How to Choose a Peanut Butter

How to choose a peanut butter:

Peanut butter is a great choice for a snack, whether you devour it from a spoon like I often do or have it with vegetables or fruits.  One teaspoon of peanut butter is usually around 90 to 100 calories and around 8 g of protein.  However, choosing the correct peanut butter is key. 

Many brands have a lot of additives and preservatives, so you are able to keep them in your shelves for a long time.  Some also add hydrogenated oils, if you have ever compared natural peanut butter to Skippy of Jiff, the natural peanut butter usually has oil that has pooled on the top where Skippy and Jiff do not, that is due to the added hydrogenated oils which prevents that oil pooling.



This compares the labels of Skippy reduced fat creamy peanut butter, Skippy “natural” peanut butter, and Ted’s All-Natural Old-Fashioned peanut butter.  Looking at the ingredients in original Skippy peanut butter that so many adults and children consume, there are so many ingredients in there that most cannot even pronounce.  Many of which are preventing the separation of the oil but why not choose an option that has less additives and just stir your peanut butter before you consume it.  As you can see it’s a better choice to choose Skippy Natural over the original kind, but it still has sugar and palm oil added in.  So, the best choice would be Ted’s.  Now this isn’t me trying to say that you need to go out and buy Ted’s brand, but rather to show you how important it is to read the labels before purchasing food.  Also, just because it says that it is natural does not mean it will not have some extra added ingredients.

To conclude, peanut butter is a great snack choice for everyone, but it is important to keep your eyes on the ingredient list before purchasing.  I know that in some stop and shops they even have a machine that you can put in the peanuts and grind them up right then and there, so you know exactly what is going into your peanut butter!

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