Friday, February 25, 2011

Jekyll Island's Shrimp & Grits Festival Honored at Southeast Festivals and Events Kaleidoscope Awards

 Editor Note:  Ahh, Shrimp & Grits.  This unbeatable combination just conjures up delightful visions of the southeast coastline.  When you go to this festival, be sure to spend some time on Georgia's Golden Isles.  In addition to the mouth watering shrimp and grits, there's plenty of history to enjoy.  After all, you got to get some exercise in so you can enjoy more shrimp and grits!

/PRNewswire/ -- Jekyll Island's Shrimp & Grits: The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival received gold honors at the 8th Annual Southeast Festivals & Events Conference. Winning "Best Festival with a budget under $75,000", Shrimp & Grits: The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival received highest honors an event can receive at the conference. The winners are selected by members of the event community. Receiving an award distinguishes the Shrimp & Grits Festival as one of the best in the Southeast.

"The quality of submissions continues to go up each year making it more difficult to choose only one winner," mentioned Carolyn Morris, executive director for Southeast Festivals and Events Association (SFEA). "It is a shame that only one can 'win gold.' It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your event or community and award those who have worked hard creating the perfect event or festival. The recognition a festival gets for winning is priceless."

The best and brightest were spotlighted at Southeast Festivals and Events Association (SFEA) Annual Conference through the Kaleidoscope Awards Banquet. Top festivals and events throughout the southeast, such as Jekyll Island's Shrimp & Grits: The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival, were recognized for their outstanding contribution to the events industry.

"It's amazing to see how much the Shrimp & Grits Festival has progressed within the past 5 years. It has truly become a signature event for the Georgia coast," stated Beth Burnsed, Director of Special Events for the Jekyll Island Authority. "We are thrilled with the growing success of the festival and extremely honored to have been recognized by the SFEA. We look forward to many more years of shrimp and grits on Jekyll Island!"

Shrimp & Grits: The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival is a weekend long celebration of Georgia shrimp and southern grits. The event celebrated its 5th year last September and welcomed over 20,000 guests to Jekyll Island.

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Chick-fil-A Adds New Banana Pudding Milkshake for Spring

Editor Note:  Just what I need!  Another phenom reason just to stop in and grab a fresh taste for spring.  Banana Pudding Milkshake?  Can't wait to try one!

Customers encouraged to share family banana pudding recipes and stories on Chick-fil-A's Facebook Page

 /PRNewswire/ -- For many Americans, a banana pudding recipe isn't just a recipe. It's an institution. A good serving of banana pudding provides the perfect comfort-food remedy to a long day at work, and avid banana pudding enthusiasts claim that the delectable dessert is even known to cure a headache. Starting Monday, Feb. 28, customers can satiate their cravings for the Southern classic with the new Banana Pudding Milkshake available in Chick-fil-A® restaurants nationwide through June 4.
With a taste sure to evoke memories of your grandmother's best recipe, the new Banana Pudding Milkshake will be offered in 14 oz. or 20 oz. cups and priced at $2.49 and $2.89, respectively (at most locations). The milkshake is made with fresh bananas, real Nilla® wafers, a splash of vanilla, and is hand-spun with Chick-fil-A's popular "home-style" Icedream® and topped with light whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.

To celebrate the new milkshake recipe, Chick-fil-A is inviting customers to submit their favorite heirloom or family banana pudding recipes and the story behind them on the chain's Facebook page:

"As we continue to offer limited time flavor milkshakes, we ask customers what flavors they would like served at Chick-fil-A. Again and again, customers said 'banana something.' We wanted to offer something unique, yet connected to our Southern roots, instead of the typical banana milkshake option. In the South, banana pudding reigns supreme as one of the favorite traditional desserts, most commonly associated with family. Our new Banana Pudding Milkshake is like drinking your grandmother's recipe through a straw," said Woody Faulk, Chick-fil-A's vice president of brand development. "Our customers continue to tell us how much they enjoy our hand-spun milkshakes, so we want to continue to satisfy their tastes while also surprising them with occasional limited-time new flavors!"

