Fun Food Fact #8: Peanuts Can Blow Your Mind..

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Peanuts are not just used to make peanut butter or peanut M&Ms, but are a key ingredient in some other interesting creations. Peanuts are used in biofuels, massage oil, and are even used in some insecticides because ants and other insects do not like the smell of peanut oil. Another use of peanuts which would seem unconventional to most is dynamite.

dynamite

Dynamite is three parts nitroglycerine and one part stabilizer. Nitrogylcerine is created by nitrating glycerol. Peanut oil is a source of glycerol. Therefore nitrating peanut oil, can provide the explosive part of dynamite. Aren’t peanuts “the bomb”?