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  1. Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner
    May 29, 2013 @ 8:07 am

    Whenever we had ice cream growing up, peanuts were a must to go on top. Number 5 is really interesting! Guess I should be eating more.

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  2. Chantal
    May 29, 2013 @ 9:48 am

    Thank you for the information! Why then, do peanuts have a bad rep??

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    • Emily
      May 29, 2013 @ 10:54 am

      I guess I don’t think they have a bad rep, but maybe aren’t marketed as much as other nuts like almonds?

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  3. Allie
    May 29, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    Thanks for sharing, I wasn’t aware of all of these facts! What do you think of PB2 compared to regular peanut butter?

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    • Emily
      May 29, 2013 @ 10:59 am

      From what I can tell (never tried PB2) it looks like it is peanut flour, which I have had and I think is great. For me personally, I would use the flour in smoothies or baking, but the fat is what makes it so satisfying for me so it wouldn’t completely replace my peanut butter!

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      • Allie
        May 29, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

        I have tried PB2 and really enjoy it in oatmeal and smoothies, but that’s a great point about PB2 not containing the healthy fats that peanut butter does. Thanks for your input!

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  4. karenk
    May 29, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    …..but, technically, they aren’t even a nut. They are a legume, a tasty legume. They do have all those healthy characteristics, but some folks have difficulty digesting them, feel the bloat, and avoid them in the bowl of mixed nuts.

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    • Emily
      May 29, 2013 @ 10:55 am

      You are totally right, technically they are a legume, I probably should have put a disclaimer about that! And if you can’t digest them, you should definitely not eat them!

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  5. Chantal
    May 29, 2013 @ 11:02 am

    I think as well that one of the reasons almonds and cashews and other nuts are better marketed is because many people are allergic to peanuts. (even though they are a legume and not a nut!) There isnt “peanut” milk available either!

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  6. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    May 29, 2013 @ 2:21 pm

    It seems that quite often peanuts to get a bad rap, so I’m happy to see this list! I eat peanut butter very often (it’s one of my favorite foods), so I feel pretty good about myself now. ;)

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  7. Melissa
    May 29, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

    Great peanut facts Emily! I think they’re a great source for good fats – easy to carry around with you too as a healthy snack anywhere you go.

    Only thing is you need to be careful of the calories adding up too quick, as they’re calorie dense & taste so good. You can easily unknowingly consume hundreds of calories in one sitting :)

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  8. Michelle {The Lively Kitchen}
    May 29, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

    In grad school my roommate was funded by the USDA peanut lab, so I learned a lot about peanuts in listening to her talk about her research. Thankfully we have no peanut allergies here, so we can consume a lot of peanut butter. I have read that peanuts are one of the most pesticide treated plants, so I’m pretty diligent about buying organic peanut butter. We have a jar in the fridge and in the pantry for backup at all times. :)

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    • Emily
      May 29, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

      Really? I wonder why it isn’t listed on the “dirty dozen” lists, maybe because most of us don’t eat the shell? I did not know that fact, but will have to look into it. If you remember the source, please send it to me!

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  9. Mercedes
    May 30, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    Great review of the facts Emily! I am back on my peanut butter kick and have been feeling good about enjoying it as a part of my breakfast!

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  10. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    May 30, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    interesting! i knew nuts for breakfast are filling but i didn’t realize its effect on your blood sugar lasted that long!

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    • Emily
      May 30, 2013 @ 10:39 am

      I didn’t know that either, and I think it is pretty amazing! All the more reason to eat nuts with breakfast.

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  11. erin
    May 30, 2013 @ 6:19 pm

    Interesting read… thanks, Emily! And, now I’m craving a pink lady apple + PB :)

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  12. Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare
    Jun 03, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

    You don’t have to twist my arm, I’ll gladly eat more peanut butter! :) I actually just prepared apple and peanut butter snacks for the rest of the week! Thanks for the fun facts. Love learning new things.

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  13. Alyssa
    Jun 05, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

    I like all of these things, but I hate peanuts!!! What’s the next best thing? Helpful article though

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    • Emily
      Jun 05, 2013 @ 4:18 pm

      Do you like any nuts like almonds, cashews, pistachios, etc.?

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      • Alyssa
        Jun 05, 2013 @ 4:56 pm

        Almonds are better, but if I had the choice, it’d be pistachios every time. I like cashews pretty well. I always thought pistachios were too salty?

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  14. Andy
    Jun 07, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

    Peanuts and peanut butter have some more pretty amazing health benefits.
    In the UK a review by the British Journal of Nutrition stated that “eating peanut butter may lower bad LDL cholesterol while maintaining good HDL cholesterol”
    Its also contains niacin which has been linked to guarding against the onset of Alzheimer’s say researchers from Rush University Medical Center.
    Pretty all round good health food I say.

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  15. Artemis S
    Jun 09, 2013 @ 12:38 pm

    As many others have noted, peanuts are a legume. But good thing about this, on the environmental front, is that peanut plants add nitrogen to the soil, and reduce the need for nitrogen-based fertilizers!

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