The Chick-fil-A hand-spun milkshakes have proved to be one of the most popular products on the menu. As a result, the chain adds a variety of limited-time flavors to its milkshake menu annually.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

SeaPak Shrimp Company Brings Taste of the Coast to Kitchen Tables Across the Country This Lenten Season

/PRNewswire/ -- This Lenten season, when millions of Catholics, Anglicans and others are abstaining from meat on Fridays, SeaPak Shrimp Company offers ideal meatless meal alternatives: great-tasting, coastal seafood favorites!

From top-selling Jumbo Butterfly Shrimp and scrumptious Shrimp Scampi, to savory SeaPak Salmon Burgers and all-new Popcorn Fish, SeaPak's products are so tasty that no one will be left hungry for more during the Lenten season.

"SeaPak was founded and is still located on a beautiful island off the coast of Georgia. We know what a delicious seafood meal should taste like," said Scott Corey, Senior Marketing Manager, SeaPak Shrimp Company. "We've been perfecting our breading, seasoning and sauce recipes for more than 60 years, and it's our goal to help bring the authentic taste of the coast to every kitchen table in the country."

SeaPak's variety of seafood favorites, available nationally, also offers a perfect way to meet the USDA new dietary guidelines. Updated once every five years as mandated by congress, the guidelines provide the most current advice for making food choices to promote good health, maintain a healthy weight, and help prevent disease. For the first time, the guidelines recommend eating 8 ounces of seafood each week. Americans are encouraged to eat at least 5.5 ounces of protein each day. The guidelines specify that 22% of that protein should come from a variety of seafood because it's a lean protein that provides Omega 3 fatty acids, iron, zinc, vitamins B12 and D, and other critical nutrients vital for optimal health.

SeaPak recently launched a new seafood favorite -- Popcorn Fish -- modeled after the brand's top-selling Popcorn Shrimp. They are delicious and sophisticated improvements to the traditional minced fish stick. Popcorn Fish are round, bite-sized treats cut from whole, flaky white fish fillets.

They provide a more nutritious alternative to chicken nuggets or hotdogs for kids and are ideal for a variety of occasions from snack-time to appetizers, and even as a center-of-the-plate dish. The quality fish, perfectly breaded with SeaPak's signature, golden breadcrumb coating, pops with flavor that appeals to both adults and children.

National Taste of the Coast Advertising Campaign:

Just in time for Lent, SeaPak has launched a national multi-media "Taste of The Coast" advertising campaign featuring : 30 and :15 second television spots as well as national print and online advertisements. In addition, two compelling vignettes have been created in partnership with Food Network, showcasing delicious SeaPak shrimp and seafood recipes that viewers can immediately prepare in their own kitchens. The ads and the new cooking vignettes will also appear on, the #1 food and cooking destination online. Fans can also view them on SeaPak's YouTube channel. The cinematic ads depict an outdoor setting in the Midwest being magically transformed to a beachside setting the minute the family takes a bite of seafood.

"When consumers eat SeaPak's shrimp and seafood products at home, we hope the delicious flavor and seasonings will remind them of good times and good meals enjoyed at the beach," said Corey. "We stand behind the authenticity of our coastal taste."

2nd Annual SeaPak Coastal Getaway Sweepstakes:

Four grand prize winners will receive a Coastal Getaway for two on scenic St. Simons Island, a pristine barrier island off of the coast of Southeast Georgia. St. Simons Island, home to SeaPak Shrimp Company since 1948, offers visitors beautiful beaches, numerous recreational activities, a rich history, and, of course, great seafood!

Each of the four grand-prize winners will receive a three-day, three-night vacation for two. In addition to swimming in the surf and relaxing in the sun, the winners will enjoy a private, gourmet seafood dinner hosted by SeaPak at the St. Simons Island Heritage Center. They will also be able to take a tidal marsh boat tour and experience a variety of other fun coastal activities.

"Our first annual Coastal Getaway Sweepstakes was a huge success," said Corey. "It was wonderful to meet a few of our fans in person. We're thrilled to be able to bring winners to this wonderful island we call home."

