Peanuts are a POWERFUL plant protein
Peanuts and peanut butter are protein powerhouses, containing more protein than any other nut. A ¼-cup (60-mL) serving of dry roasted peanuts contains 9 grams of protein and a 2-tbsp (30-mL) serving of natural peanut butter contains 7.5 grams of protein.
Nuts and peanuts (which are in fact legumes) are plant-based proteins and fit in the protein foods category as part of a healthy diet in Canada’s food guide.
Peanuts are NATURALLY sustainable
Peanuts replenish soil with essential nitrogen that can be depleted by other crops. This means less fertilizer is needed, ultimately leading to lower greenhouse gas emissions. And with a light water footprint of only 4.7 gallons per ounce, peanuts need less water than other nuts and proteins.*
American peanut farmers have always been good stewards of the land, with most living with their families on their farms. Their practices are focused on growing the best crop, with the fewest inputs, because it makes both economic and environmental sense. This also helps ensure the farm will remain in their family for generations to come.
Given the popularity of peanuts and peanut butter amongst Canadians, it’s not surprising that Canada is the largest single country importer of U.S. peanuts. More than 87% of the peanuts consumed in Canada are grown in the United States.
*SOURCE: National Peanut Board. Treading Lightly: The Water Footprint of Peanuts. https://www.nationalpeanutboard.org/news/treading-lightly-water-footprint-peanuts.htm
Discover the power of POSITIVE snacking
Need a snack break? Try one of the recipes below, or get more ideas here.