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 January 2012

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Peanuts fit well in 2012 top food trends!    

  

Happy New Year from The Peanut Institute!  "Supermarket Guru" Phil Lempert has released his Top 10 Food Trends for 2012. His trends range from focusing on convenience and cost to improving health and variety. Peanuts and peanut butter can top the list with many of these trends for the new year. For example, the anti-aging properties of resveratrol, which is found in peanuts, is beneficial for baby boomers that are becoming more interested in foods with health benefits as they age. To learn more about how peanuts fit with these trends for 2012, click here.

Dietary vitamins and fats affect brain function in the elderly   

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Researchers from Oregon Health and Science University reported recently in Neurology that dietary nutrients were linked to brain function in dementia-free elders.
A battery of psychological tests assessed overall cognitive function, while MRI measured brain volume, which declines with age. High blood levels of vitamins B, C, D and E and marine omega-3 fatty acids were associated with improved cognitive function and higher brain volume. High blood levels of trans fat were associated with worse cognitive function and decreased brain volume. Peanuts, which contain high levels of vitamins B and E have no trans fat, are a great way to get some of these brain-beneficial nutrients! Click here to read more about healthy nutrients found in peanuts.  

New biological function of vitamin E discovered-one more reason to eat peanuts daily!

 

Scientists have long known about vitamin E's antioxidant properties and immune benefits. Now, researchers are reporting a newly discovered biological function for vitamin E. In a recent issue of Nature Communications, a group at Georgia Health Sciences University found that alpha-tocopherol, the most common form of vitamin E, enhances repair of muscle cells. Muscle cell repair is defective in diseases like diabetes and ALS, so vitamin E supplementation could combat the muscle damage they cause.  Also, vitamin E deficiency in the elderly is believed to contribute to muscle weakness and frailty. Peanuts are an excellent source of vitamin E, so have a daily dose-your muscles will thank you! Click here to read more about Vitamin E and peanuts.

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In This Issue
Peanuts Fit Well in 2012 Top Food Trends!
Dietary Vitamins and Fats Affect Brain Function in the Elderly
New Biological Function of Vitamin E Discovered
Peanut Lemon Granola Bombs
eBite January 2012 recipe
 

Ingredients

 

Yield: 2 cups  

* 1/2 cup Honey, whipped (or thick and dry)  

* 1/2 cup Sour Cream  

* 1 cup Peanuts, unsalted, toasted and roughly chopped 

* 1/4 cup Plain oatmeal (or extra granola)  

* 1 ea. zest of Lemon  

* 1/4 tsp. Vanilla extract  

* 1 cup Peanut granola (see note)

 

Directions  

1. In a large bowl over a double broiler, melt the honey until it is runny; add the sour cream and remove from the heat.  

 

2. Stir in the toasted peanuts, oatmeal (or granola), lemon zest, and vanilla extract; stir until cool. To cool more rapidly, place bowl over some ice while stirring.  

 

3. Add enough granola to the mixture so that it can be rolled into lime or walnut-sized balls with your hand. Roll the balls in the peanut granola and chill overnight; use for school lunch or afternoon snacks.

  

Note: Combine 1/2 cup of regular granola with 1/2 cup of roasted chopped peanuts.

  

2011 The Culinary Institute of America

Recipe developed by The Culinary Institute of America as an industry service to The Peanut Institute. 
 

     
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