The contest, which runs through April 30, 2011, can be entered at In addition to the four grand prizes, entrants will be eligible to win one of 200 first prizes: A one-year subscription to Coastal Living Magazine . Established in 1997, this elegant magazine is a favorite of residents, vacationers, and others who are interested in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf coasts. Each issue features articles on home design and architecture, coastal lifestyles, coastal issues of interest and concern, and other topics that promote a high quality of life.

"We can't bring everyone to the beach," said Corey, "But we can ensure our products deliver the authentic and great taste of the coast to kitchen tables across the country!"

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Finally, someone is reporting on shrinking products!

I've been complaining about this one for a while now. Companies are downsizing... and not just when it comes to their employees. They're cutting back on the number or size of their products. My favorite sausage company increased the price a tad and went from 12 sausages in the box to 10. Since noticing that decrease, I have been watching and have just stopped buying certain products as I noticed their slight-of-hand.

I signed into one of my hotmail accounts today, closed out and ended up on the MSN news page. There, staring me in the face, was a story via Consumer Reports about shrinking products. Orange juice, hot dogs, toilet paper, etc.

Here's a link to the video story:

By decreasing the number of items or size of their products companies have effectively increased prices by 10, 12 or more percent. They think they're fooling us... and in some cases, they are. Whether they shrink packages or content, or they increase prices, it's affecting our wallets.

So glad to see Consumer Reports digging into this one!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Speaking on gluten-free foods...

A while back I decided to go gluten free. I kind of backed into it. I went on a trip with my son who was doing the Atkins Diet and I opted to be supportive and do it, too. Being a vegetarian, my diet was severely limited to say the least! What's left after you cut out meat, sugar and carbs?

I'm not a true vegetarian or I'd have been limited to lettuce given the selection at the restaurants around the show. I'll eat eggs and cheese and will eat a piece of ocean fish once in a blue moon. I haven't had red meat or chicken since high school. I used to be much stricter but have lightened up in the areas of eggs, milk and cheese although I opt for hormone-free, organic and similar.

After five days of eggs and veggies, I was cured of my sugar habit completely. Ditto on my carb addiction.

I was amazed at how much better I felt! I decided to stick with the diet to some degree. I'm staying sugar free. I'm persnickety sugar free. If a product has dextrose, corn syrup, or any kind of sugar at all in it, even in the 'under 2%' listing, I won't buy it. I am aware of the difference between the sugar in tomatoes, grapes, etc. and other sugars!

After a time I introduced some occasional breads back into my diet, but chose to go gluten free. I'd been doing some reading plus have a few relatives who have gone gluten free with great results, so it seemed like a good time to try it.

I like it. A lot. I feel better, I don't have those afternoon slumps, my digestive system is happy and I haven't missed all those breads, pastas and other items. I guess that's partially because my stomach may have shrunk a bit --- or maybe the foods I'm eating are filling. Process foods never seemed to satisfy, I'd always find myself peering into the refrigerator an hour or so after eating, hoping to find that magic food that would satisfy. Now I waltz through the day and don't have those cravings.

One downside to eating as strangely as I do in this fast-food, restaurant loving, processed food world is that my friends who already thought I was a strange eater are really scratching their heads when they invite me over for dinner. I try not to make an issue of my diet, I can always find something to order when I go to a restaurant.

Another downside to it all is the cost of gluten-free products. Talk about taking a hit to the old pocket book! However, given I don't eat but a minuscule amount when compared to my pre-gluten-free days, it's really not as bad as it could be.

I've also discovered there are some horrible tasting gluten-free products out on the market. Horrible even for my weird-adjusted palate.

I've found two things that I think are great.

One is made by a local baker and sold wholesale to local restaurants. It's a gluten-free hamburger bun. I first tried it at the Broadway Diner in Fayetteville, Georgia. They have excellent food, cooked to order, and bend over backwards to accommodate my requests. When I eat there, no matter what time of day, I have them toast a couple of the buns for me. I take one half home, eat the other with my meal. I limit myself to one of the bun halves a day at most. They're white instead of wheat like I normally like, but I think it's stretching it to expect both! As a special request they ordered some extras for me and I carry home some frozen buns off and on. Very nice people, excellent food, love everything about Broadway.

