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Eat Peanut Butter

Americans spend almost $800 million a year on peanut butter so it’s obvious that we enjoy it.

Even though many people say it is a good source of protein, it actually is not. It is a fat. And while it is often referred to as a “healthy fat”, it is still a fat.

Does this mean we should avoid it?

Not exactly. There is really one type that is good for you.

Would it be regular peanut butter, reduced fat, or natural?

 

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Not the regular peanut butters.  Companies like Jif, Skippy, and Peter Pan took delicious, yummy peanut butter and added sugar and hydrogenated fats.

Not the reduced fat versions.  Those same companies removed the natural, healthy fat of the peanut and replaced it with trans fats, thickeners, and sugars just so they could boast a lower fat total on the label.  Clearly they missed the health benefits of their own product.

Look at the jars that display “Natural” on the front label, and read the ingredient list. If it includes anything other than peanuts and possibly salt, it is not natural.  You were misled. Oil doesn’t need to be added because this peanut butter already includes natural oil.

These are the peanut butters you should eat.

Natural peanut butter should be stored in the refrigerator, and do it upside to make it easier to blend in the oil that naturally separates. Otherwise, you will have one heck of a forearm work out trying to get it out of the jar!

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