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Beyond butter and sugar, spreads have a strong presence in the dessert category. This time of year is the perfect occasion to showcase pantry staple ingredients in flyers and in store, as well as creative – and delicious – ways to put these items to use. 

Not only is Canada a multicultural place, but according to Mintel’s “Ethnic Foods and Flavours” report, we’re also a nation that loves trying new eats! Here is an overview of the report’s top findings.

With the cooler weather just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to comfort diners with some extra warmth added to dishes. Here are some tips to get you inspired, while satisfying your customers’ cravings for hot flavours.

Though many consumers are curbing their sweet tooth in favour of healthier fare, the cookie still hasn’t crumbled in the retail and foodservice market. So what makes consumers gobble these goodies up?

As an “always-on” society, our devices even have a reserved seat at our family dinner table. Nielsen's global survey on cross-generational eating habits may surprise you with this breakdown of the percentage of mealtimes that were not technology-free, by generation!

At this year’s Dietitians of Canada conference, we received lots of interest in the role peanuts play in the diets of special interest populations. Here is an overview of the benefits of peanuts – and peanut butter – for some of these unique groups, along with recommendations to help them incorporate this protein-packed legume into their diets.

Not all proteins are equal when it comes to their effects on our risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D). Plant proteins, including those from peanuts and peanut butter, were found to have a risk-lowering effect compared to other animal protein sources – namely red and processed meats – in a recent prospective epidemiological study from Harvard School of Public Health, supported by the US National Institutes of Health.

Peanuts and peanut butter remain popular among Canadians. Read on to see the latest market research on their consumption preferences and habits.

Marketing and merchandising during the back-to-school season is top-of-mind for office supply companies and clothing retailers. But what about grocers? Check out these top tips to help increase purchases, keep customers in store longer and provide a pleasant shopping experience.

It's long been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it's about time that lunch receives some recognition. From nuked leftovers to meals hoovered at the desk, the way Canadians do lunch is certainly lacking. But, Ipsos Reid found that 13% of all food consumed during the day is enjoyed at lunch, leaving big opportunities for us to think health and reshape how we "lunch."

Mid-way through 2016, let’s review some of the big food trends for the restaurant, foodservice and catering industries as predicted at the onset of the year. Here is what you can expect: new and exciting flavours are being gobbled up by consumers, meat is being edged off the plate by vegetables and plant-protein, plus mini indulgent desserts that are as delightful for the eye as the taste buds. Read on to find out more about the trends, plus considerations when bringing them into your mix.

Vegetarian entrées are the sixth most popular food category in Canadian foodservice, outselling Asian cuisine, and beef and pork dishes. Yet, this segment still has opportunity for growth. Read these tips to help incorporate vegetarian and vegan dishes onto your menu.

New research from Erickson shows that almost every Canadian (97%) eats peanut butter, and this number has been on the rise since 2013. As a delicious and convenient protein source, peanut butter has claimed its spot as a pantry staple with 87% of households having it on hand. Even with the widespread love of this nutty spread, research shows two distinct groups of peanut “power eaters” whose consumption habits and attitudes towards peanuts (and peanut products) are greater than the national average.

Advancements in technology, shifting consumption habits and the influence of big brands – all these have (and will continue to have) an impact on the way consumers shop. To combat the battle for consumers’ time, retailers are tailoring their in-store and online experiences to make life easier and engage with customers on a personal level.

The days of paper grocery lists and coupon booklets are in the rear-view mirror. Instead, today’s shoppers use digital flyers that have been carefully pre-selected and uniquely curated based on their needs, shopping patterns and current sales.

Between chaotic morning routines and after-work activities, it is an understatement to say that Canadians’ lives have gotten busier. With this shift, the three meals a day routine sometimes falls to the wayside. Whether for convenience or health, snacking has taken a leading role in national consumption habits, translating to big sales in the retail world.

Consumers have an appetite for new products, demanding and expecting more choices in the aisles, and praising companies that embrace innovation. Nielsen’s research finds that more than half of respondents (57%) say they purchased a new product during their last grocery-shopping trip.

Sales are up in the spread category, with consumers choosing them for convenience, versatility and taste. But what about nutrition?

As we approach March Break at elementary and secondary schools, many families will be taking flight to leave behind the cold Canadian weather for sunnier destinations. With recent media coverage around mid-flight allergic reactions and calls for nut-free zones aboard airplanes, we asked the American Peanut Council’s Health Consultant, Dr. Andrew Craig to help set the record straight.

