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News In a Nutshell | March 30, 2021

Peanut Allergy in U.S. Adults: On the rise?

Sherry Coleman Collins, MS, RDN, LD

In February, a new study was published showing a significant rise in the numbers of adults with peanut allergy in the U.S. This study, based on a phone and web survey of 40,443 adults in the U.S., was conducted between 2015 and 2016. According to the researchers, self-reported peanut allergy among U.S. adults is now as high as 2.9%. However, when responses were further reviewed, 1.8% were considered “convincing peanut allergy”, a designation given when the reported symptoms were consistent with an IgE mediated reaction. In addition, 17% of these respondents indicated that they developed their allergy in adulthood. Although the number of those reporting peanut allergy is small, compared to the vast majority of respondents who did not report a food allergy, it represents more than a doubling since the NIAID Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States was released in 2010 and said the prevalence was 0.6%. Another study, published in 2012, cited the prevalence of peanut allergies around 1.3%.


So, what’s going on? Find out here.


NPB Hosts Free Grower & Industry 

Media Training

The National Peanut Board (NPB) hosted a free media training and refresher webinar in February that focused on teaching growers and industry leaders key talking points and how to answer tough questions. The educational session was open to all U.S. peanut growers with all levels of media experience. During the session, NPB and agency partner Golin covered both common and tough questions (such as allergies, aflatoxin, profits, etc.) that media may potentially ask in an interview.


The event included small-group practice sessions with our grower coaches, Dan Ward of North Carolina, Casey Cox of Georgia and Peter Froese Jr. of Texas. These media-savvy coaches provided tips and firsthand experience to attendees.


NPB also provided a takeaway sheet that featured various key messages and resources like sustainability, nutrition, early introduction to prevent peanut allergies, aflatoxin, chemicals and more. The video presentation can be found on YouTube at  the takeaway sheet can be found at


How Peanuts Can Help Athletes Level Up Their Performance

By: Stevie Smith MS, RDN, CSSD, CDN

It’s no secret that an athlete's approach to nutrition can help enhance their athletic performance, post-workout recovery, and overall health. While each individual will have different nutrition needs, having a balanced diet that provides adequate energy, macronutrients, and micronutrients should be prioritized to support their activity.


Peanuts have more than 30 vitamins and minerals, 7 grams of protein per ounce, more than any other nut, for lasting energy, and contain good fats which is important for heart health. Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, including peanuts, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. Peanuts and peanut butter are excellent choices for athletes to include to fuel their active lifestyle. Just simply adding a scoop or two of peanut butter to my oatmeal every morning not only helps me meet my nutrition needs as an athlete, business owner and dog mom-- it's a tasty and satisfying way to start my busy days.


To read more, click here.


March is National Peanut Month and the National Peanut Board wanted to recap how peanuts were the hero of 2020. Every American consumed an average of 7.6 pounds of all-time high! Of the 7.6 pounds of peanuts, 56% were peanut butter, 20% were peanut snacks, 17% were peanut candy, 6% were in-shell peanuts and 3% were other peanut products. According to a report by J.M. Smucker Co., “In the 52 weeks ending Nov. 1, 2020, peanut butter category consumption was up 7.1%.”


So, what goes into making the beloved jar of peanut butter? By law, any product labeled “peanut butter” in the U.S. must be at least 90% peanuts. Starting at the farm, there are enough peanuts in one acre to make 35,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Now, moving to beyond the field, on average, it takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar and 850 peanuts to make an 18-oz jar of peanut butter. In fact, peanut butter is the leading use of peanuts in the U.S.  Peanuts are also healthy. They have the most protein of any other nut with 7g per serving. Peanuts also contain more than 30 essential vitamins and minerals. Peanut butter is also a great value at 3 cents per gram of protein. With peanuts tasting delicious while also being a nutritious option, we at NPB understand why peanuts are so popular.


The average adult eats a PB&J three times a month and will eat almost 3,000 PB&Js in their lifetime. However, there is a difference on how much peanut butter you consume based on where you live. The average European eats less than 1 tbsp of peanut butter in a year, while Americans eat 3 lbs. of peanut butter per person every year. That is enough peanut butter to coat the floor of the Grand Canyon. Peanuts have even been eaten in space, with astronaut Alan Shepherd, bringing a peanut on the International Space Station.


No matter where you eat it, one thing remains the same. People love peanuts and peanut butter. Happy National Peanut Month from your friends at the National Peanut Board.


Fuel Your Body and Your Taste Buds with Peanuts

By: Taylor Walker, @taylorwalkerfit

Peanut, peanut butter and JELLY! That is literally one of our favorite silly songs these days. I mean, who doesn’t love a good PB&J? With so many nut-based options for snacking, baking and beyond, I wanted to share a bit more information on the classic Peanut and why they are a mainstay in our pantry as both a mama and fitness professional.


First and foremost, peanuts contain the highest amount of protein of all nuts.


Peanuts contain 7g per serving, more than 30 essential vitamins and minerals, and are a good source of fiber and a source of good fats. (Click here for the full list.)


Yes, some people worry about the fat in peanuts, but most of the fat is good fat – 12 grams of the 14 grams total fat are unsaturated – the kind that we should eat more often.  Just like anything else, moderation is key. Get to know what a portion of whole peanuts and/or peanut butter looks like and this will not only help you to incorporate them into your diet, but it will help you to stay on track and even reach your fitness goals.


To read more, click here.


Created by Andrea Aliseda

If you’re looking for a dip to wow friends and family with its spicy-sweet flavor, then look no further. This curried peanut dip is loose and pourable when warm but thickens once it is fully chilled. Try it with leftover roast or rotisserie chicken, eggs, cucumber spears or roasted sweet potatoes for a desk-friendly lunch.


If you would like more easy school lunch ideas, check out this article by Bon Appétit which features 71 easy school lunch ideas, including the curried peanut dip.


National Peanut Board Calendar for  

Mar. 30 -Apr. 30, 2021

Global Plant Forward Culinary Summit (Virtual)

Mar. 30-Apr. 1
MS Peanut Growers Meeting (Hattiesburg, MS)Mar. 31 

Canadian PMA Fresh Week (Virtual)

 Apr. 12-16
NPB Board Meeting (Hybrid)Apr. 13-14

International Peanut Forum (Virtual)

Apr. 28-30

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