Happy National Peanut Day
Posted on Friday, September 13th, 2013 at 8:00 am
We’re definitely going nutty over today’s celebration of National Peanut Day! These “nuts”, it turns out peanuts are actually legumes, originate from South America, but have managed to work themselves into our diet. Besides being a great snack to eat a baseball game, peanuts have become a major staple and ingredient in our everyday meals and favorite foods. In fact, the average American consumes over 6 pounds of peanuts and peanut products per year!
Although peanuts have been a major staple in our foods, it has only been recently that they’ve escaped the bad reputation of being unhealthy. Research suggests this little legume can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, it provides a good source of protein and fiber, and can even lower triglycerides in the body.Not only are peanuts naturally cholesterol free, but they also have 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients in them too.
Now that we’ve convinced you peanuts are good for you we’d love to share some recipes that incorporate this tasty ingredient. For some inspiration you should check out The Peanut Institute’s helpful recipe area. There you can find a wide variety of recipes (from desserts to soups!) that use peanuts. And if you’re having some trouble finding a good deal on peanut products we’ve got some great savings: