Peanuts

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Peanuts grow on the roots of a plant.

A very large number of people, particularly in the United States, are allergic to peanuts. Childhood food allergies in the United States, peanuts included, cost nearly US$25 billion every year. Not only allergy-sufferers fear the brown sticky stuff, Arachibutyrophobia is the word used for the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth.

Scientists have found a way to turn peanut butter into diamonds! Peanuts also come in handy when making other things, like dynamite, for which they are a key component.

Peanuts are not actually nuts to be precise, they are part of the legume family. The peanut plant has a small yellow flower. After pollination, the flower wilts, and a spike projects into the ground. The peanut as we know it in its shell develops on this plant. The peanuts are actually formed underground, and are thus sometimes called "ground nuts" or "ground peas."

The fake nuts consist of are 50 % oil, 28 % protein and 18 % carbs. With that nutritional facts, it’ not surprising that two thirds of all peanut crop is processed for peanut oil. 20 % of the worldwide peanut production are used by chocolate manufacturers.

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