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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 16:23

Sponsored: Peanut butter

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One of the staples in my fridge is a jar of natural, no sugar-added peanut butter.  I prefer crunchy because I like the texture  of the nuts.  Peanut butter can be an easy way for those following vegan or vegetarian diets or aiming for more plant-based meals to get protein into their diet.

Here are some fun facts about peanut butter:

It takes about 540 peanuts to make one 12 ounce jar of peanut butter.

In the U.S., by law, anything labeled "peanut butter" must contain 90% peanuts. 

(http://nationalpeanutboard.org/peanut-info/fun-facts.htm)

Each tablespoon of peanut butter is approximately 100 calories and most of that is from fat (8 grams).

Peanut butter is also a good source of protein (4 grams in 1 TBSP) and  contains potassium, vitamin E and magnesium.

Whether adding it to a  smoothie or making satay sauce or just spreading it on bread for PB & J sandwiches, peanut butter is a versatile option that many can enjoy. 

For recipe ideas go to the National Peanut Board: http://nationalpeanutboard.org/recipes/

Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN

Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian

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