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The Nut Butter Debate

nut butter I can about guarantee that most of you, if not all of you, have some sort of nut butter sitting on your shelf.  Nut butters are a great source of protein and a healthy snack option.  But not all nut butters are created equal.

Let’s dig deeper in to the most popular of the nut butters, peanut butter.  I grew up on Jif’s Creamy Peanut Butter.  Let’s just say, I’m glad I know now what I didn’t know then.

  • Ingredients:  MADE FROM ROASTED PEANUTS AND SUGAR, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: MOLASSES, FULLY HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OILS (RAPESEED AND SOYBEAN), MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, SALT.

That’s a lot of oil!  At least there’s a better choice of peanut butter out there these days.  In fact, this is my choice of readily available peanut butter; Smucker’s Natural Creamy Peanut Butter.

  • Ingredients:  PEANUTS, CONTAINS 1% OR LESS OF SALT.

Now, you might wonder why I choose the natural over the organic option that Smucker’s has.  It’s all in the ingredients.  The organic option’s first ingredient is ROASTED ORGANIC PEANUTSTo roast the peanuts, unless it says dry roasted, they have to use oil.  It doesn’t say what type of oil they use.  Tricky, I know!!

There are great options available made from other nuts as well.  I love to splurge and get sunflower seed butter once in a while.  But I also like to keep it simple.   I figure, any nut butter is a high fat food.  If I’m going to splurge and eat it, I want to know exactly what I’m eating.

With all of the options out there these days, you really have to be cautious of what you’re buying.  Here’s an example of tricky marketing.  This is what some companies are trying to pass off as healthy these days.  Sorry, Nutella, I’m going to pick on you.

  • Ingredients:  SUGAR, PALM OIL, HAZELNUTS, COCOA, SKIM MILK, REDUCED MINERALS WHEY (MILK), LECITHIN AS EMULSIFIER (SOY), VANILLIN: AN ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

Hazelnut is the third ingredient!  And I guess they didn’t think hazelnuts were oily enough; they had to add palm oil.  Not to mention the worst phrase ever: artificial flavor.  No thank you.

Let’s also take a look at PB2.  I wish I could say I like this product but I have a few issues with it.

  • Ingredients:  ROASTED PEANUTS, SUGAR AND SALT.

There’s that word again, ROASTED.  Not to mention they had to throw sugar into the mix.

This is what it boils down to; if you want to splurge and eat a high fat treat such as nut butters, look at the ingredients list not the nutritional values and enjoy it in moderation!  Or, there are local stores in the area that have machines available to make your own nut butter.  Go for it!  Then you’ll really know what it’s made of!