Daily Archives: April 21, 2011

George Washington Carver the Peanut Wizard!

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Ever wonder where we got all that Peanut stuff from?   It was created by a wonderful man! Well, maybe you don’t think he is wonderful,if you are the 1% with peanut allergies,  but without this man we wouldn’t have many of the peanut products that we have today. He even made soap out of peanut items! He made a big impact on the world.

George Washington Carver was born on a slave farm near Diamond, Missouri around 1864.   After 1914 Carver started to research peanuts. Carver wondered why people were just planting certain products like cotton or corn? Carver showed many people that peanuts were good farming products by making speeches and presentations. Carver wanted to encourage farmers to plant different products. He showed people that peanuts were nutritious and would be a great thing to grow. Many farmers in southern states started to grow peanuts. George Washington Carver made over 300 peanut products out of plants including ink, milk, and soap. Carver was called, ” the Peanut Man”. Carver also made 118 sweet potato products!

Peanuts are rich in nutrients, providing over 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients. Peanuts are a good source of niacin, folate, fiber, magnesium, vitamin E, manganese and phosphorus. They also are naturally free of trans-fats and sodium, and contain about 25% protein (a higher proportion than in any true nut)… they are a legume.

Peanuts are a good source of niacin, and thus contribute to brain health and blood flow.  New research shows peanuts rival the antioxidant content of many fruits. Roasted peanuts rival the antioxidant content of blackberries and strawberries, and are far richer in antioxidants than carrots or beets.

Peanuts are a source of coenzyme Q10, as are oily fishbeefsoybeans and spinach

So next time you eat some bread with peanut butter or wash your hands in peanut soap just remember George Washington Carver..Paz_01_img0046

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