Who invented peanut butter?
John Harvey Kellogg
While often attributed to George Washington Carver – the renowned botanist who focused on peanuts in much of his work – the invention of peanut butter as we know it today can be traced more to Dr. John Harvey Kellogg. The creator of Kellogg’s cereal patented a process in 1895 for creating peanut butter from raw peanuts, marketing the resulting concoction as a nutritious protein substitute for people suffering from toothaches and jaw ailments that might prevent them from eating solid foods. Source: National Peanut Board
John Harvey Kellogg, M.D. was an American medical doctor in Battle Creek, Michigan, who ran a sanitarium using holistic methods, with a particular focus on nutrition, enemas, and exercise.
Kellogg was an especially strong proponent of nuts, which he believed would save mankind in the face of decreasing food supplies. Though mainly renowned nowadays for his development of corn flakes, Kellogg also patented a process for making peanut butter and invented healthy “granose biscuits.”
Died: 14 December 1943, Battle Creek, Michigan, United States
Spouse: Ella Eaton (m. 1879–1920)
Children: Agnes Grace Kellogg, Elizabeth Ella Kellogg, more
Siblings: Will Keith Kellogg, Clara Butler