Peanut butter is a best friend to our breakfast and snacks. In the morning, it goes great on top of a whole grain toast and in your oatmeal and smoothies. Between meals, peanut butter can be spread on fruits like apples and bananas and even on celery sticks (hello, ants on a log). But when you shop for peanut butter, there are a lot of options on the shelf. How do you know which one to choose?
What to Look for in Peanut Butter
There are three things to look for:
See below for comparisons of three brands: Laura Scudder's All Natural, Justin's Classic, and Skippy Creamy.
You'll find Laura Scudder's has the least amount of sugar and can be classified as natural since it contains only peanuts and salt. Justin's has the least amount of sodium but cannot be classified as natural since it contains palm oil. Skippy's has a few extra ingredients including added sugar, hydrogenated oil, and salt.
Although a bit of added sugar in peanut butter helps sweeten it up a bit, you'll be surprised with the results if you spread natural peanut butter on toast and fruits. It will be sweet already from the fruits you're spreading it on. So good!
Peanut butter contains protein and is a good source of monounsaturated fats and vitamin E.
If you happen to use any of these tips as you shop for peanut butter next time, tell me about your experience!
Jane the Dietitian
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Jane Pelcher, RDN
I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist focused on helping everyone love nutrition through cooking! My blogs provide new home cooks with basic cooking skills and grocery shopping tips. Most importantly, I strive to teach the nutrition behind the foods you cook to help you understand how specific foods can better your health and prevent chronic diseases. I hope you embark on this journey with me!