As a HUGE proponent of peanuts, I'd like to think I have. By the way, Happy National Peanut Day! I'm allergic to nuts, but thank goodness I can still eat peanuts. Well, that's beaucse they're actually legumes. But that's beside the point. In honor of one of my favorite snacks, I paid a little visit to the National Peanut Board's "Fun Facts" and found some great reasons to love peanuts:
1. If you haven't reached 1,500 pb&j's, you've got your work cut out for you... The average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandos by the time he or she graduates high school.
2. Candy bars love em' Four of the top ten candy bars manufactured in the USA have peanuts or peanut butter in them!
3. They really reel in the big bucks Peanuts contribute more than $4 billion to the US economy each year.
4. Tried and true, loved by the average joe The average American consumes more than six pounds of peanut butter products each year.
5. Peanuts go the distance The amount of peanut butter eaten in a year could wrap the earth in a ribbon of 18-ounce peanut butter jars one and one-third times.
6. Three words: Girl Scout Cookies! It takes 230,000 pounds of peanut butter per week to bake Do-si-dos and Tagalongs.
7. They've got a lil' something for everyone Women and children prefer creamy peanut butter, while men like the chunky stuff. (I'm an exception. I much prefer the chunky!).
8. They've named six cities after these things! (awfully popular) Peanut, CA; Lower Peanut, PA; Upper Peanut; Peanut, PA; Peanut, TN; and Peanut, WV
9. Coast to Coast Lovin' East-coasters prefer creamy, while folks on the West Coast prefer the chunky kind.
10. They can be serious, too Rumor has it that there's enough stimulation in one peanut to produce 30 minutes of serious thinking.
I've got a lot to thank peanuts for: helping me with a snack craving whether I'm in a creamy of crunchy mood, for making Girl Scout cookies possible and givin' us a little culture.