Certified organic, gluten-free, low sugar – these aren’t just product buzzwords, they’re attributes that millennial moms are increasing looking for in the foods they serve themselves and their kids. Nine out of 10 millennial moms say they’re preparing healthy lunch boxes for their child(ren), and another 60% say their lunchbox contents are quite different from the fare they were served as a child.

It’s long been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it’s about time that lunch receives some recognition. From nuked leftovers to meals hoovered at the desk, the way Canadians do lunch is certainly lacking. But, Ipsos Reid found that 13% of all food consumed during the day is enjoyed at lunch, leaving big opportunities for us to think healthy and reshape how we “lunch.”

There is no sandwich quite as versatile and cost-effective as the peanut butter sandwich. Did you know that the first recipe for the PB&J was published in 1901? Still adored by kids and kids at heart, there are many more ways to enjoy this convenient classic. Check out these creative ways to rethink the peanut butter – or PB&J – sandwich.

In an earlier edition of In a Nutshell you read all about Canadians’ love for peanuts – but what about peanut butter? This protein-packed spread was the focus of a recent survey from Erickson Research, in collaboration with the American Peanut Council, to find out how peanut butter stacks up again other spreads and pantry staples.

Even the most health-conscious and diet-driven can struggle with temptation come the holiday season. Whether you’re hosting a fall dinner party or already have a packed social calendar for December, making smart choices can help you to eat healthy during a time of appetizers, gravy and goodies galore. Follow these quick tips to avoid holiday weight gain, while enjoying the season’s festivities.

Believe it or not, the holiday season is nearly upon us, with the celebrations starting in October and going strong through to the New Year. And, while some may have a knack for it, holiday entertaining can be anything but effortless. Being the hostess with the mostess (or host with the most) can require a hand at mulled wine-making, turkey-roasting and centerpiece-arranging. Follow these quick tips to help pull off the next holiday dinner that guests will rave about.

Peanuts are not only loved by Canadians, but these nutrition-packed dynamos are good for you, too! When it comes to nutrient density, you can’t beat peanuts – a serving is an excellent source of magnesium, manganese, niacin and Vitamin E, a good source of folate, as well as a source of fibre, iron, zinc and more.

In February, we shared a special edition of In a Nutshell all about the landmark Learning Early About Peanut Allergy (LEAP) study, which made headlines worldwide. On behalf of the National Peanut Board, one registered dietitian recently caught up with study lead Dr. Gideon Lack to discuss additional insights on the study, as well as implications and future considerations.

If you needed another reason to snack, a new study reveals a link between eating nuts or peanuts and lower mortality rates. The study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology confirms – and builds upon – earlier results from American and Asian studies on the relationships between nut or peanut intake and cardiovascular deaths. However, this is the first study to show such wide-ranging benefits, beyond heart health and weight management that we’d known about – and championed – for years.

Penny pinching, tech-savvy and last (but certainly not least) health-conscious. This is the modern consumer, as indicated by trends uncovered in Brandspark’s 2015 Shopper Study. Surveying more than 65,000 Canadians coast to coast, they learned how Canadians shop – and what they shop for.

Summer has arrived and so have our appetites! Consumers are already thinking everything outdoors – barbeques, sporting events, camping and much more. Summer is a high-traffic shopping time of year when retail customers are out to browse and buy. To be prepared for the summer rush (and heat!), check out our merchandising tips to help put some sizzle in your sales.

In a previous issue of In a Nutshell, you read about the love Canadians have for peanuts and peanut butter. Canadians enjoy peanut butter for a variety of resons such as taste, convenience and health attributes, but there's more to the story!

When it comes to sustainability, U.S. peanut farmers have dramatically improved their environmentally favourable crop production practices over the years. The result? A nutritious and delicious crop that Canadians have come to know and love.

When it comes to peanuts, the culinary possibilities for the foodservice industry are endless, especially when you consider the cost-effectiveness of this healthy nut. The versatility of peanuts and peanut products lends not only to cooking with the powerful legume, but also cooking with peanut oil (refined and aromatic roasted), peanut butter and peanut flour.