The other thing that I love to treat myself to is Glutino pretzels. Those things are good. Everyone in my family loves them. They're not what I'd call inexpensive so don't buy them for the snack-happy gluttons in your family! It's hard to eat a ton of them anyway, but if you're family and friends aren't going to appreciate them, save them for yourself.

I really haven't had a desire to eat any noodles, pizza or other 'normal' gluten-type items so I can't tell you which ones are good. I could tell you which ones are bad based on friends reviews, but I try to stay positive on here.

Do you have any favorite gluten free foods (not recipes, we're talking about buy-off-the-shelf type foods). I've found that most stores now carry items, and many restaurants have a selection.

W Atlanta Downtown Welcomes New Manager of Bar Happenings

Nightlife Entrepreneur Pablo Henderson Joins W

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced the addition of Pablo Henderson as Manager of Bar Happenings for W Atlanta Downtown. Henderson, a leader in the Atlanta nightlife scene and a well-known entrepreneur, joins W Atlanta Downtown to oversee bar programming at DRINKSHOP, Living Room and WETBAR. With more than fifteen years of bar and club marketing and operations experience, he will be a great asset to the bar team at W Atlanta Downtown.

“When you mention the bar business in Atlanta one of the first names you hear is Pablo Henderson. We could not have asked for a better complement to the existing bar leadership team at the hotel,” commented Tim Dahlen, W Atlanta Downtown’s General Manager. “His knowledge of the market, the industry and downtown Atlanta area has us confident he will continue to set trends and create relationships while surpassing expectations at our award-winning bars.”

Pablo’s career began at The Limelight in London, England, where he was born and raised. The Limelight was a door opener for Pablo and not only taught him the tricks of the trade; it laid the groundwork for his entry into the nightclub industry in America. Pablo’s entertainment career took flight after college graduation when he became a Managing Partner at Goldfinger, and one of the youngest club owners in the city. Through the years, Pablo has put his mark (literally and figuratively) on the city of Atlanta’s cultural landscape with signature spots, restaurants and clubs located all over town. Pablo has proven he’s an influencer and took that to the next level when he began consulting for top nationally recognized restaurateurs including; Jeoffrey Chodorow (China Grill Management), Riccardo Ullio (U-Restaurants), Bob Amick (Concentrics) & the Kinjo Brothers (MF Restaurants). He is a graduate of Emory University with degrees in Psychology and French Literature and has served on the board of a number of non-profits including Embraced Atlanta and has volunteered with Ron Clark Academy, Soccer in the Streets and the Carter Center.

About W Atlanta Downtown: W Atlanta Downtown Hotel & Residences is an urban hideaway infused with lush natural elements promising the best in comfort and style. Opened in 2009 as the first newly built W Hotel in the city, this location thrives in the heart of downtown Atlanta where revitalization and rejuvenation beckon. Nestled amid major corporations and upscale city living, W Atlanta-Downtown provides a full contemporary lifestyle experience, featuring 237 stylish guest rooms, 76 W-branded residences, three destination bars including DRINKSHOP from New York-based master mixologist Sasha Petraske, the W living room bar, and WETBAR, the Atlanta debut of chef and restaurateur Laurent Tourondel’s BLT Steak, a glamorous zero-edge pool, signature Bliss® spa, state-of-the-art SWEAT® fitness facility with panoramic city views, more than 9,000 square feet of ultra modern meeting and event space, and the ultimate in Whatever/Whenever by way of a private helipad for guests on the go. W Atlanta Downtown has ensured every aspect of your stay will be the ultimate in southern comfort. For more information, visit or call to schedule a reservation 1.888.627.8187.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

What Are You Eating series continues Monday February 14th

Log On, Tune In, Turn it Up Co-op 101 WRFG 4:30-5pm MONDAY!
Hosted by Sevananda Marketing Manager, Ahzjah Netjer Simons

WHAT ARE YOU EATING? A radio series about Food Safety, Food Security,Food Supply Chain Systems, Agribusiness, and Legislation topics explored on Co-op 101 on WRFG for the month of February. Tune in at 89.3FM or 4:30-5pm

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The cooperative movement is vast, vibrant and global. Local, regional and global cooperatives and other organizations that support the cooperative business model and they share stories of challenges, development, and triumphs, and unlimited cooperative resources. Whether you want to stay informed on co-ops, start your own co-op, or support community radio, join us for Co-op 101 and more listening...tune in to Co-op 101 on WRFG 89.3 FM every Monday from 4:30-5:00pm. Show streams at and archives are located at Call 404-584-7875 for more info. Ext 111/113.

