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5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Peanut Butter

5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Peanut Butter

To continue our love for all thing Peanut Butter and celebrate the launch of our Peanut Butter Cheesecake Delight, we’ve pilfered through our peanut butter pamphlet and come up with the top 5 facts you never knew about this second-to-none super-duper sensational spread!

1 | Peanut Butter was invented for people with no teeth

In the 19th Century, you might find it surprising to know that solid food was incredibly dense. So dense that people would regularly dash their teeth (if they had any at all) on simple things like biscuits, breakfast cereals, even baked goods.

In an effort to help people chew solid food, Marcellus Gilmore Edson came up with his own solution by cooling peanut flour to create a “butter, lard, or ointment” texture. Liquid paste with sugar was added to make it spreadable. The peanut paste was patented by Edson, but the creamy & delicious peanut butter we know today was still yet to be birthed…

2 | Kellogg’s owns the rights to all of the peanut butter in the world. Forever.

Although Edson discovered peanut butter, fourteen years later John Harvey Kellogg (of the Kellogg’s legacy) issued a patent for “Process of Producing Ailmentary Products” in 1898. This was a patent for creating peanut butter from raw peanuts and was the first properly spreadable peanut butter that is most similar to what we use today.

3 | You don’t have a nut allergy, you are allergic to legumes

No matter what the name suggests, peanuts are not nuts, they’re legumes. Legumes are the food group commonly associated with pulses, which includes beans, peas, lentils, and more… and no, there are no nuts in this food group.

As 4-6% of the population have a peanut allergy but very few have a cashew or brazil nut allergy, this legume/nut dichotomy does kind of make sense. So what’s the difference between nuts and legumes? Well, peanuts come from a seed which is attached to its pod (making it a legume), whilst other nuts are never attached to the wall of their pod (making them nuts). Fascinating!

Peanuts are not nuts, they’re legumes

4 | Peanut butter has fought Depression since the 1920s

The American classic, the PB&J sandwich enjoyed its first surge during the Great Depression in the 20s and 30s when cheap, filling meals were the order of the day. The real boom came after WW2 when soldiers returned from war and demanded the PB&J sandwiches that got them through all those years fighting tooth and nail in the trenches. Ever since then, PB&J has been the nation’s favourite and never fails to reach the top spot for comfort food classics in the USA.

5 | Peanut butter helps fight world hunger

No, really. Since 1996, a packet of nutritional peanut butter called Plumpy Nut has been given to poverty-stricken countries to help them get the vitamins and nutrients they so vitally need. Served in 92g packets, each has 500 calories and is distributed worldwide due to its high fat, long-lasting nutritional composition. It’s also commonly referred to by its technical name, a RUTF (Ready to use therapeutic food), but we much prefer the sound of Plumpy Nut.

Introducing our Peanut Butter Cheesecake Delight

Exante Peanut Butter Delight

Peanut butter lovers rejoice! Our NEW Peanut Butter Cheesecake Delight is creamy, nutty and hard to resist but still low in calories and sugar – it’ll soon be your favourite dessert.

Our Peanut Butter Cheesecake Delight can be used as part of an Exante Diet plan for quick weight loss or as a meal replacement to complement a calorie-controlled diet. It’s packed with over 22 vitamins and minerals and is high in protein and fibre!
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Lotty Cairns

Lotty Cairns

Writer and expert

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