples, chocolate chips, raisins, or some kind of berry.
I have even heard of people doing peanut butter and bacon, peanut butter and pickles, or peanut butter and shrimp. When I was a kid, I remember eating a lot of peanut butter on celery. However, I tried that recently and hated it. Apparently, I do not like celery anymore. Unless it is cooked.
Peanut Butter Cookies
What about peanut butter cookies? Even people who do not like peanut butter often like peanut butter cookies. I have a super easy recipe that I even taught my husband to make. All you need is one cup of peanut butter, one cup of sugar, and one egg. Mix together, put them on a pan, and cook at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. That’s it. They are really good. Go ahead and make some and let me know how you like them.