Trends to the foodservice industry are what peanut butter is to jelly – they go deliciously hand-in-hand. In March 2015, the Restaurants Canada Show welcomed foodservice professionals from across the country to Toronto’s Direct Energy Centre, and delivered insights into culinary trends and innovations that are shaping the industry.

Written by: Dr. Andrew Craig, APC Health Consultant

It’s called LEAP – Learning Early about Peanut Allergy – and it has been five long years in the making. Now this ground-breaking study has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. LEAP’s lead investigator Dr. Gideon Lack, Professor of Paediatric Allergy at King's College, University of London, presented the study’s findings simultaneously at the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology (AAAAI) meeting in Houston on February 23, 2015.

According to recent consumer market research, Canadians’ love of peanuts and peanut butter is continuing to “spread.” As the largest single-country importer of quality U.S.-grown peanuts, Canadians can’t seem to get enough. Whether it’s the taste, nutritional value or pure love of this pantry staple in homes across the country, Canadians believe in the power of peanuts.

Social media has become a preferred method of communication for many – and it’s here to stay. In fact, recent research shows that 70% of Canadians use social media and 59% use the various platforms more than once a day.

When it comes to retail marketing and merchandising, the American Peanut Council (APC), has some great tips to share to help maximize returns. Canadians love their peanuts and Canada remains the largest single country importer of quality U.S. peanuts.

Travelling for business – or pleasure – can take a toll on healthy eating habits. Factors at play are lack of sleep, high-calorie, grab-and-go restaurant meals, and hectic schedules. And, when you’re away from home, temptation is sure to set in.

Nutritious, delicious and sustainable – that’s what U.S.-grown peanuts are. Recently, the National Peanut Board, a farmer-funded national research, promotion and education check-off program, developed an insightful PowerPoint presentation that provides the retail industry with an overview of peanut growing in the US, including the types of peanut, different peanut oils, flours and nutrition information. Part of the NPB’s Perfectly Powerful Peanut campaign, the all-mighty peanut is portrayed as a nutrition powerhouse.

Recently, researchers in Australia have produced promising results that a possible cure for peanut allergies is on the way. Their research study consisted of 28 children and involved giving children with a diagnosed peanut allergy a small dose of the peanut protein along with the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus.  This particular bacteria is commonly used in yogurts, semi-hard cheeses, and pasteurized milk.

By Dr. Andrew Craig, American Peanut Council Health Consultant

Nobody in the peanut industry likes “may contain” precautionary stickers which are too often plastered all over products just in case they may be contaminated by traces of peanut protein. Peanut allergic consumers dislike them too and the evidence is that overuse is confusing, anxiety-producing and, worse, encourages disregard and risk-taking.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to cooking with peanuts and peanut butter, especially during the holiday season. As a cost-effective and healthy holiday choice, peanuts and peanut butter are staple items to have on hand. Not only a great ingredient for appetizers and main dishes, they’ll provide all the energy the party planner needs to get through holiday party and dinner preparations. 

Ramping up marketing efforts for the holiday season is essential in the retail world. While traditional marketing strategies are still valuable, many retailers have shifted their marketing efforts to social media to gain a competitive advantage. 

According to the International Food Informational Council (IFIC) 2014 Food and Health Survey, conducted in the U.S. in March and April 2014, the healthfulness of food and beverage products is increasingly important. Now, more than ever, shoppers are considering health benefits when filling up their grocery carts.

By: Dr. Andrew Craig, APC Health Consultant

More evidence has emerged that oral immunotherapy (OIT) is a very promising therapy for food allergy and for stopping peanut allergy in children in particular. A research team at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge (UK) reported recently in The Lancet on the STOP II trial of peanut OIT in 99 children with all severities of clinically-confirmed peanut allergy, aged 7-16.¹

Here’s some really good news to spread around. A large and powerful prospective epidemiology study published in the September 2013 issue of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment found that American girls consuming peanut butter, peanuts and other nuts may reduce their risks for developing benign breast disease (BBD) when they are young women in their ‘20s. Even better news is that their risks in later life of developing breast cancer may also fall significantly.

 Although the patios will be closed, sports games and playoffs keep the bars and pubs busy in the fall. While French fries and chicken wings will satisfy some customers, the more sophisticated customers will be looking for a refined, healthier menu selection that will keep them energized until the end of the season.

