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PB&Js for the Planet

PB&Js for the Planet

The humble peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich could save the world, according to The PB&J Campaign, an online effort that claims eating peanut butter is a good way to help the environment. The next time you chow down on a PB&J instead of a hamburger, says the site, which disavows any connection to the peanut industry, you’ll save as much as 2.5 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, 280 gallons of water, and 50 square feet of land.

This isn’t a radical concept: In 2006, the United Nations denounced cattle farming as the greatest threat to the climate, forests, and wildlife, accounting for 18 percent of greenhouse gases, which is more than cars, planes, and all other forms of transport put together.

But there are also health reasons to eat peanut butter—that is, if nuts don’t make you go into anaphylactic shock.

Women who ate peanut butter five days a week had a 20 percent lower risk of developing diabetes, compared with those who didn’t nosh on the spread, according to a 2002 report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Meanwhile, resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that peanuts and red wine both share, has been associated with lower cardiovascular risk, according to the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry.

One vital question still remains, however: Smooth or chunky?

::New York Times

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By Jasmin Malik Chua, Planet Green

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Planet Green is the multi-platform media destination devoted to the environment and dedicated to helping people understand how humans impact the planet and how to live a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle. Its two robust websites, PlanetGreen.com and TreeHugger.com, offer original, inspiring, and entertaining content related to how we can evolve to live a better, brighter future. Planet Green is a division of Discovery Communications.

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12:42PM PST on Dec 15, 2012

Thanks.

1:48PM PST on Nov 6, 2012

peanut butter helped me to learn to speak

4:33PM PST on Nov 4, 2012

loves all PB!

11:40AM PDT on Oct 6, 2012

might want to switch to almond butter until recall mania on PB ends...

4:43AM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Thanks.

12:20PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Thank you

2:43AM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

I used to think peanut butter wasn't healthy or good for us at all,thanks for the article

2:17PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Crunchy please!

1:49AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

it is awesome

1:48AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

thanks

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