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Posted by on Oct 25, 2015 in Tell Me Why |

How Many Peanuts Does It Take to Make a Jar of Peanut Butter?

How Many Peanuts Does It Take to Make a Jar of Peanut Butter?

The National Peanut Board estimates it takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter. That’s approximately 45 peanuts per ounce of peanut butter.

If your family buys peanut butter in those large 40-ounce mega-jars, each one of those jars takes a whopping 1,800 peanuts to make!

Americans eat approximately three pounds of peanut butter per person each year, or a total of more than 900 million pounds. That’s enough to cover the floor of the Grand Canyon!

Peanuts aren’t just delicious, they’re also nutritious. Peanuts aren’t really nuts! They’re technically classified as legumes, like beans, peas, and lentils. Peanuts are a good source of protein, vitamin E, niacin, and magnesium.

Peanuts are also naturally cholesterol-free and low in saturated fat. Peanut butter may also protect against cardiovascular disease due to high levels of monounsaturated fats.

Content for this question contributed by Carolyn Nepple, resident of Carroll, Carroll County, Iowa, USA