A really good peanut butter should have just two ingredients: peanuts (duh) and a pinch of salt. But today’s manufacturers—even the “all-natural” brands advertising themselves as healthy—pack their PBs with additives you simply don’t need. “Peanut butters are most often processed with hydrogenated oils and sugar, so make sure you check the label carefully,” cautions Stephanie Middleberg, MS, RD, CDN of Middleberg Nutrition. Here’s a look inside each jar.2 Tbsp serving: 180 calories, 15 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 100 mg sodium, 8 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 3 g sugars, 7 g protein
Ingredients: Peanuts, Dried Cane Syrup, Palm Fruit Oil, Salt
Peanuts are naturally filled with oils—and studies have found that the monounsaturated fats found in foods like nuts and olive oil are protective of brain health and function. So why does Peanut Butter & Co. add palm fruit oil to their crunchy and smooth blends? It helps with oil separation, stabilizing the mix. A better Q is, why do they add dried cane syrup? That’s code for sugar. Still, this is by far the best of the worst—read on. And blast even more fat with these 50 Ways to.
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