Dietitians sometimes get a bad rap as the food police. You might think that this crowd only eats peanuts as dry roasted, unsalted nuts. Well, prepare to be amazed! Most RDNs believe healthy eating doesn’t require eliminating fat and salt or denying yourself dessert, and should be about satisfying all of your needs – mental, physical and emotional.
While the U.S. population still gets most of their protein from animal sources (meat, poultry and eggs), there is no doubt that plant-based eating is a growing trend in our country. And plant-based protein sources, including peanuts and peanut butter, lentils, beans, seeds and soy products are becoming more popular, and for good reason.
Peanuts and peanut foods bring together the three most important decision factors for everyone to make better food choices – nutrition, cost, and most importantly taste. However, there are myths out there that can bring on skepticism and lead people to think that they should sacrifice their favorite peanut foods for other foods that they mistakenly think are more nutritious. We’re here to provide clarification to some of the myths out there.
Strokes cause one out of every 20 deaths in America. And in an analysis of 20 studies, grabbing a daily handful of peanuts was associated with a decreased stroke risk.
More than 98 percent of school-age children can enjoy peanuts without any issue and food allergies can be safely managed in schools while still making them available to non-allergic students.
ATLANTA (Dec. 5, 2016) – A wide-ranging report, Finding a Path to Safety in Food Allergy: Assessment of the Global Burden, Causes, Prevention, Management, and Public Policy; issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Nov. 30, calls for more accurate prevalence statistics, education and training, access to treatment and increased understanding of and approaches to food allergies.
It was all things HOLIDAY PREP during the most recent National Peanut Board Twitter Chat as NPB’s registered dietitian Sherry Coleman Collins and yours truly took to tweeting about the holiday season.
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.
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.
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