PEANUTS AND PEANUT BUTTER IMPROVE KIDS NUTRITION

Vegetable intake improves by pairing vegetables with peanut butter.

Why Peanut Butter?

  • Dips are often used to encourage vegetable and fruit consumption, but not all dips are healthy.
  • Peanut butter is high in essential nutrients, fiber, and protein.
  • Peanut butter is well-liked by children.

PEANUTS AND PEANUT BUTTER ALSO HELP PREVENT OBESITY IN SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN

Overweight 12-year old children who ate peanuts or peanut butter everyday as an afterschool snack lost weight over a six-month period and 62% of the group continued to lose or maintain weight over a two-year period.

Peanuts and Peanut Butter help prevent obesity in school aged children

Download  the USDA Smart Snacks in School fact sheet.

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PEANUTS AND PEANUT BUTTER ALSO REDUCE THE RISK OF BREAST DISEASE IN YOUNG WOMEN

Research shows that young women who consumed peanut butter or peanuts at least twice a week during their adolescence decreased their risk of benign breast disease later in life by up to 39%. Benign breast disease is not cancer, but it is a well-established risk factor for breast cancer.

“These findings suggest that peanut butter could help reduce the risk of breast cancer in women.” Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH, senior author and associate director for cancer prevention and control at Sileman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine. Read more about this study in The Peanut Institute’s Food for Thought booklet.

 

Peanut Butter: the perfect veggie dip

Pairing vegetables with a nutrient-rich dip like peanut butter instead of salad dressing is an effective, simple strategy for children and adolescents that helps build positive eating habits, increases vegetable intake, and may contribute to healthier lifestyles and chronic disease reduction.