Peanut Butter

peanut butter

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Peanut butter is a food paste made primarily from ground dry roasted peanut and is popular in North America, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Australia and parts of Asia, particularly the Philippines and Indonesia (Wikipedia, nd).

Allergy Alert:

Peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies. Peanuts can cause a severe, potentially fatal, allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). Therefore it is advised that people with peanut allergy have quick access to an epinephrine auto-injector (such as an EpiPen®, Auvi-Q® or Adrenaclick®) at all times. To prevent a reaction, strict avoidance of peanut and peanut products is essential. Always read ingredient labels to identify peanut ingredients. Peanut allergies tend to be lifelong, although studies indicate that approximately 20 percent of children with peanut allergy do eventually outgrow their allergy (Food Allergy Research & Education, nd).

Common Uses:

Peanut butter can be used in a variety of ways, but it is used mainly as a paste put on different products to enhance the taste.

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per 2 tbsp (32 g)
Calories 188
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16 g 24%
Saturated fat 3.3 g 16%
Polyunsaturated fat 4.4 g
Monounsaturated fat 8 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 5 mg 0%
Potassium 208 mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 6 g 2%
Dietary fiber 1.9 g 7%
Sugar 3 g
Protein 8 g 16%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% Iron 3%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 10%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 12%

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