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Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a food paste made primarily from ground roasted peanuts, with or without added oil. It is popular throughout the world and is also manufactured in some emerging markets. Its primary use is as a sandwich spread.

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Penaut Butter - Alan's FUN Food Trivia powered by ABE1. Similar peanut pastes are unpopular in various cultures. True or False?

2. Peanuts, which are native to the New World tropics, who mashed them into paste hundreds of years ago? Who made the peanut paste?

3. Evidence of modern peanut butter comes from US patent #306727 issued in 1884, for a process of milling roasted peanuts between heated surfaces until the peanuts reached "a fluid or semi-fluid state." As the product cooled, it set into what he described as "a consistency like that of butter, lard, or ointment." Who got the patent?

4. In 1890, who was the owner of a food business in St. Louis, manufactured peanut butter and sold it from barrels.

5. J.H. Kellogg, of cereal fame, secured US patent in 1897 for his "Process of Preparing Nutmeal," which produced a "pasty adhesive substance" that Kellogg called "nut-butter." What was the U.S. patent number?

6. Peanut butter may provide some protection against cardiovascular disease due to high levels of monounsaturated fats and resveratrol; butter prepared with the skin of the peanuts has a greater level of resveratrol and other health-aiding agents. Peanut butter (and peanuts) provide protein, vitamins B3 and E, magnesium, folate, dietary fiber, arginine, and high levels of the antioxidant p-coumaric acid. True or False?

7. It is a peanut butter based food used to fight malnutrition in famine stricken countries. A single pack contains 500 calories, can be stored unrefrigerated for 2 years, and requires no cooking or preparation. What is the product?

8. In the novel Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison, and the film based on the novel, an impoverished and malnourished world is portrayed; the government supplies a peanut butter ration to prevent "the kwash" (kwashiorkor, associated with protein deficiency) in children. What is the movie?

9. For people with a peanut allergy, peanut butter can cause reactions including anaphylactic shock which has led to its banning in some schools. True or False?

10. The peanut plant is susceptible to the mold Aspergillus flavus which produces a carcinogenic substance called aflatoxin. Since it is impossible to completely remove every instance of aflatoxins, contamination of peanuts and peanut butter is monitored in many countries to ensure safe levels of this carcinogen. What does the average American peanut butter contain?



1. False. Similar peanut pastes are popular in various cultures. In this variation, peanuts are ground and mixed with chili peppers and other ingredients. In some types of gourmet peanut butter, chocolate or other ingredients may be added. Various nut butters are also made from other nuts.

2. Aztecs

3. Marcellus Gilmore Edson of Montreal, Quebec

4. George A. Bayle Jr.

5. US patent #580787

6. True

7. Plumpy'nut

8. Soylent Green

9. True

10. About 13 parts per billion of aflatoxins, a thousand times below the maximum recommended level.

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