Surprising Benefits of Peanut and Other Nut Butters

It’s not just peanuts — almonds, cashews, walnuts, and others can make delicious spreads for toast and desserts. See the array of health benefits nut butters can offer.

An experimental drug derived from peanuts protected some children and adolescents with life-threatening peanut allergies, according to a study

An experimental drug derived from peanuts protected some children and adolescents with life-threatening peanut allergies, according to a study, allowing the subjects to eat small amounts of peanuts without suffering a serious reaction.

Peanuts Help to Control Diabetes (New Study)

A new study released by researchers for the journal Nutrients shows that peanuts can be helpful to control diabetes. The study compared the effects on participants eating a low carbohydrate diet and either two servings of almonds or two servings of peanuts. Researchers found that the A1C, or average blood sugar levels, of the participants eating peanuts were the same as those eating almonds. This is great news for the peanut industry and individuals with diabetes because peanuts are more economical than almonds and other nuts.

New Peanut Brand Introduced

There’s a new premium peanut offering on the snack nut aisle. Smithfield has launched a brand of Virginia peanuts in four flavors: Lightly Salted, Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper, Smokehouse Barbeque and Smokehouse Cheddar. The USA-grown peanuts are water-blanched and cooked in 100 percent peanut oil to create an amazing crunch. They’re hand-roasted and hand-seasoned to maintain the artisan quality.

The product line includes flavors that are gluten free and contain no preservatives, no added sugar and no MSG. Ten-ounce cans retail $3.29 – $4.99 and 32-ounce cans retail at $8.99. The new products began rolling out in retailers last month. Food Lion, Stop & Shop, Hannaford and Redners are carrying two or more of the flavors. To support trial and awareness of the new peanut line during the holiday season, Smithfield will offer a coupon for its bacon products on the new cans.

Three Peanut Organizations Unite to Immerse Dietitians into the World of Peanuts

The National Peanut Board, The Peanut Institute and the American Peanut Council partnered together to create unique peanut experiences in an expanded booth space at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) in Washington, D.C., Oct. 21-23.

More than 10,000 dietitians and health care providers learned about research on the prevention of peanut allergies by introducing peanut foods to infants, the latest research about peanut nutrition and why a peanut-based paste, Ready-to-Use-Therapeutic-Foods (RUTF), is a leading treatment for severe malnutrition.