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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Peanuts 101 - the Basics
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1 - Overview
2 - Brief History
3 - General Information
4 - Planting
5 - Growth
6 - Irrigation
7 - Fungi (Molds)
8 - Harvest and Drying (Curing)
9 - Grading and Testing
10 - Marketing
11 - Health and Nutrition
12 - Other Uses of Peanuts
Health and Nutrition
  • Peanuts contain approximately 21 - 36% protein (Peanuts)
  • Peanuts are naturally cholesterol-free
  • Peanuts and peanut butter are more inexpensive than other sources of protein, such as, meats and cheeses
  • Peanuts and peanut butter are good sources of many essential vitamins and minerals
  • Peanuts and peanut butter are a good source of folic acid
  • 2-3 servings of peanuts can help reduce LDL cholesterol and risk of cardiovascular disease
    (http://www.peanut-institute.org/11-22-99_GoodFatPeanut_PR.html)
  • Peanuts can also inhibit growth of certain cancers
    (http://www.peanut-institute.org/4-19-99_Phytosterol_PR.html)
  • Eating peanuts can curb hunger and can help control weight gain
    (International Journal of Obesity per The Peanut Institute, Pat Kearney or Kristen Elliott, 703.841.1600)


For information on peanut allergies, check out the American Peanut Council web site.

For more health and nutritional information, visit American Peanut Council, The Peanut Institute, and National Peanut Board web sites.

  

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Last Modified: 1/22/2009
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