Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Peanut Butter Lover's Month

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By Diane Forrest

A friend of mine loves peanut butter.  So much that he said his wife has bought enough to last til the end of the world.  I have an uncle who fixes a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every day for lunch.  My father will eat a spoonful of peanut butter as an appetite suppressant. My son will give my dog a lick of peanut butter, just to watch him lick his lips.
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Peanut butter is a spread made from ground roasted peanuts, with or without oil.  It has several health benefits such as: provides protection against cardiovascular disease due to high levels of monounsaturated fats and resveratrol; butter prepared with the skin of the peanuts has a greater level of resveratrol and other health-aiding agents. Peanut butter (and peanuts) provides protein, vitamins B3 and E, magnesium, folate, dietary fiber, arginine, and high levels of the antioxidant p-coumaric acid.

Some people are allergic to peanuts, and one reason could be because the mothers refrained from eating them while they were pregnant.   I recently read an article about a child who took a peanut butter sandwich to school, and it was removed from him, because others in his class had allergies to them.  Some schools forbid the delicious food to be allow on school grounds because of allergies.

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November is peanut butter lover's month.  Even if you or your family attends a school that forbids it, you can still enjoy plenty of it at home.  You can fix a sandwich, put it on crackers,, cover some celery with it, or bake some nice warm cookies.

Other uses for peanut butter include:
  • A common, simple outdoor bird feeder can be made by coating a pine cone once with peanut butter, then again with birdseed.
  • Peanut butter is effective bait for mouse traps.
  • Many people derive amusement when feeding peanut butter to their dog. Most dogs appear to like the taste of peanut butter; however the animal does not have the ability to eat it with anything resembling traditional social grace.
  • Peanut butter can also help remove gum and tree sap from the skin, hair, or in fabrics and upholsteries.

According to peanutbutterlovers.com, Southern Peanut Growers, representing southeastern peanut farmers, started the celebration as Peanut Butter Lovers Day on November 4, 1990. November 4 marks the anniversary of the first patent for peanut butter, applied for by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg on November 4, 1895. It grew to a month-long celebration in 1995 when peanut butter celebrated its 100th birthday!

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This month, be sure to celebrate peanut butter any way you like.  I went and got a nice fresh jar so I will have plenty on hand for some crackers or baking.  To help you with an idea, here is a site with plenty of recipes and other ideas for peanut butter.  http://peanutbutterlovers.com/category/consumer-recipes/

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