Let’s start out with the good. Peanut butter is scrumptious, it’s cheap, it’s filling, and it’s everywhere. It’s a humble food choice and it’s been around for years. Believe it or not, the process for making peanut butter was patented back in 1884. In 1895, when Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (of cereal fame) opened his Battle Creek Sanitarium for people seeking improved health and well-being, he put peanut butter on the menu. There is some evidence that the ancient Aztecs enjoyed a peanut paste as a delicacy. So it’s reputation as a pleasurable food and a health food are matters of historical record.