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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.

Why is it a fat?

Peanut butter is considered a fat because the majority of its calories come from fat. There may be a few grams of protein or carbs, but those comprise much less of its total calories than the calories from fat.

 

Should you stop eating peanut butter?

No. Fat is not the enemy.

However, do you know which type of peanut butter is the best for you?

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

 

jars of peanut butter on grocery store shelves

Regular peanut butter? No. Companies like Jif, Skippy, and Peter Pan took delicious, yummy peanut butter and added sugar and hydrogenated fats.

Reduced fat versions? No. 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.

The answer is…

Natural peanut butter. 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.

Natural peanut butters are the peanut butters you should eat. They do not need to be organic. Choosing to eat organic foods can be different than choosing foods that are nutritionally good for you. For instance, organic cookies are still cookies!

Quick tip: Natural peanut butter should be stored in the refrigerator, and place it upside down 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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