The perfectly powerful peanut for the foodservice industry

Nutritious, delicious and sustainable – that’s what U.S.-grown peanuts are. Recently, the National Peanut Board (NPB), a U.S.-based industry-funded national research, promotion and education program, developed an insightful presentation that provides the foodservice industry with an overview of peanut growing in the U.S., including the types of peanuts, different peanut oils, flours and nutrition information. As part of the NPB’s Perfectly Powerful Peanut campaign, the all-mighty peanut is portrayed as a nutrition powerhouse.

The key take-away points from these fundamental peanut information resources are:

  • •   Peanuts are a source of 15 essential vitamins and minerals
  • •   A serving of peanuts contains nine powerful grams of plant-based protein
  • •   Peanuts are Canada's favorite nut

Furthermore, a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine has revealed that eating peanuts regularly is associated with fewer deaths, especially from heart disease. Conducted by Vanderbilt University and the Shanghai Cancer Institute, the new study of more than 200,000 people showed that eating peanuts decreased total deaths by 21% and reduced cardiovascular deaths by 38%.

Sources: National Peanut Board, Vanderbilt University