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At the National Peanut Board, we’re committed to building relationships with dietitian networks and the medical community while fueling talk about the nutritional benefits of peanuts. Here you can learn more about the role peanuts play in the nutrition and well-being of people all across America.

New Peanut Pros Certification Program for Registered Dietitians

Calling all Registered Dietitians! Get #PeanutProCertified and fuel your knowledge of peanuts with the Peanut Pros Certification Program! It consists of eight, 15-minute, on-demand learning modules (approved for 2 CPEUs by the Commission on Dietetic Registration) with fresh content led by National Peanut Board nutrition specialists and a respected speaker line-up, and introduces material on trending topics to help support all dietitians across any patient, client or consumer need. Click to learn more!

Boosting Nutrition for Mom and Baby

Good nutrition can’t start too early. Peanuts and peanut butter can provide a boost to a nutritious diet during pregnancy and beyond.

Any Exercise is Better Than Nothing: The Power of a Little Movement

We all know exercise can help improve our health. In fact, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’s Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee published science-based guidelines and research-backed reasons (in their executive summary) why regular exercise can significantly enhance our lives. 

What are Ultra-Processed Foods?

If you pay attention to health and nutrition headlines, you’ve heard a lot about ultra-processed foods lately. An internet search of the term returns more than 18 million hits. But what exactly are ultra-processed foods?
 
At present, FDA doesn’t have a formal definition for ultra-processed food. In fact, there is no universally agreed upon definition at all. The term ultra-processed foods has been popularized based on a food classification system called NOVA which was developed by Carlos Monteiro, professor of nutrition and public health at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. (Morea, 2021) His definition has changed several times since it was introduced in the early 2010s. Each food is categorized based on the “extent and purposes of the industrial processes they undergo” into these four groups:

Can Breastfeeding Prevent Food Allergies?

It's always a great time to talk about some of the benefits of and surprising facts about breastfeeding. Here's what the research shows about breastfeeding and food allergies.

Feeding Babies Peanut Foods Just Got a Lot Easier

Many parents are aware of the benefits of introducing common allergens early, but keeping peanut foods in baby’s diet is an important piece of the prevention puzzle. Parents had few ready-to-serve choices in the past, but options continue to grow and expand with some exciting new entries in the peanut-for-baby category.

How to Talk to Your Doctor about Introducing Peanuts to Baby

With so much already to talk about during infant well visits, when it’s time to introduce solid foods to your healthy baby, you may wonder how to have that conversation with your provider—especially when it comes to feeding your baby potentially allergenic foods like peanuts for the first time. 

What Does Being "Healthy" Mean?

The word “healthy” is thrown around often in our society. 
 
In general media, it tends to come along with a specific appearance and type: thin, young, active and always choosing the most nutritious food possible. But as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) who takes a holistic approach to wellness and believes in science-based evidence to guide recommendations, I believe that the true definition of “healthy” lies in a grayer area. 
 

Easy Ways to Eat More Fruits & Veggies

It’s no secret that many Americans fall short when it comes to eating the recommended five daily servings of fruits and veggies, despite the health benefits. Many of us know we should be eating more fruits and vegetables. So, why aren’t we getting enough? Here are some common barriers to fruit and veggie consumption, and strategies to help you add more produce to your plate.

Conserve Water with What You Eat

Forty states are expected to have water shortages over the next 10 years. U.S. communities are starting to face both quality and supply issues, unrelated to drought, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). America’s agriculture sector accounts for about 80% of U.S. water consumption, according to the USDA.

And peanuts are the most water efficient of all nuts, using only 3.2 gallons of water to produce one serving (1 ounce) compared to almonds, for example, which use 28.7 gallons per ounce. Worldwide peanut production contributes to just 1% of the global water footprint, which is the measure of water used to produce goods and services.

    

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