March is National Peanut Month, a time to celebrate one of America’s favorite foods! National Peanut Month had its beginnings as National Peanut Week in 1941, then expanded to a month-long celebration in 1974.
Coincidentally, March is also National Nutrition Month, making this an ideal time to recognize the nutritional value of peanuts. Peanuts are a cholesterol-free source of protein, magnesium, vitamin E, and an array of other heart-friendly nutrients. What’s more, peanuts rival the antioxidant content of many vegetables & fruits. And they’re a good source of folate, which reduces the risk of certain birth defects in the brain & spinal cord.
For even more scoop on this lovable legume, including recipes, allergy facts, and nutritional info, you can visit the website of the National Peanut Board, a research and advocacy committee that works on behalf of the 25,000 USA peanut farmers, or Planter’s NutNutrition.com site.