Sunday, March 7, 2010

Not All Peanut Butters Are Created Equal

It took me a long time to find the perfect peanut butter - but I did!
There are certain foods that I will only eat organically and peanut butter is one of them. If you have ever tried to use natural peanut butters you might have been frustrated like me when you couldn't spread it easily on bread. There's an oil slick on the top when you first open the jar and you must store it in the fridge - making it impossible to spread.

Popular brands of peanut butter such as Skippy and Jif add sugar and partially hydrogenated oil (trans fats) to their products - even to their so-called 'Natural' versions. Don't be fooled by their use of the word natural - it's a bogus ad campaign.

Don't despair...there is hope!

I have tried every brand of organic, salted, creamy peanut butter you can find and here is what I discovered. Maranatha's creamy, salted & roasted organic peanut butter is the best!! It is made with peanuts and salt only and tastes delicious!
Organic versions that say 'Easy Spread' have added oil emulsified into them to make them easy to spread. I do not want to add any more oil to our diets, so I stick with the regular one. The key is to make sure you thoroughly mix all the oil into the peanut butter when you first open the jar. If you do this, you will not have any troubles spreading it even though you are storing it in the fridge. Maranatha makes a variety of delicious nut butters including almond and cashew and can be found in Whole Foods or other natural food stores.
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