Friday, February 11, 2011

St James Smokehouse, Inc, Announces Voluntary Recall of Scotch Reserve Whiskey & Honey Smoked Salmon 4oz Retail Packs Due To Possible Health Risk

St James Smokehouse Inc, is conducting a voluntary recall of Scotch Reserve Whiskey & Honey Smoked Scottish Salmon 4oz retails packs under Lot code:5797 &batch code: 4759 with UPC# 853729001151 due to potential contamination with Listeria Monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy persons may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infections can cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

Please note that NO Listeria illnesses have been linked to any product produced by St James Smokehouse. The problem was discovered after routine sampling by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Whereby 1 x 4oz package tested positive out of 3 packages sampled. The 600lbs of product subject to recall were distributed and sold only in The Fresh Market stores located FL, NC, SC, TN, GA, VA,KY, AL, IN, IL, OH, LA, MD, AR, WI, MS, PA, MA, CT, NY.

The code number (Lot code: 5797 & batch code: 4759 and UPC# 853729001151) is located on a white label on the rear of the package. This is the only batch & UPC# affected.

Consumers who have purchased this product should not consume it and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions can contact the company at 1-305-461-0231 Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST)

We are taking this action as a precautionary measure and are working with the FDA.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

February is "I 'Heart' Sushi" Month at Genki Noodles and Sushi

Featuring Sushi Rolls in the Shape of a Heart for $9.95 and $6 Valentine’s Day Inspired Cocktails

The entire month of February will be, “I ‘Heart’ Sushi” month at Genki Noodles and Sushi, a sushi extravaganza featuring delicious sushi specials and tempting, love-infused cocktails that are sure to you leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. Head over to either location in Sandy Springs or Buckhead for the “I ‘Heart’ Sushi” roll, a shrimp tempura and cream cheese roll that is topped with tuna, avocado and a wasabi cream cheese and garlic chili sauce for $9. Pair your heart-shaped sushi roll with one of Genki's Valentine's Day inspired $6 cocktails: Cupids Arrow, Love Potion #9 and Key Lime Love. Or, enjoy the I 'Heart' Sushi Roll and 250 ml Ozeki Hana Awaka sparking sake combo for $19.95.

In addition to "I 'Heart' Sushi" month at Genki, both locations have budget-friendly weekly offerings. Monday through Friday, both locations host Genki Hour between 4 to 7 p.m., which features a variety of drink and sushi specials for $5 and under. Wednesday is 1/2 price wine night at both locations and Thursday at The Prado is Ladies Night with 1/2 price appetizers all night and live music beginning at 6 p.m. Finally, every Sunday the Buckhead location hosts Social Sundays with $1 sushi nigiri bites, $5 Cruzan Rum cocktails, $5 UV Vodka cocktails and live music by Justin Borgman starting at 6 p.m.

About Genki Noodles and Sushi:
Established in 1996 by Reid Zeising, Genki in Buckhead has received numerous awards for its food, atmosphere and patio. Located at 3186 Roswell Road in Buckhead and at The Prado: 5590 Roswell Rd, Suite 100 in Sandy Springs, both Genki restaurants are open seven days a week serving both lunch and dinner. Hours of operation are from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday and 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For more information visit or call 404.844.8319 (Buckhead) or 404.843.8319 (Sandy Springs).

Saturday, February 5, 2011

More Than 1 Million Americans Set to Receive Free Papa Johns Pizza If Super Bowl XLV Goes into Overtime

(BUSINESS WIRE)--With kickoff of Super Bowl XLV just two days away, more than 1 million Americans already are eligible to score a free large three-topping pizza if the game goes into overtime Sunday.