Whether crunchy or smooth, on a slice of toast for breakfast or in a wrap with chicken and veggies, added to a spicy Thai peanut dressing or smothered on graham crackers with marshmallows, there are so many ways peanut butter can be used to spice up your menu.

It’s not easy for busy Canadians to maintain a healthy diet with their long work hours and lack of time to cook or prepare meals at home. More and more Canadians are looking for quick and healthy dining options, and are relying on the restaurant industry to provide some guidance.

 

Peanuts have been a fan favourite for years, but do you know about their important walk through history? Today, many enjoy roasted peanuts at the ball game, a classic PB&J for lunch or even as a new beer flavour (yes, this is now a thing!), but the peanut’s vital role in Southern agricultural history dates back to the early 1900s with inventor George Washington Carver.

Peanut plants have been growing in South America since 1500 BCE. In Peru, peanuts were highly valued – so much so that the Incans of Peru used them as a sacrificial offering and entombed them with mummies to help their deceased relatives in their spirit life.

From flours and spreads or to use as a legume, peanuts can be eaten in so many different ways. While we are most familiar with peanut butter, peanut confections and just plain peanuts, other applications are just as good for you and make cooking and eating more fun and exciting. Here is a look at how the foodservice industry can incorporate peanut products to create healthy and delicious recipes for their customers.

Desserts are the most eagerly awaited course in all meals. In the restaurant industry, desserts make the last impression and can ultimately make or break your relationship with your customers. Here are a few simple but mouth-watering ideas that will get customers coming back to you for more.

Magnesium is a mineral you need every day for good health – but are you getting enough? According to Health Canada, many adults have inadequate intakes of magnesium.

The summer and back-to-school seasons are times when shoppers are looking for convenience, portability, variety, and, of course, value for their purchasing dollar. This is where the perfectly powerful peanut comes in.

What’s better than the classic taste of peanut butter? Why, new flavoured peanut butter, of course! With the recent growth of the entire peanut butter category, new peanut butter flavours have been introduced – and their popularity is spreading rapidly. Now, Canadians can enjoy tasty twists on their favourite snack: honey, banana granola, cinnamon granola raisin, cranberry and even chocolate-flavoured peanut butter for those who want to enjoy a treat.

It doesn’t matter if you like your peanuts plain, roasted, salted or flavoured with chili spices. New research shows that the health benefits of peanuts are independent of how the snack nuts might be flavoured or seasoned. Researchers at Purdue University led by Dr. Richard Mattes reported this month that seasonings/flavours on snack peanuts did not offset their nutritional benefits.

The Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS) recently released a new position statement on the dietary exposures and allergy prevention in high-risk infants.¹ Infants who are at high-risk for developing allergies are defined as usually having a first-degree relative (at least one parent or sibling) with an allergic condition such as a food allergy, atopic dermatitis or asthma.

The history of peanut butter in the Canadian diet dates back to 1884 when Montrealer Marcellus Gilmore Edson first patented modern peanut butter for peanut candy. Since then, peanuts and peanut butter have been inseparable from the Canadian diet.

With spring and summer fast-approaching, we soon will see melting snow give way to patios anxiously waiting to open up once again. Warmer weather revitalizes our lazy taste buds and rejuvenates our interest in healthy eating. This means eating more snacks and salads, and adding a little creativity to our meals.

Here’s some really good news to spread around. A large and powerful prospective epidemiology study published in September’s issue of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment found that American girls consuming peanut butter, peanuts and other nuts may reduce their risks for developing benign breast disease (BBD) when they are young women in their ‘20s. Even better news is that their risks in later life of developing breast cancer may also fall significantly.

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A nutritious protein-packed breakfast will help keep kids focused and build strong muscles and bones. As for adults, many studies have suggested the beneficial link between breakfast and moderating obesity, blood pressure, diabetes and other health problems.

According to a recent Times & Trends report titled “How America Eats: Capturing Growth with Food on the Run” released by Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), an increasing number of Americans are eating on the run. Coined “opportunists” by IRI, these eaters represent 21 per cent of Americans and eat “mini meals” throughout the day as opposed to the traditional, three-meals-a-day.

Peanuts together with some tree nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pistachios and pine nuts) have been singled out in terms of reduced overall mortality associated with frequent weekly consumption. PREDIMED (‘PREvención con DIeta MEDiterránea’) is a large, robust and long-running nutrition trial based in Spain. For this study, the investigators randomised and evaluated 7,216 men and women aged 55 to 80 years (mean age 67) who were already participating in PREDIMED into 1 of 3 interventions: Mediterranean diets supplemented with 1) nuts, or 2) olive oil, or 3) a control low fat diet).

