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An Ugly Truth:

A Peanut allergy is a type of food allergy distinct from nut allergies. It is a type 1 hyper- sensitivity reaction to dietary substances from peanuts causing an overreaction of the immune system which in a small percentage of people may lead to severe physical symptoms. It is estimated to affect 0.4-0.6% of the population.
The most severe allergies in general can result in anaphylaxis, an emergency situation requiring immediate attention and treatment with epinephrine.
It is usually treated with an exclusion diet and vigilant avoidance of foods that may contain whole peanuts or peanut particles and/or oils. To learn more about Peanut Allergy, click on the link.

 Nut Free Zone Sign

If you have a Peanut Allergy, look for this sign to be sure the restaurant you're eating in is a nut free zone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nutrition? Sure, I know what your thinking. But not so fast!

There are LOTS of positive nutritional facts about Peanut Butter

  Peanut butter isn't just kids' stuff, so says Mary Ellen Camire, Ph.D., a professor in the University of Maine's department of food science and human nutrition. In addition to the protein a spoonful delivers, PB packs vitamin E and cholesterol-regulating monounsaturated fats, and "might even help curb your appetite," says Camire. Here's how to make the most of it, with or without jelly.

It may reduce your risk of coronary deathPeanut Butter Heart
  People who eat nuts or peanuts four times a week may lower their risk of dying of coronary heart disease by 37 percent, compared with people who seldom or never eat nuts, according to a review in the British Journal of Nutrition. Eating peanut butter may lower bad LDL cholesterol while maintaining good HDL cholesterol, the authors say.
It may help prevent Alzheimer's disease
  Adding 22 milligrams (mg) of niacin to your daily diet may decrease your risk of developing Alzheimer's. A tablespoon of peanut butter contains about 2 mg. In a study, those who consumed 22 mg daily of this B vitamin had a 44 percent lower risk of Alzheimer's compared with those who consumed 13 mg, say researchers from Rush University Medical Center.
It's rich in antioxidants
  Roasted peanuts contain about 22 percent more antioxidants than the uncooked variety and about the same amount of cell-protecting substances as strawberries, according to researchers at the University of Florida.
PB Celery

 

And it may help you stay slim
  If you eat nuts at least twice a week, you're about 30 percent less likely to gain weight than someone who never or rarely eats nuts, according to a study in the journal Obesity. Peanut Butter and celery is a healthy way to get kids to eat something green (ok it barely counts, but it is green).

 

 

Nutritional Information

Smooth Peanut Butter

Serving Size 2 tbs. (32g. smooth)

Amount Per Serving

  Calories 190   Calories from Fat 140
  % Daily Value*
  Total Fat 16g   24%
  Saturated Fat 3g   15%
  Trans Fat 0g
  Cholesterol   0mg >   0%
  Sodium   150mg   6%
  Total Carbohydrate 8g   3%
  Dietary Fiber 2g   8%
  Sugars 2g
  Protein 7g
  Vitamin A 0%   Vitamin C 0%
  Calcium 2%   Iron 4%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
 

Crunchy Peanut Butter

Serving size: 2 tablespoons (32g Crunchy)

Amount Per Serving

  Calories 188   Calories from Fat 134
  % Daily Value*
  Total Fat 16g   25%
  Saturated Fat 3g 13%
  Trans Fat 0g
  Cholesterol 0mg   0%
Sodium 156mg   6%
  Total Carbohydrate 7g   2%
Dietary Fiber 3g   10%
  Sugars 3g
  Protein 8g
Vitamin A 0%   Vitamin C 0%
  Calcium 1%   Iron 3%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Table data provided by www.NutritionData.com

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