Papa John’s, the Official Pizza Sponsor of the NFL and Super Bowl XLV, announced Jan. 24 that it will give away a free pizza to everyone in America if the Super Bowl goes into overtime for the first time in history. To be eligible, all consumers need to do is register for Papa John’s online customer loyalty program, My Papa Points, at, by 11:59 p.m. ET Saturday, Feb. 5.

“The response to our Super Bowl XLV overtime promotion has been tremendous – from consumers, media, bloggers and others, and it’s a testament to the die-hard passion America has for the highest quality football and pizza – the NFL and Papa John’s,” said Andrew Varga, Papa John’s Chief Marketing Officer. “This year’s Super Bowl is being touted as one of the most evenly matched games in years, and if it goes into overtime, Papa John’s will make history with the biggest free pizza delivery of all time.”

If Super Bowl XLV goes into overtime, My Papa Points enrollees will be rewarded the next day with 25 Papa Points – the amount of points needed to redeem a large up to three-topping pizza. Consumers can redeem the 25 Papa Points for the free pizza anytime through June 30, 2011.

Papa John’s is also enhancing the Super Bowl experience by giving away $45 Papa John’s Papa Cards every 45 seconds on Super Bowl Sunday for consumers who order online at between 10 a.m. and 9:59 p.m. ET. Papa John’s will randomly select one online customer every 45 seconds to win a $45 Papa Card.

Papa John’s is in the first year of a multi-year sponsorship with the NFL and Papa John’s is also the Official Pizza of the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins.

Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Papa John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) is the world's third largest pizza company. For 10 of the past 11 years, consumers have rated Papa John's No. 1 in customer satisfaction among all national pizza chains in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Papa John's also was honored by Restaurants & Institutions Magazine (R&I) with the 2009 Gold Award for Consumers’ Choice in Chains in the pizza segment. Papa John’s is the Official Pizza Sponsor of the National Football League and Super Bowl XLV, XLVI and XLVII. For more information about the company or to order pizza online, visit Papa John's at


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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

New U.S. Dietary Guidelines: Make Your Calories Count with Nutrient-Dense Peanuts

/PRNewswire/ -- The new 2010 Dietary Guidelines address the American obesity epidemic by telling consumers to "maintain calorie balance over time" and to do it by "consuming nutrient-dense foods" such as peanuts. When maintaining proper calorie balance, refined grains, solid fats, and added sugars should be replaced with nutrient dense foods. The new Dietary Guidelines explains, "A healthy eating pattern ... emphasizes nutrient-dense foods - vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat milk products, seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, beans and peas, and nuts and seeds."

According to USDA data, peanuts and peanut butter are 67% of the nuts eaten in the US. Consumer data highlights taste, health benefits, convenience, and affordability as the reason. Peanuts are technically a legume and contain more protein than any other nut.

For the first time, a Key Recommendation says to consider the protein package that brings good fats along with it. It says to "Replace protein foods that are higher in solid fats with choices that are lower in solid fats and calories and /or are sources of oils." The report explains, "The fats in meat, poultry, and eggs are considered solid fats, while the fats in seafood, nuts, and seeds are considered oils." A peanut butter sandwich, preferably on whole grain bread, would be a healthier option than a hamburger or a grilled cheese sandwich. Research has shown that peanut oil is similar to olive oil in reducing risk of heart disease.

According to the new Guidelines, "Consumption of a balanced variety of protein foods can contribute to improved nutrient intake and health benefits. For example, moderate evidence indicates that eating peanuts and certain tree nuts reduces risk factors for cardiovascular disease when consumed as part of a diet that is nutritionally adequate and within calorie needs." Research shows that a small, daily serving of peanuts or peanut butter can cut the risk of heart disease in half.

Peanuts and peanut butter are placed in the nutrient dense category because for 160 calories, they provide hard-to-get nutrients such as dietary fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin E, thiamin, and magnesium. There are numerous studies showing that peanuts help manage weight because of their high satiety value and consumers don't tire of them. Multiple studies show that participants who ate peanuts and peanut butter had a lower Body Mass Index (BMI) and more nutritious diets.

The Peanut Institute is a non-profit organization that supports nutrition research and develops educational programs to encourage healthful lifestyles. Learn more about peanuts and health at

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