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Is your peanut butter really peanut butter?

December 4th, 2012 | no comments

 

Merriam Webster defines peanut butter as a paste made by grinding roasted, skinned, and degermed peanuts. Now, go to your pantry, pull out your beloved jar of Jif, Peter Pan, Smucker’s or Skippy and spin it around to look at the list of ingredients. If it’s true peanut butter,you will only see ‘PEANUTS’ and maybe a little bit of salt. If you spot any of the following words, I’m afraid you’ve been eating peanut spread all of these years:

  • SUGAR
  • PALM OIL
  • MOLASSES
  • FULLY HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OILS
  • MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES (food additives)
  • CORN SYRUP SOLIDS

Also, don’t be fooled by peanut butters that are labeled ‘Reduced Fat or ‘Natural.’ Both sound healthy but ‘Reduced Fat’ usually translates to “we took out some fat and added more sugar” and ‘Natural’ doesn’t really mean ‘good for you.’ After all, sugar itself is natural. For example, Jif Natural Peanut Butter lists ‘SUGAR’ as the second ingredient! If you are looking for a true peanut butter, stick with:

  • Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter (Most grocery stores)
  • 365 Creamy Peanut Butter (Whole Foods)
  • Trader Joe’s Organic Creamy Peanut Butter (Trader Joe’s)
  • Fresh ground peanut butter from your local grocery store

Forget the fact that true peanut butter is better for you…the best part about it is you usually end up eating less because of the intense peanut flavor. I’ll admit, give me a spoon and a jar of Jif or Peter Pan and I can go to town! Not so with a jar of Smucker’s—one tablespoon is plenty. The difference? No sugar! Remember, added sugars in food trigger you to eat more!

 

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