Peanut butter is a food product that has been popular in the United States for more than 100 years. It was invented by George Washington Carver, who also helped introduce and develop hundreds of products derived from peanuts. What many people do not know about peanut butter is that it’s actually a great source of protein, vitamins A and E, iron, zinc and magnesium. This post will explore the history of this beloved American treat as well as its benefits to health! When it was first invented, peanut butter was a ground product that had to be mixed with liquid before being spread. The process has since been improved and now the peanuts are roasted, grounded up into a paste form, then whipped until they turn light in color.
This is where many people get their protein from: one tablespoon of peanut butter contains eight grams! It can also reduce feelings of depression because it releases serotonin which helps regulate moods. And last but not least – did you know that there’s no such thing as “nut-sensitive”? That means if someone says they’re allergic or sensitive to nuts, chances are they’re actually just allergic or sensitive to something else (yes even tree nuts). They may have an allergy like sesame, but don’t realize that peanuts are legumes and not nuts.
Recipe for peanut butter:
– 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
– 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
– salt to taste
– 1/4 cup honey (optional)
– In a food processor, grind the peanuts until they are finely chopped
– Add the oil and salt
– If desired, add honey then process for about 30 seconds or until smooth. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to two weeks. Jarres finished off his post with some more information on how peanut butter is made: “Peanuts are either shelled or unshelled (raw) kernels that have been roasted. The hot nuts are fed into a grinder where other ingredients may be added before being processed.” He also included recipes for making your own homemade PB! A final note from Jarvis was this – if you’re eating jarred Peanut Butter, check out Trader Joe’s Organic Smooth and Crunchy, Stonyfield Farms Natural Creamy or Whole Foods Market Organic Smooth.