The Mississippi Peanut Growers Association along with the Southern Peanut Growers had an exhibit booth at the Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Exhibition on April 10, 2014, in Biloxi, Mississippi. The meeting attracted approximately 200 participants from Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama in all areas of practice, including long-term care, hospital setting, academics, food service, and culinary arts.
During the event, representatives were able to tell the story of the nutrition benefits of peanuts to the attendees as they visited the booth and provide attendees with literature on heart health, diabetes, diabesity, recipes and even a sample bag of peanuts.
Malcolm Broome, MPGA executive director and Leslie Wagner, SPG executive director, worked the booth. Wagner was sponsored by MPGA as the presenter for a one-hour breakout session on the good nutrition of peanuts and peanut butter. Several of the attendees picked up the recipes that were available at the booth and many were not aware of peanuts being heart healthy and an ideal food for diabetics.