The power of a protein punch does the body good. Including protein in your regular diet helps to stave off hunger, build immunity and strengthen heart health, just to name a few benefits. A balanced diet improves your health, and including protein in the mix is absolutely essential.

Dietitians frequently receive questions from parents on how to encourage their children to eat healthy. Parents generally know how important healthy eating is, but they face challenges incorporating this into their daily lives. To help Dietitians assist parents, Peanut Bureau of Canada developed some easy and HEALTHY tips.

You’ve heard it before. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, did you know that what you eat for breakfast can impact the rest of your day? A new study released by the British Journal of Nutrition explains that eating peanut butter or peanuts for breakfast contributes to the management of blood sugar for most of the day. Peanuts and peanut butter can help minimize hunger pangs and increase production of the hormone PYY, which is responsible for making you feel full.

Fat has traditionally been viewed as a foe to the health conscious or those looking to shed pounds. However, essential fatty acids offer a variety of benefits and are an integral part of our health. In a Q&A article published on www.menusofchange.org, Dr. Walter Willett of Harvard School of Public Health and Amy Myrdal Miller, M.S., R.D. of The Culinary Institute of America explain why it’s time to debunk the “low fat is best” myth.

The Peanut Butter for the Hungry Initiative started in 2008, by a group of peanut growers, shellers, manufacturers and industry members to help malnourished children in places where resources are limited.

PREDIMED stands for Prevención con Dieta Mediterránea, the largest and most robust study ever mounted of the health impact of the Mediterranean Diet. Based in Spanish academic centres, PREDIMED researchers reported recently that consuming a diet rich in either extra-virgin olive oil or nuts cuts by 30 per cent the chances of those at risk of experiencing heart attacks or strokes, or dying of a heart condition.

Peanuts have been used to fuel up before and after hockey games from decades. Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle is known to start his day with peanut butter, toast and coffee. In 1933, a reporter spotted Maple Leaf player John Benedict O'Flaherty eating peanuts before a hockey, earning him the nickname “Peanuts”. More recently, Ottawa Senator Darren Kramer has developed a patent pending peanut butter jar to help peanut fans get every last bit of the gooey goodness.

You would think from the media coverage it gets and the emphasis some nutritional policy makers put on it, that salt was a first cousin of plutonium: dangerous in even small quantities and so best avoided by anyone who wants to stay healthy. That would be wrong on several counts, as the latest evidence review from the US Institute of Medicine points out. It concludes, not surprisingly, that many people still consume too much salt in their diets (especially from processed meats, baked goods, “ready meals” and take-away foods), but it does not cast salt as a villain to be shunned.

It was once thought that consuming three meals a day was a healthy way of managing weight and nutrient intake – snacking between meals was to be avoided. Today, experts encourage snacking between consuming smaller meals, provided the snack is nutritious.

From weight management, to healthy snacking, to disease control, it’s been said that diet plays a major role in keeping us healthy. And, did you know that peanut butter can play a helpful role in managing diet?

Summer is a time when “fresh, premium quality, convenient and flavourful” appetites dominate the thoughts of many. It’s all about being outdoors as much as possible, including cooking outdoors. Summer is also a time when traditional “three square” winter meals give way to smaller meals and, likely, more frequent snacking post breakfast to enjoy Canada’s all too brief summer.

According to the Canadian Obesity Network, one in four Canadian adults and one in 10 Canadian children are clinically obese. This means that six million Canadians are currently living with obesity. As a leading cause of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and cancer, obesity can have a significant impact on daily life with family, work colleagues and health care practitioners.

It’s long been said that Canadians have a love affair with peanuts and peanut butter, and 2012 was no exception. According to recent research completed by Leger Marketing, peanut consumption in Canada remains high, pointing towards the popularity of peanut products in Canadian homes. In fact, not only does the research indicate high consumption rates, it paints a picture of tradition and comfort that peanut products provide. Consider these statistics the next time you need to make a healthy food choice recommendation to a client.

Can a little exposure to peanuts lessen severe reactions in allergy sufferers? While this has been a long-debated question, it may soon be answered thanks to studies being conducted by Canadian and U.S. doctors. The ultimate result? To train the immune system of a child who lives with allergies to develop a higher tolerance for peanuts.

