Health Professionals

At the National Peanut Board, we’re committed to building relationships with dietitian networks and the medical community while fueling talk about the nutritional benefits of peanuts. Here you can learn more about the role peanuts play in the nutrition and well-being of people all across America.

It’s Simple: Peanuts Are Healthy

We all know, pretty much, what healthy means, right? Per the dictionary, something is healthy if it is “indicative of, conducive to, or promoting good health”. The great thing about a term like this is its simplicity. If we all have the same basic definition for healthy, we can easily decide what foods we should eat more often and what foods we should only eat on occasion. The word healthy is helpful when making food choices. 

The Woman Behind the Handle: @PeanutRD

Sherry Coleman Collins, MS, RDN, LD, has been the brains and personality behind the Twitter handle @PeanutRD since 2012, boasting the reasons to enjoy peanuts and peanut butter, from their outstanding nutritional benefits to their delicious taste and culinary versatility—with indulgences along the way. 

Plant-Based Protein: What’s All the Hype About?

Plant-based proteins are all the rage in food today – and with good reason.  Protein from plants generally comes along in package replete with micronutrients and fiber that can help boost the overall nutrition of any meal.  Peanuts are the perfect example of a delicious way to choose plant-based protein as part of nutritious meal planning.

Why You Shouldn’t be Scared of Oil in Your Peanut Butter

We’re all looking at ingredient labels more closely, and some consumers are concerned when they see oil listed on a peanut butter ingredient label. A label may say partially or fully hydrogenated oil, or palm oil or palm fruit oil.

Here we breakdown what each of these oils are and the affect they have on peanut butter and our health. 

Mythbusters: Peanuts and Aflatoxin

Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring byproduct of mold that affects many crops. However, rigorous food safety measures mean the risk of a consumer being exposed to aflatoxin in American peanut products is very low indeed. According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA): To date, there has never been a human illness outbreak caused by aflatoxins in the US, where foods are carefully regulated and inspected to prevent such an occurrence.[1]  

5 Peanut Nutrition Myths Busted for National Registered Dietitian Day

It’s a great day to address some of the most common myths I hear about peanuts. Not only is it National Peanut Month and National Nutrition Month, it’s also National Registered Dietitian Nutritionists Day. We RDNs work hard all the time to help people learn to change their habits and choose healthy habits.

We’re Going Nuts over the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The newly released 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans emphasize nuts and legumes, like peanuts, as part of a healthy eating pattern.

Mythbusters: The Scoop on Peanuts and Omega-6 Fatty Acids

Many people are confused about fat. They don’t know if they should avoid or eat fat, what kind are good or bad, how much they should or shouldn’t eat. While it may seem like recommendations are frequently changing, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans serves as a consistent and reliable source of information. The short answer is that you don’t need to be afraid of fat. Some fat in your diet is essential and it is important to keep calories within the recommended levels to achieve healthy weight.

Dietitians Get a Taste of Peanut Harvest

When the seasons change to autumn, peanut farmers go into high gear. The Fall is harvest season and this year several registered dietitian nutritionists had an opportunity to visit a farm and witness the annual peanut harvest first hand.

RDNs and Peanuts Go Together Like PB&J

Earlier this month, I joined more than 8,000 food and nutrition professionals in Nashville to attend the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ 2015 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE). This event presents a great opportunity to hear from industry experts, learn about new trends, network, and share best practices.

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