Teach your Kids Tuesday: It’s Peanut Better, Jelly Time! Wait! What? Peanut Butter?

The peanut butter and jelly sandwich….who didn’t grow up eating one of those once in awhile? It’s one of those things that are great at any age. Peanut butter or any nut butter for that matter can be such a comforting food and a great addition to so many recipes, not just a kid food. So how do you know if your nut butter sucks?

There are many many different brands of peanut butter available now and it can be overwhelming at the store and you most likely gravitate towards the price to get something affordable. I will say that with nut butter spreads of all kinds, you get what you pay for.

Let’s take a look at regular JIF peanut butter

I am seeing more than just peanuts on the ingredients…can anyone explain to me what fully hydrogenated vegetable oils are?  Hydrogenation is a chemical process that converts liquid oil into solid fat. They contain saturated fat in the form of stearic acid. I am also seeing mono and diglycerides, these are emulsifying agents used to keep the oils from separating so you get this nice creamy peanut butter paste essentially. Unlike the natural separation of oils that occurs when you see naturally made nut butters. I also see that they have added sugar as well as molasses to sweeten it up even more.

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Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size 2 Tbsp (32g) 
  • Amount per Serving
  • Calories 190
  • Calories from Fat 13g
  • % Daily Value*
  • Total Fat 16g 24% 
  • Saturated Fat 2.5g 13%
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 140mg 6%
  • Total Carbohydrate 8g 3% 
  • Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
  • Sugars 3g
  • Protein 7g
  • Iron 4%
  • Vitamin E 10%
  • Riboflavin 2%
  • Niacin 20%

Ingredients:

MADE FROM ROASTED PEANUTS AND SUGAR, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: MOLASSES, FULLY HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OILS (RAPESEED AND SOYBEAN), MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, SALT.

Now let’s take a look at Smuckers natural peanut butter. Wow the only ingredients are peanuts and salt. This is something I can feel good about eating.

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 Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size: 2 Tbsp (32g)
  • Servings Per Container About 23
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories 210
  • Calories from Fat 140
  • % Daily Value*
  • Total Fat 16g 25%
  • Saturated Fat 2.5g 12%
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 4.5g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 9g
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 90mg 4%
  • Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
  • Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
  • Sugars 1g
  • Protein 7g
  • Vitamin A 0%
  • Vitamin C 0%
  • Calcium 0%
  • Iron
  • Ingredients: Peanuts, salt

The bottom line is, while shopping you want to look for the least amount of ingredients possible in your food. The more junk they put in there the cheaper they are making your food.  It  is turning from real food into a food like product. If someone in your family has a peanut allergy try out one of the many other nut spreads such as

Almond butter, Walnut butter, Cashew butter, Hazelnut butter.

There are quite a few options out there now that  you can switch it up with just keep in mind the shorter the ingredient list the better!

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