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Fond of peanut butter? Who isn’t! We bet you didn’t know the following facts about peanut butter though –
- The “Peanut Butter Test” can be used as an early diagnosis test for individuals who may go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease. It has been found that people with Alzheimer’s, in most cases, lose the ability to smell peanut butter.
- The term for fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth is – Archibutyrophobia.
- The average child in the United States eats an average of 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the time they graduate from high school. They must have drank plenty of water to wash it down!
- Dr. John Harvey Kellogg is widely recognized as the inventor of peanut butter, as we know it today. He began making paste of the legumes, with an intent to get his patients to become vegetarians. The peanut paste, with its high protein content, would suffice as a meat replacement for these patients.
- Research has found that men like their peanut butter chunky, while women and children prefer creamy peanut butter more.
So, the next time you make yourself a PBnJ, you can think back to these facts and spare a thought for the origin of your favorite snack. Peanut butter is also extremely healthy, when consumed in moderation. Natural peanut butter is the best choice as it eliminates high fructose corn syrup and any added sugar. Try it out as a snack with some strawberries or watermelon or even on tip of your morning pancakes.