Ten fun facts about Peanuts


Fact 1
While the word nut is in the name peanut, they are actually part of the legume, or bean family.

Fact 2
Until the 1930's, peanuts were mainly used for animal feed stock. Human consumption wasn't promoted until the late 19th century.

Fact 3
Not only can peanuts be consumed as foods, but they are also used in paints, cosmetics and plastics.


Fact 4
Roasted peanuts have been shown to contain more antioxidants than carrots, strawberries and blackberries.

Fact 5
Though George Washington Carver is well known for his involvement with peanuts, he did not invent the use of peanut butter.

Fact 6
To produce a 12 ounce jar of peanut butter, it takes roughly about 550 peanuts, according to the National Peanut Butter Board.

Fact 7
While peanuts contain no trans-fats, they also contain no cholesterol and may even help reduce cholesterol levels.

Fact 8
There are several days dedicated to peanuts, including National Peanut Day (Sept. 13) and National Peanut Month (March).

Fact 9
The nickname for peanuts, Goober, comes from 'nguba', the word for peanut in the Congo language.

Fact 10
The average American eats over 6 pounds of peanuts or peanut butter products ever year.


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