Among the research findings:

• While 66 percent of respondents believe they are very or generally knowledgeable about nutrition and diet overall, only 33 percent say they are very or generally knowledgeable about plant-based diets. 

• 67 percent did not know that eating a more plant-based diet could help manage overeating and craving. 

• 38 percent said say they’re mostly or usually eating a plant-based diet today, with 68 percent admitting they definitely or probably should consume more plant-based foods.

• According to respondents, three challenges in particular make it difficult for them to eat a more plant-based diet: eating out or eating at other peoples’ homes, staying with a plant-based diet and finding tasty, enjoyable foods and recipes.

• Fewer than half (41 percent) of respondents said they are very or generally knowledgeable about nuts, their nutritional value or the role they play in eating a more plant-based diet.

Peanuts have over 30 nutrients and are packed with more protein than any nut — seven grams per ounce. When you combine nutrition and value, peanuts out perform all other nuts. They can be a nutrient-rich part of a tasty and healthy eating plan to help meet the USDA’s 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans in a variety ways:

• Choose a variety of protein-rich foods: With seven grams of protein per serving, peanuts have the most protein of any nut.

• Reduce daily sodium intake to less than 2,300 mg per day: Peanuts are naturally low in sodium.

• Consume less than 20 grams of unsaturated fat and consume less than 300 mg per day of dietary cholesterol: Peanuts contain two grams of unsaturated fat and peanuts and peanut butter are cholesterol free.

The national opinion survey of 1,000 U.S. adults age 18 and older was conducted Feb. 2-4, 2011 and drawn from TolunaGreenfield Online’s panel of 3 million Americans. Results have a ±3.5 percent margin of error at 95 percent confidence.