Peanut butter is one of my FAVORITE things. BUT, it can be tricky to find the right brand! The wrong one can pack tons of unnecessary sugar and unhealthy oils that you didn’t even realize you were eating if you didn’t bother to turn the jar around and read the label!
My tips for finding the right peanut butter brand!
- Avoid “Low-Fat” or “Reduced Fat” varieties - The “fat” is usually replaced with sugar, unhealthy oils and other chemicals to make up for the lack of fat and taste. This winds up being WORSE for you than the regular fat kind. Don’t fall prey to the “low fat” scam.
- Choose NATURAL PB - It is found among the crappy Jif and Skippy brands (No, “natural” Jif is not really “natural”.. it’s just labeled that way to trick you into thinking it’s healthier). The REAL natural kind will have oil resting on the top and will need to be refrigerated once opened.. but the health benefits outweigh the whole, having-to-put-it-in-the-fridge thing.
- The only ingredient should be peanuts. There should be no “sugar” or “hydrogenated oils” or “palm oil” or “molasses” or “honey” on the ingredient list on the label… if there is… steer clear! The kind that usually has these adders is the “no stir” variety.
- The lower the sodium, the better! - Sodium causes bloating and water retention. Look for a variety with a low sodium count. There are often “No salt added” options!
A few brands I know of that have good natural options: Maranatha, Adams, Laura Scudders and Trader Joe’s Brand. (I’m sure there are plenty more, I just can’t think of them off hand). READ THE LABELS at the market!!! =)
Reblogging but I don’t know if I can switch… I’m so addicted to JIF.