Posted by Rachel on:
There are many types of peanut butter and it's difficult to know which ones to buy. So, here are a few things to consider before buying your Jiffy or your Skippy.
Jif- contains the following ingredients:
Made from roast peanuts and sugar. Contains 2 percent or less of: molasses, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil(soybean), fully hydrogenated vegetable oils (rapeseed and soybean), mono-and diglycerides and salt.
Why is this brand not good for you?
Because if contains SUGAR and PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED OIL
Well, too much SUGAR special refined sugar can do many of the following:
-Depletes vital Vitamins and Minerals
-Suppress the Immune System
-Can cause Hypoglycemia and Candida (yeast overgrowth)
-Contributes to Obesity, Diabetes, insulin resistance, Gallstones, and Asthma
What are HYDROGENATED fats?
Hydrogenation is a mixture of polyunsaturated fats with hydrogen, changing their biochemical structure. Making it harder for your body to digest, absorb, transmit and utilize properly. They act like saturated fats in the body and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Skippy- contains the following ingredients:
Roasted peanuts, sugar, partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (cottonseed, soybean and rapeseed) to prevent separation, salt.
Again, this brand is similar to Jif and it's not considered to be a healthy choice.
Because of the SUGAR, HYDROGENATED OILS and SOYBEAN OIL. Unless you know that soybeans are organic, they could be potentially GM (genetically modified).
Trader Joe's Creamy Salted(or Unsalted) Peanut Butter- contains the following ingredients:
Dry roasted peanuts, and salt
Why is this brand a better choice?
Because it goes through minimal processing. There are no additives, and no added sugar.
Raw Peanut Butter- contains the following ingredients:
Why is this good?
Because it is the freshest way to eat real peanut butter. It truly is a “whole food” when you eat it in this way. It can be made by using a food processor or buy them freshly ground at your local health food store.
*I would recommend that you take a look at the ingredients and the price of peanut butter then next time you go shopping. The popular name brands are often more expensive than a Trader Joe’s or a local health food store. Skippy is at $3.59 while Trader’s is $1.79 and if organic it’s $2.99.....your choice!