Peanut butter properties

This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.

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
Nutrients Salted peanut butter Salted cooked peanuts
Water 1.3 g 41,78 g
Energy 589 Kcal 318 Kcal
Fat 49,4 g 22,01 g
Protein 24, 05 g 49,24 g
Carbohydrates 21,59 g 13,50 g
Fiber 6,6 g 8,8 g
Potassium 747 mg 180 mg
Sodium 486 mg 751 mg
Phosphorus 317 mg 198 mg
Calcium 41 mg 55 mg
Magnesium 159 mg 102 mg
Iron 1,9 mg 4,58 mg
Zinc 2, 71 mg 1,01 mg
Copper 0, 51mg 0,499 mg
Vitamin C 0 0
Vitamin B1 0,125 mg 0,259 mg
Vitamin B2 0,112 mg 0,063 mg
Vitamin B6 0′ 450 mg 0, 152 mg
Vitamin A 92 mcg 0 IU
Vitamin E 12,920 mg 3,170 mg
Folacin 92 mcg 75 mcg
Niacin 13,689 mg 5,259 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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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

22 April, 2019

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