Each year, food experts compile a list of food trends they believe will take foodservice audiences by storm. The experts weigh what’s in, what’s out, and most of all, what’s coming up next. Will we eat more Asian or Latin American-influenced food? What impact will the economy and our time-crunched lives have on what we eat?

Did you know that Canada has a peanut butter claim to fame? Marcellus Gilmore Edson of Montreal was the first person to patent modern peanut butter for peanut candy. Issued in 1884 by the United States government, Edson patented the finished product in the process of milling roasted peanuts. His patent is based on the preparation of a peanut paste as an intermediate to the production of the modern product we know as peanut butter.

Whether you’re a health nut or just looking to improve your eating habits, peanuts are a great food choice to incorporate into a diet, particularly for your heart. Plain nuts and peanut butter can help to manage hunger and are increasingly believed to boost heart health. With conditions like heart disease, obesity and diabetes becoming more prominent, Canadians are looking for healthy meal options at home and when eating out. A recent article from The Telegraph titled “Go nuts for nuts,” examined the health benefits of various nuts including peanuts.

The food service industry is always aware of the ingredients in any prepared meal to minimize the risk of exposing customers to food allergens, but could a little exposure to peanuts lessen a severe reaction in those who live with allergies? While this has been a long-debated question, it may soon be answered thanks to studies being conducted by Canadian and U.S. doctors. The ultimate result? Train a child’s immune system to develop a higher tolerance for peanuts.

Just in from the Peanut Institute is a health announcement that is sure to set hearts a-flutter: oil roasted salted peanuts have been certified by the American Heart Association (AHA) as heart-healthy. As part of an overall healthy eating program, the Heart Check mark may now appear on packages of oil roasted peanuts. Visit the health and nutrition section of the Peanut Institute’s website for the complete announcement.

In recent articles from The Windsor Star and Glow Magazine, nuts were highlighted as arguably the healthiest snack in your pantry. Why not put this knowledge to use as you make good on your New Year’s weight loss resolution?

After another successful year, the results are in and it’s no surprise that Canadians love their peanuts and peanut butter. According to recent research completed by Leger Marketing, peanut consumption in Canada remains high, indicating the peanut products are a staple in Canadian homes.

There’s no doubt that peanuts and peanut butter are adored by many Canadians. In fact, research indicates that peanut products are so popular that nine in 10 Canadians reported having peanuts and/or peanut butter in their homes. With many health benefits, lots of flavour and endless cooking possibilities, what’s not to love?

As one of Canada’s most beloved snacks, peanuts and peanut butter continue to show their nutritional powerhouse benefits. As pointed out in a recent article from The Sydney Morning Herald, they deserve some serious health credit.

As we enter into primetime snacking season, there’s nothing better than a handful of crunchy, tasty and healthy peanuts that are sure to win over your guests. And, as good as nuts are, they’ve moved beyond the cocktail crowd.

There’s no question a mother would go to great lengths to ensure her child does not develop allergies. But, imagine if a mother could consume particular foods to help lessen the chance her child would develop allergies. A recent study is trying to prove just this.

Peanut butter is delicious in cookies and on sandwiches, but its uses go beyond the kitchen. The tasty mixture of roasted nuts can do everything from removing grime to preserving garden tools. Discover the most unexpected uses for PB now!

It’s not often that two stories with peanut implications come along that appeal to both culinary and neurological interests. But the practical implication from two recent U.S. studies is just that: to be good to your salads (absorb more vitamins from salad vegetables) and your brains (safeguard cognitive health in older adults) use more monounsaturated oils. The good news is that peanut oil for salads and peanuts for everyday eating fit the bill perfectly.

We all know peanuts are one of the healthiest and most cost-effective snack options available. What you might not know is the extent to which peanuts are researched and studied. As one of the most popular snacking items worldwide, much attention is paid to learning more about what consumers desire in a quality snack item.

When it comes to nutrition, the healthiest oils to cook with are those rich in monounsaturated fat. Known as the “good for you fats”, monounsaturated fats are heart-healthy fatty acids that help keep cholesterol levels in check, and can be found in peanut, canola, olive, avocado and almond oils. Today’s health-savvy patrons will continue to seek out healthy menu choices, so why not proactively provide them with options?

