PEANUTS ARE THE MOST POPULAR NUT
- Peanuts are the most commonly eaten nut in America. When peanut butter is factored in, they comprise over 2/3 of the nut consumption in the US.
- Peanuts have an enjoyable flavor and people do not get tired of eating them, even after 8 weeks of replacing all fat in the diet with peanuts!
Peanuts are eaten like nuts as snacks and are included in the US Dietary Guidelines and related dietary guidance represented in the protein group.
Peanuts provide protein and healthy oils in many traditional diets including, Mediterranean, Asian, African, Latin American and vegetarian diets.
Make your calories count by making smarter snack choices.
Eating peanuts and peanut butter can help you prevent unwanted weight gain by giving you more energy and helping you feel fuller longer.
Click here to learn how.
Peanuts and peanut butter are also a great snack for adults, providing essential nutrients, protein and healthy fats. Peanuts are a satisfying snack and peanut eaters have been associated with lower BMIs and a longer life.
USDA MyPlate: PAIRING WITH PEANUTS
While peanuts and peanut butter can be eaten alone, they are also the perfect partner for every food group. Click here to learn more!
PEANUTS ALSO MAKE A GREAT SNACK
Americans are snacking more and more each year. Over the last 30 years, the number of snacks consumed per day has doubled. The majority of snacking occurs after lunch, but before dinner.
According to the USDA, peanuts are a Smart Snack for kids with zero empty calories. Research shows that kids who eat peanuts and peanut butter as an afterschool snack have an overall better nutrient intake, eat more fruits and vegetables, and are better able to maintain their weight through adolescence.