Good for Every Body
Anyone not getting enough of the daily essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients may be considered malnourished. This includes underweight persons and obese persons; herbivores and omnivores; and persons in the hospital or at home. Peanuts provide the essential proteins (a peanut butter sandwich provides complete protein) that are [deficient] in vegetarians, elderly, and people in acute stress due to illness and disease. Peanuts and peanut products also contain many of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that are found lacking in people with sub-optimal diets, but are obese. They also contain the good fats that research have found to aid in reducing cardiovascular risk and manage Type 2 diabetes. Peanuts and peanut products are nutrient- and energy dense for people needing those extra calories to get better during illness but are not able to eat a lot. A peanut butter sandwich is easily eaten for people with gums and teeth problems --and they taste great.
In Africa, a peanut paste, fortified with vitamins and minerals, is used to treat acute and severe malnutrition and their related diseases. This paste does not require water or refrigeration, a scarcity in under-developed countries.