Friday, April 13, 2012

Peanut Butter

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Peanut butter was invented and reinvented many times during history. 


Peanuts were known as early as 950 B.C. and originated in South America. The ancient Incas used peanuts and were known to have made it into a paste-like substance. As a crop peanuts emigrated from South America to Africa by early explorers and then traveled by trade into Spain who then traded the product to the American colonies. The first commercial peanut crop was grown in Virginia in the early to mid 1840's and in North Carolina beginning around 1818. By 1914, many companies were making peanut butter. Joseph L. Rosenfield invented a churning process that made smooth peanut butter smooth. In 1928, Rosenfield licensed his invention to the Pond Company, the makers of Peter Pan peanut butter. In 1932, Rosenfield began making his own brand of peanut butter called Skippy which included a crunchy style peanut butter.

According to dietitians at UCLA, peanut butter is full of healthy, unsaturated fats, which promote heart health by lowering blood cholesterol and decreasing the risk of heart disease. Also, peanut butter is inexpensive and easy to serve, making it the perfect snack for athletes who want a quick dose of energy-producing calories. The numerous calories found in peanut butter make it an affordable nutrition source for athletes, some of whom need to eat more than 3,000 calories a day. A 100-calorie serving of peanut butter (1 tbsp.) costs about 7 cents. Other sources cost far more. For example, a 100-calorie serving of tuna costs 60 cents; deli turkey breast costs 75 cents. Also, peanut butter has protein, which the body will use to build and repair muscles. Now peanut butter is not as protein dense as other foods, so drink a tall glass of milk with your peanut butter to supplement your protein intake. Many dieters think they need to steer clear of peanut butter because of its high calorie count. However the fiber found in peanut butter (1 g per tablespoon) combined with its protein content can give dieters a feeling of fullness. If you feel full, you will eat less, so a serving of peanut butter may actually help keep your overall caloric intake down. There is a Purdue University study that said dieters who regularly eat peanuts do not overeat. Peanut butter is known as a healthy food. The tasty paste is packed with vitamins, protein, and minerals. While peanut butter does contain fat, it is NOT a source of cholesterol. A large percentage of the fat found in commercial peanut butter (80%) is unsaturated, or good fat. The other 20% of the fat is transfat, or bad fat, (very bad fat) and comes from the super heated and hydrogen injected oil used as a stabilizer in the mixing process. It's possible to avoid the transfat by purchasing natural peanut butter.


Which is processed without the hydrogenated vegetable oil. The peanut oil will separate and float to the top of the jar, but mixing the oil back into the peanut butter, or store the jar upsidedown will quickly solve that problem. Natural means different things to different companies. So be sure to read the labels. Buy Organic or another option is to grind your own fresh. Grind as much or as little as you want. Add as much oil as you want and use whatever nuts you like. My favorite is cashew butter. You can pick up a machine for about $30.00. Now I've learned to give up the bread and eat mine by the spoonful. If your not on board with that, choose your bread wisely and slice it thin. I also suggest you forgo the sugary jellies for something more nutritious and healthy like honey if you have a sweet tooth. I usually munch a teaspoon or 2 before bed to nourish my body through the night. Well there you have it the Down Lo on peanut butter. If it's natural and organic you can't go wrong. Good Luck...




                             

And since it's the weekend here's a cocktail to keep you happy:

Peanut Butter Cup Martini Recipe


Makes 2-3 martinis

Ingredients


  • 3 Ounces of Peanut Butter Punch
  • 1 Ounce White Rum
  • Chocolate Syrup

Directions


In an ice filled shaker, add the peanut butter punch and white rum.

Shake vigorously.

Add stripes of chocolate syrup to the inside walls of a martini glass.

Pour contents of shaker into glasses and serve.







                           Have A Great Weekend !!



 
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