Are you involved in growing, producing or providing services for the peanut industry? If so, the best thing you can do for your company is to become a member of the American Peanut Council (APC).

A few peanuts a day could keep the doctor away, says a recent study from the University of Alberta. The study indicates that supplementation with high doses of resveratrol – the polyphenol found in modest amounts in peanuts, grapes and some red wines – can improve the metabolic health of obese men. These findings, featured in the May 2012 edition of Journal of Physiology, contribute to the idea that consuming this supplement could provide beneficial effects in the body and as a therapeutic intervention.

We all know peanuts are one of the healthiest and most cost-effective snack options available. What you might not know is the extent to which peanuts are researched and studied. As one of the most popular snacking items worldwide, much attention is paid to learning more about what retailers and consumers want in a quality snack item.

It’s that time of year again when kids pack away their swimming trunks and haul out their backpacks. With this comes back-to-school shopping for school supplies, lunches and afternoon snacks. What better time to capitalize on the year’s second highest retail sales time than now?

Vitamins and minerals are essential to one’s health, but navigating which ones provide what benefits can be difficult to do. Statistics show that magnesium is a necessary vitamin for cardiovascular health and especially helps to keep the occurrence of a stroke at bay. If you are concerned with taking care of your ticker, consider eating more nuts and nut butters to get your daily dose of protein and magnesium.

It’s safe to say that peanut butter is the best thing since sliced bread, or should we say, the thing that goes best with sliced bread. Peanut butter can be added to many recipes and makes for a healthy snack at a fraction of the cost of other processed foods. But, many are not aware of the possibilities of peanut butter – they’re endless and underused. While the classic PB&J is great, use your imagination next time you’re in the kitchen.

We all know that peanut butter has long been a favourite in Canadian households, but did you know that peanut butter has some pretty interesting uses other than the peanutty eats we know and love?

Who could have predicted last year's perfect peanut storm! In 2011, the combination of reduced peanut acreage, coupled with severe drought and high heat experienced by many U.S. peanut-producing states (especially in Texas), resulted in lower-than-normal yields and ultimately today's significantly tightened availability. In 2012, it's anticipated that more acreage may be devoted to high-value U.S. peanuts versus other row crops such as corn, cotton and sorghum in peanut-producing states. In a recent report by the United States Department of Agriculture, it is prospected that due to the higher demand for peanuts, peanut growers intend to increase their peanut planting by 25 per cent in 2012.

The 2012 International Peanut Forum (IPF) will be held at the Krasnapolsky Hotel, Amsterdam, April 11-13. The program will include sessions on sustainability; EU regulations affecting peanut trade; the latest on nutrition research; product innovation; and the all-important supply and demand panel discussions.

Peanut butter smothered on apples. What snack could taste better and provide the same nutritious kick? This snack combines two staples in the homes of many Canadians and will keep you satisfied and full longer than other snack foods.

Simply put, nuts are good for you. Whether it’s the heart-health benefits, improving cholesterol or losing weight, nuts seem to be everywhere lately. And, not only are nuts healthy, but they also can aid with weight loss – just in time for the holiday season.

The holiday season is knocking at your door and it’s time for another feast (and you’re probably thinking “we just finished Thanksgiving!”). Traditional holiday dinners are typically filled with all the fixings: turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes and a host of other delicious eats. But, have you ever felt sluggish after over-indulging? Many of us do. Eating healthier – and in moderation – and exercising more during the holidays will do wonders for your overall health. Maybe it’s time to take charge and check your own nutrition condition to see if you could be making better food choices and get back on track.

With the holiday season fast approaching, now is a great time for parents to encourage healthy eating habits for children – and themselves. In a season often dominated by decadent meals and snacks, it’s important for parents to model healthy eating to keep the entire family on track.

Peanuts and peanut butter deliver what’s best in vitamins and essential minerals. And, the fact their fat content is overwhelmingly of the “good” variety – monounsaturated and polyunsaturated – makes peanuts an ideal part of a healthy diet. In fact, of the fat in peanuts, 85 per cent is the types of fat we need for heart health and cholesterol control. However, all Canadians may not be aware of this important distinction.

Packed with protein, fibre and essential vitamins and minerals, peanuts and peanut butter are part of a healthy diet. They can be a flavourful meat alternative in meals, and as a snack will keep you satisfied and full longer than other foods.

