Who invented peanut butter?
Peanut butter has quite a controversial history, as food historians can’t seem to agree on who invented it. Technically, it’s been around since ancient times when the Aztecs mashed roasted peanuts into a paste. However, this is thought to have been quite different to the peanut butter we know and love today.
Many credit its invention to George Washington Carver — but although he discovered 300 uses for peanuts, peanut butter wasn’t one of them. In 1884, a Canadian called Marcellus Gilmore Edson patented peanut paste, the finished product from milling roasted peanuts between two heated surfaces. Then, in 1895 Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (yes, the creator of Kellogg’s cereal) invented a process of creating peanut butter from raw peanuts and marketed it as a healthy protein substitute for patients without teeth. It wasn’t until the 1930s that the sugary version emerged, when chemist Joseph Rosefield started producing his own peanut butter under the name Skippy.
Did you know peanuts aren’t actually nuts, but legumes grown underground?
Is peanut butter bad for you?
Contrary to what some people believe, peanuts in their natural form aren’t bad for you. In fact, they actually boast plenty of great health benefits! Firstly, they’re a fantastic source of plant-based protein — each one cup serving has almost 40 grams of protein. Not only that, but they contain high levels of amino acids like L-lysine, which are essential for muscle growth and development. Peanuts are also rich in monounsaturated fats, the good type of fat that keeps your heart healthy. They’re also loaded with plenty of other health-boosting minerals, antioxidants and vitamins.
It’s only once commercial brands add nasties like vegetable oil and artificial sugars that peanut butter becomes not-so-good for you. However, you can rest assured that the peanut butter we use in our desserts are completely guilt-free. Our products are powered by Buff Bake, a unique range of high protein, low sugar peanut and nut butters. Not only do they harness the natural protein powers of peanut butter, they’re enriched with hormone-free whey protein — serving up 11 grams of protein per spoonful.
How is peanut butter made?
The process of creating peanut butter is actually quite simple. The peanuts are dry roasted, blanched, then ground into a paste. However, most commercial brands add salt, sugar and emulsifiers like vegetable oil for taste and texture
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