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Published on 08/04/2023 in Peanut News
The United Kingdom peanut market is thriving, with the sales value of prepared or preserved groundnuts manufactured in the UK hovering around the £200 million mark in recent years. By 2025, the UK peanut butter market alone is forecast to hit US$148.49 million in retail value, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.84% in the years 2020-2024. That’s a remarkable amount of value being produced from groundnuts – driven by their health benefits and wide range of uses.
Peanuts have a wide array of uses in the kitchen and can bring a delicious nutty flavour and crunchy texture to many dishes. Bring something special and make the products of peanut good for you:
● Whole peanuts are typically used in cooked foods and snacks, from curries to sweet confectionery. Blanched peanuts are particularly popular for this use, as peanut skins can crumble into dishes and affect their appearance. Spanish peanuts are particularly good for making savoury products, thanks to their small grain and reddish-brown appearance.
● Peanut butter is a paste made from dry roasted peanuts, typically Runner peanuts, and comes in different qualities and purities. Whilst some manufacturers add salt, sugar, or oil to stabilise their mix, natural peanut butter has 100% peanut content. Peanut butter is used extensively as a sandwich filling and in baked goods and nutritional shakes, as a healthy source of plant-based protein.
● Peanut flour is made from roasted, crushed, and defatted peanuts. It makes a great alternative flour for people with a gluten intolerance, and can be used to prepare baked snacks or to thicken and enrich sauces and smoothies.
● Peanut oil has a high smoke point, making it ideal for frying other ingredients, and is great for adding flavour to salads and cooked dishes.
Peanuts are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, and fibre, helping to contribute to a healthier lifestyle. Here are five of the big peanut health benefits:
Peanuts are rich in unsaturated fats which lower cholesterol, helping to reduce your risk of developing heart disease by 40%. As a good source of vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium, peanuts reduce your blood pressure and keep blood vessels healthy.
Protein-rich raw peanuts support healthy muscle growth and strong bones and can help you feel fuller for longer.
Peanuts contain high levels of natural antioxidants that resist cancer-causing free radicals.
Peanuts have a considerable amount of vitamin B, which can help reduce fatigue and boost your mood.
The high iron content of peanuts helps your body to produce haemoglobin which carries oxygen around the body, improving your cardiovascular capacity and helping pregnant women stay healthy.
Peanuts make a tasty and nutritious ingredient and snack and are a sustainable source of plant-based protein. It’s no surprise that they remain a firm favourite in the UK market, in all their various forms
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