A Sticky History

Understanding the well loved food, peanut butter

Joseph Tobey-Cook, Entertainment Editor

   According to the Smithsonian, peanut butter was invented by John Harvey Kellogg, a nutritionist who ended up patenting proto-peanut butter in 1895.

   It was intended to be a type of food paste at the Battle Creek Sanitarium. It was usually made with almonds and peanuts because they were cheaper compared to other nuts. 

   Joseph Lambert, an employee who worked at Kellogg’s Sanitarium, invented the machine that ground nuts on a large scale. He eventually left to launch his own company, known as the Lambert food Company, which sold nut butter and nut butter-making mills that ended up seeding other nut butter businesses.

   According to Prevention.com, both versions of peanut butter have very minimal health differences. For example, smooth peanut butter has more protein and vitamin E but has a couple more grams of saturated fat. Whereas crunchy peanut butter contains more fiber and folate. At the end of the day, both are equally as healthy for individual ingestion.

    According to the Denver Health Medical Plan, peanut butter is filled with many nutrients other than just vitamin E, such as magnesium, selenium, and vitamin B6, which lowers the chances of getting heart disease and type two diabetes.

   Peanut butter, along with having many minerals, reduces one’s appetite throughout the day. A study from the British Journal of Nutrition figured out that people who regularly eat peanut butter for breakfast see a drastic reduction in hunger for up to 12 hours. Since peanut butter naturally subdues one’s appetite, it also plays a major role in weight loss when used regularly.

   Freshman Caiden Grier believes peanut butter is a very versatile condiment. He puts it on everything from sandwiches to hotdogs. 

   “I believe smooth is better in comparison to crunchy peanut butter because traditionally, the smooth texture encourages an even spread,” said Grier. 

  He believes smooth peanut butter is what peanut butter is meant to be, unlike crunchy, which he says is an abomination, and refuses to use it. “It’s what peanut butter is meant to be,” said Grier “They stopped peanut buttering it and said, let’s throw in some more peanuts, and it will be fine. It is not fine!” said Grier.

   On the other hand, Junior Donavin Bamm believes that it depends on the type of jelly. 

Bamm prefers smooth usually, but he says that he said strawberry jelly pairs with smooth the best, and raspberry goes with crunchy.

  When it comes to peanut butter it all comes down to preference, and both smooth and crunchy peanut butter have their benefits.