Peanut Butter is Saving Starving African Children

Americans consume on average over 1.5 billion pounds of peanut butter and peanut products annually, however for mal-nourished children in Africa, peanut butter is a ready-to-use therapeutic food that’s saving lives.

Featured in the December issue of Food Nutrition & Science, Project Peanut Butter, a non-profit organization, works with children ages one-to-three years old providing a six week peanut butter therapy to stave off acute malnutrition. The results have been impressive with a 95% recovery rate. The goal is to save two million children by 2015. The therapy costs about $35 per child.

Also in the December issue, results of a recent report from the University of Alabama and published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that says whole fruit is the preferred way to consume antioxidants and fiber, compared to fruit juice.

“There are a bevy of ready-to-drink beverages on the market targeting children and claiming they contain a ‘whole serving of fruit or vegetables,'” says Phil Lempert founder of Food Nutrition & Science and CEO of The Lempert Report.

peanutbutter-fdf953032bb18918bca5a57b7f7f06ac511e89a6-s6-c30“Studies repeatedly show that eating fruit is healthier. Supermarkets should merchandise fruit in a kid-friendly way that can help boost sales while providing better wellness for their customers.”

They accessed the antioxidant density of a single serving of select whole fruit and its 100% juice form for five commonly consumed fruits and juices – grapes, apples, oranges, pineapple and grapefruit. The antioxidant density of apple, orange and grapefruit was 54%, 23% and 52% higher than the name brand and store-brand juices for each fruit.

Other November features include a video of Grand Prairie Farms, a 5,500 acre corn, soybeans and seed farm, an interview with the CEO and President of Windset Farms, the CEO of Sunnycreek Farm and more.

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