Five Myths About Peanuts
As one of our most beloved snacks, peanuts have been the talk of the town since they became an American staple. The passion for peanuts has been passed down from one generation to the next. However, all that talk can sometimes result in the spreading of misinformation. Inaccuracies about peanuts range drastically, from the nature of their growth to their nutritional value. Sometimes, the delicious peanut is subject to unwarranted scrutiny due to these myths.
We love peanuts and have plenty of fond memories with them, but some facts about them may get skewed from time to time. So, allow us to set the record straight — below, we debunk some common untruths about peanuts!
Myth #1: Peanuts Are Nuts
Sorry to break it to you this way, but your favorite “nut” is actually not a nut! Peanuts are botanically legumes belonging to the same plant family as beans and peas. Plants in the Leguminosae family share an edible seed covered by a hard shell. Peanuts are still nuts nutritionally and culinarily. Yet, unlike other nuts, peanuts do not grow on trees.
Myth #2: Peanuts Are Unhealthy Because of Their Fat Content
Peanuts are one of the best snacks on the market for various reasons. From being absolutely scrumptious to helping people stay healthy, a peanut can form part of a balanced diet. What may deter people from consuming peanuts is their fat content. However, peanuts are full of necessary unsaturated fats. In fact, the consumption of peanuts can be linked to a decreased risk of heart disease.
Myth #3: Modern Peanuts Are Genetically Modified
There’s actually no such thing as a GMO peanut. With so many GMOs affecting the food market, there’s no wonder why people may be skeptical about the integrity of the peanut. Although it is common for scientists to use genetic modification practices to give plants desirable traits, peanuts remain unaffected by genetic modification. The peanuts we eat today are 99.96% identical to the ancient peanut plant.
Myth #4: Peanuts Have Mold
Peanut farmers take great care of their crops to ensure they meet the high standards of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). These measures include strict expectations to avoid the presence of aflatoxin, a byproduct of mold that affects many crops. Thanks to high-quality cleaning, shelling, sorting and blanching processes, the presence of aflatoxin in peanut food supplies is improbable.
Myth #5: Peanut Butter is Full of Additives
If you think something so creamy and delectable cannot be good for you, think again! Peanut butter is a great vegan source of protein and unsaturated fats. Peanut butter provides many health benefits, from reduced risk of heart disease to improved cholesterol levels. Hampton Farm’s nut butters are cholesterol and gluten-free, packed with 7 grams of protein per serving and over 30 nutrients.
With these nutty myths dispelled, you can feel good about enjoying Hampton Farms peanuts as often as you like!
Hampton Farms has been the leading supplier of the freshest, best quality peanuts from seed to shelf since 1917. Our business is family-owned and operated, and we are committed to producing the finest nut-based snacks and services with integrity, honesty and the pride of American farmers. If you're looking for a locally grown, nutritious and delicious snack, purchase some Hampton Farms nuts today!