It’s got a cutesy name — or a dirty one, depending on where your mind is — that serves a very serious purpose. Plumpy’nut is a packet of goo that has become critical in helping groups such as UNICEF Canada treat severely malnourished children. This fall, the United Nations warned that 750,000 people could die in East Africa’s worst drought in 60 years. More than 70,000 have died already, more than half of those children. “It’s a game-changer,” said Paul Molinaro, senior manager at UNICEF supply division in Denmark.

On September 22 to 24, 2011, the American Peanut Council hosted Canadian editors from magazines such as Canadian Family, Homemakers, Canadian Living, Food in Canada and Western Grocer, along with some of Canada’s leading registered dietitians, on a tour to learn about the southern livelihood of peanut harvesting, shelling and research. There were many highlights of the tour, which featured stops in Fitzgerald, Blakely, Dawson, Americus and Plains, Georgia, home of former U.S. President, Jimmy Carter.

Do you sometimes eat even when you’re not hungry? If you do, you’re like many North Americans whose snacking habits are starting to creep up on them, especially high-calorie and heavily-salted snacks.

There’s almost no limit to the culinary possibilities of peanuts and peanut butter, as new and innovative products made from USA-grown peanuts are extending the possibilities for foodservice professionals.

Allergy awareness in school and restaurant settings is a large part of food preparation. With many hands working in a fast-paced and demanding environment, you can never be too cautious when it comes to foodservice.

It’s hard to believe, but fall is here and winter isn’t too far off. So how do you plan to cope with all the hustle and bustle? One thing you can do is stock up on peanuts to include in your day and have on hand when guests come over for the big game or festive celebrations.

Peanut butter sure has come a long way from the days when it was simply part of PB&J sandwich. Science continues to show that it provides a multitude of health benefits. But when you're eating your favourite peanut butter, should you have to wonder just what it is that you're eating and whether you're reaping all the benefits? If you live in Canada, you might have to.

The start of a new school year is a good time for parents to encourage healthy eating habits for children – and themselves. It’s important for parents to model healthy eating, especially when it comes to school lunches and snacks.

The peanut patch is a patch that is applied to the skin like a Band-Aid. Similar to the nicotine patch, the peanut patch releases trace amounts of protein found in peanuts and exposes patients to minute doses of an doses of an allergen to help them develop a tolerance.

Adding regional flavours to everyday cooking is a great way to quite literally, spice things up and peanuts and peanut products can be nutritious additions to southern-inspired meals.

People in the habit of buying lunches and snacks at work may be tempted by less nutritious choices that can take a bite out of their wallets. On behalf of the Peanut Bureau of Canada, registered dietitian Sue Mah offers tips and recipes that can help employees eat well and save dollars during the work day.

To help Canadians through the busy holiday season, the Peanut Bureau of Canada has developed three delicious and budget-friendly recipes – Chocolate Peanut Crackle Clusters, Peanut Blast Squares and Peanut Toffee Pie – that will keep family and friends coming back for more.

Toronto ON, May 11, 2009 – To kick off barbecue season, the Peanut Bureau of Canada has developed three ‘nutty and saucy’ recipes – Peanut Hoisin Barbecue Sauce, Mango Peanut Salsa and Thai Peanut Marinade – that will make warm-weather menus sizzle with flavour. Plus, the Bureau is offering simple barbecue party planning tips, so outdoor entertaining is a breeze.

The search for that one holiday gift sure to put a smile on everyone’s face this holiday season has officially begun. And while it can be tempting to give in to quick-fix solutions such as gift cards or wrapping up yet another pair of socks, the Peanut Bureau of Canada suggests taking a more personal and thoughtful approach to gift-giving with homemade gifts from the kitchen.

Whether planning to take a day trip to the local park or embark upon a cross-country family vacation, Canadians are getting ready to hit the trails this summer. For many, being away from home often creates challenges when it comes to eating healthily while on-the-go. The solution? Ensure that you are prepared with snacks that not only tempt the taste buds but also fuel the body for summertime adventures.

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    The peanut contains more protein than any other nut.
  • peanut-butter-jar
    Peanut butter was invented around 1890 as a health food for the undernourished.
  • peanut
    The peanut is also called the earthnut, groundnut and goober pea.
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    Peanuts are 100 per cent cholesterol-free and contain oleic acid, a heart-healthy source of unsaturated fat.

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