Better health than budget-friendly peanuts

Albany, Ga., January 24, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — With the cost of food rising, consumers are looking for meals and recipes that make their dollar stretch. According to The Peanut Institute, peanuts and peanut butter are some of the cheapest, nutrient-dense sources of protein available.

A one-ounce serving of peanuts, which is about a handful, costs approximately 15 centsProvides seven grams of plant-based protein and 19 vitamins and minerals, heart-healthy fats, and fiber.

“Research has shown that substituting plant proteins for animal-based proteins can help add years to your life.”1“Says Dr. Samara Sterling, a nutritional scientist and director of research for the Peanut Institute. “Making smart food choices each day adds up to a healthy lifestyle that is beneficial to you and your family.”

Because they’re packed with vitamins and minerals, peanuts and peanut butter provide both short-term and long-term benefits that can positively impact every stage of life.

  • Healthy development in children of the brain, bones, muscles and immune system. Peanuts also contain arginine, an amino acid associated with higher growth velocity.2
  • Healthy weight management in adults by providing greater hunger satisfaction. A recent study found that participants who consumed peanuts and peanut butter consumed fewer calories than those who ate other nuts, including almonds.3
  • protection against certain cancers With antioxidants and phytosterols that have been shown to be beneficial against brain, skin, stomach, colon, breast, pancreas and prostate cancer.
  • keeping the brain sharp while aging Thanks to compounds that increase blood flow to the brain, protect against Alzheimer’s disease and even fight anxiety and depression. Niacin in particular has been linked to a lower rate of cognitive decline.4

good for the body and better for the planet

While the health benefits of peanuts abound, they are also earth-friendly.

Since peanuts are technically legumes, growing and harvesting them is easier than tree nuts.

  • Peanuts require less water than tree nuts.5 Peanuts require less than half the water to grow than almonds. (2,782 versus 8,000 cubic meters per in-shale ton)
  • Groundnut enriches the soil with nitrogen to make the land more fertile. They produce 90% of their own nitrogen, which means they help create a more sustainable world.
  • Peanuts produce less greenhouse gases. Peanut butter produces just 2.9 units of CO2 emissions, less than half that of eggs (4.8 units) and less than a quarter of that of cheese (13.5 units).

Those statistics, combined with the long shelf life of peanuts and peanut butter, equate to a convenient, sustainable, cost-efficient food that’s great to keep on hand.

Visit for recipes covering breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts and snacks. The Peanut Institute also shares research updates and meal ideas. Facebook, Twitter, instagram, linkedin And pinterest,

based in Albany, Ga.The Peanut Institute is a non-profit organization that supports nutrition research and develops educational programs to encourage healthy lifestyles that include peanuts and peanut products. The Peanut Institute pursues its mission through research programs, educational initiatives and the promotion of healthy lifestyles for consumers of all ages. As an independent platform, The Peanut Institute is uniquely positioned to work with all sectors of the food industry, the research community, academia, consumer organizations and government institutions.

1.Huang J, Liao LM, Weinstein SJ, Sinha R, Graubard BI, Albans D. Association between plant and animal protein intake and overall and cause-specific mortality. JAMA Intern Med. 2020 september 1;180(9):1173-1184. DOI: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.2790. PMID: 32658243; PMCID: PMC7358979.

2. Van Vuth, AJAH, et al., Dietary arginine and linear growth: The Copenhagen School Child Intervention Study. British Journal of Nutrition, 2013. 109(6): p. 1031–1039.2. Kennedy DO (2016).

3. Cassandra J Nikodijevic, Yasmine C. Probst, sez-yen tan, Elizabeth P. IndigoEffect of tree nut and peanut consumption on energy compensation and energy expenditure: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Advances in Nutrition, 2022, ISSN 2161-8313, 006.

4.Morris MC, Evans DA, Bienius JL, Sher PA, Tangney CC, Hebert LE, Bennett DA, Wilson RS, Agarwal N. Dietary niacin and risk of incident Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2004 Aug;75(8):1093-9. DOI: 10.1136/jnnp.2003.025858. PubMed PMID: 15258207; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1739176.

5. “The Green, Blue and Gray Water Footprint of Crops and Derived Crop Products.” mm Mekonen and AY Hoekstra, UNESCO Institute for Water Education, December 2010,

SOURCE Peanut Institute


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