The Potential of Peanuts

A Q&A WITH MARK KLINE, OUR STAFF FOOD EXPERT,
ABOUT ONE OF HIS FAVORITE FOODS
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How long has Hershey been making snacks with peanuts?

Hershey has a very long history in working with peanuts. Mr. Goodbar Candy Bar, a blend of peanuts and milk chocolate, was first introduced in 1925.

Peanuts are an integral part of a number of our great brands including Reese’s, Payday, Mr. Goodbar and Take5, to name a few.

What nutritional value do peanuts provide?

Peanuts are a remarkable food. You can find protein, fiber, good fats, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals such as resveratrol in peanuts. 

Are there any specific nutritional benefits of the peanut? 

Peanuts are associated with health benefits for the heart and are backed by a qualified health claim. Authorized by FDA, the claim states that - Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as peanuts, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. Peanuts can also provide hunger satiation through their protein (about 24%) and fiber content. 

How is Hershey using peanuts to help improve global nutrition?

Globally, one in six children are underweight and 66 million children around the world go to school hungry, which means they don’t always have the energy to focus on their studies. I have had the opportunity this past year to be a part of our Energize Learning project team where we are making a significant impact in Ghana, providing 50,000 school aged children with a fortified peanut butter nutritional snack every day. 

Because we believe bright futures start with basic nutrition, we partner with the non-profit group, Project Peanut Butter to produce a peanut-based nutritional supplement for malnourished children in Ghana. Peanuts really are a remarkable food!

What’s an interesting factoid you can share about peanuts?

Peanuts are not actually a nut – they are a legume closely related to peas and beans. Peanuts are often called “ground nuts” in other regions, since they are grown underground as opposed to tree nuts, which grow on trees.

Do you see peanuts being developed into new food forms in the future?  

Absolutely. Peanuts are a great “whole food” option for inclusion in new food products. In addition, peanut flour, which is made from pressing the oil out of peanuts, is a potential option.

 

SOURCE

  1. US Food and Drug Administration. Qualified health claims: letter of enforcement discretion nuts and coronary heart disease. (Docket No 02P-0505). (July 2003). 
    http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/qhcnuts2.html
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