Peanut Butter. A wholesome staple. I would go as far to say it's the backbone of our American diets. Who doesn't reach for a jar of peanut butter when they need a quick fix, a spoon-- or many spoons-- full of happiness. Think back to your early years. Doesn't it smell like peanut butter? What's a childhood without some peanut butter and jellies? A fake childhood. Unless you are allergic to peanuts, and if you are, I am truly sorry. But really, peanut butter is probably one of the greatest things this place has to offer. Besides the obvious reason that peanut butter just tastes so good, here are 9 more reasons why peanut butter is better than sliced bread.

1. Wholesome protein source.

Look at the ingredients list of peanut butter. (The good kinds keep it simple.) Just peanuts, and maybe a few other little hints of something to jazz it up. In this crazy life we live, it's refreshing to see something be what it actually is. Simple, delicious, AND an inexpensive source of protein? Win, win, win.

2. It has fueled America for more years than you can count.

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It was gold during the Great Depression, providing a cheap way to fill hungry bellies. It kept the homeland going strong during World War II. PB has stood the test of time.

3. Useful beyond curbing your hunger.

In modern-day America, peanut butter got its start as an oil to help dental problems. PB can even get gum out of your hair, or it can be used to slather up your little sibling like this iconic vine.

Now if that little baby had been covered in tomato sauce, it probably wouldn't be that funny.

4. Nothing goes better together than PB&J.

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Saving young children's bellies and college student's budgets since whenever. You know when you open the cupboard, one thing is for sure; peanut butter will be sitting there with a loving, slightly-ajar lid. 

5. So much variety!

Chunky or creamy, and now you can even get it whipped. Heck, it even comes in a powder. Peanut butter compliments so many flavors well: vanilla, chocolate, banana, honey, cinnamon, cookie dough, Nutella... I could go on forever.

6. Another classic combo: Peanut butter and chocolate.

Need I say more?

7. Peanut butter is for the plain and boujee.

Peanut butter can be a decadent topping, an ingredient in a meal, or it can be slapped onto a piece of white toast. Peanut butter wants to be what you want it to be.

8. Cuddling up with a jar of peanut butter.

Time well spent is time spent spooning with your jar of PB. But who even needs spoons these days when you have ten fingers!

9. Bringing long lost sisters together since '98.

The bottom line is peanut butter has always been there for you and will always be there for you. Besides, real bread tastes better freshly cut.