Peanut butter properties

What is peanut butter?

Peanut butter is a food made with toasted ground peanuts with added sugar and salt to enhance flavor. It is a food that is very popular in countries like USA, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Australia and other countries of Commonwealth.

It was created by the Kellogg brothers in the nineteenth century in America. The homemade peanut butter is healthier since it does not contain food additives. Commercial peanut creams often contain stabilizers and a series of trans fatty acids that make it less healthy and less desirable than those prepared at home.

(See peanut butter recipe)

Characteristics of peanut butter

Peanut butter is an oily cream in paste form that is mainly used to spread on toasts or crackers. It is also used to mix with fruit or in the preparation of many recipes.

The advantage of this cream is that it can be stored outside the refrigerator.

Properties of peanut butter

From a nutritional standpoint, peanut butter stands out for having the most properties of peanuts.

Peanut butter is particularly remarkable for its protein content, vitamin B (especially niacin) and its high mineral content (especially phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and calcium,. All these properties make peanut butter an ideal food for vegetarians who do not eat animal flesh.

One should consider that peanut butter, like other products made from peanuts are rich in fats, so it possesses a huge caloric value.

Although, it is ideal for people who need to dispose of an energetic food (heavy workers, children playing a lot, people who practice sports, etc), one should be prudent in its use, especially in cases of obesity or when on a diet to lose weight.

Composition of peanut butter per 100 g
NutrientsSalted peanut butterSalted cooked peanuts
Water1.3 g41,78 g
Energy589 Kcal318 Kcal
Fat49,4 g22,01 g
Protein24, 05 g49,24 g
Carbohydrates21,59 g13,50 g
Fiber6,6 g8,8 g
Potassium747 mg180 mg
Sodium486 mg751 mg
Phosphorus317 mg198 mg
Calcium41 mg55 mg
Magnesium159 mg102 mg
Iron1,9 mg4,58 mg
Zinc2, 71 mg1,01 mg
Copper0, 51mg0,499 mg
Vitamin C00
Vitamin B10,125 mg0,259 mg
Vitamin B20,112 mg0,063 mg
Vitamin B60′ 450 mg0, 152 mg
Vitamin A92 mcg0 IU
Vitamin E12,920 mg3,170 mg
Folacin92 mcg75 mcg
Niacin13,689 mg5,259 mg

Watch out for people allergic to peanuts

People allergic to peanuts should not eat peanut butter or other products made from peanuts. If these people eat this cream, it can cause skin reactions with the presence of pimples, eczema, rash, etc. Also stomach reactions may occur with nausea or vomiting.

Peanut products can even produce a fatal reaction known as anaphylactic shock. (See peanut allergy)

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

22 April, 2019

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