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15 Things You Didn't Know About Peanut Butter

Can you guess if America prefers crunchy or creamy?

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1. Peanut butter was considered a delicacy in the early 1900s.

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Peanut butter with watercress and peanut butter pimento sandwiches were popular in upscale teahouses.

2. Sales numbers have shown that people who live on the East Coast prefer smooth, while people on the West Coast prefer their peanut butter crunchy.

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3. Of all the peanut butter sold in the U.S. though, 80% is smooth, while only 17% is crunchy.

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The other 3% accounts for all of those whacky peanut butter varieties, like chocolate peanut butter, and peanut butter mixed with jelly.

4. To make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter, you need 540 peanuts.

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That's a heck of a lot of nuts.

5. When peanut butter was first made, it used different, more flavorful peanuts.

According to Jon Krampner, author of Creamy and Crunchy: An Informal History of Peanut Butter, before the 1960s, the peanuts used were Spanish and Virginia varieties, which were more flavorful. The peanuts used today are called "runners," and they're used because they're cheaper and easier to mass produce.
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According to Jon Krampner, author of Creamy and Crunchy: An Informal History of Peanut Butter, before the 1960s, the peanuts used were Spanish and Virginia varieties, which were more flavorful. The peanuts used today are called "runners," and they're used because they're cheaper and easier to mass produce.

6. Eat up! Studies have shown that peanut butter can lower cholesterol, prevent type 2 diabetes, and aid in weight loss.

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::: runs to cupboard :::

7. And a Harvard Medical School study showed that regularly eating peanut butter can improve your breast health. (Huzzah!)

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The study showed that girls between 9 and 15 who ate more peanut butter were 39% less likely to develop benign breast disease by age 30. And benign breast disease often develops into breast cancer.

8. According to the National Peanut Board, men prefer crunchy while women prefer smooth.

9. In order to eat a peanut butter sandwich in space, you have to eat it on a tortilla.

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield showed us that the peanut butter is squeezed onto the tortilla — which doesn't create crumbs that could float into the zero gravity environment, like traditional bread would do.

10. The world record for peanut butter and jelly sandwich eating is six in one minute.

The hero's name is Patrick Bertoletti, and he hails from Illinois.
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The hero's name is Patrick Bertoletti, and he hails from Illinois.

11. REJOICE, because most peanut butter is vegan and gluten-free.

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You're helping the environment while you eat. #trulyblessed

12. In small amounts, peanut butter is actually good for your pooch.

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So long as it's natural and low in sugar, peanut butter is packed with B vitamins, which can help improve their immune systems.

13. The largest peanut butter cups that Reese's makes are each a half pound, and come in a one pound package.

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Tastiest gift ever.

14. But the largest peanut butter cup of all time weighed in at 230 pounds.

It was made in Vermont by The Village Chocolate Shoppe, and held 159.7 pounds of peanut butter.
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It was made in Vermont by The Village Chocolate Shoppe, and held 159.7 pounds of peanut butter.

15. And MOST IMPORTANTLY, Reese's is pronounced "REES-IS" and not "REE-SEES."

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It's true! H.B. Reese named the candy after himself, and to pronounce it as "REE-SEES" is just not being true to his name.

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