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Peanut Butter Is Made From Peanuts, Right?

Peanut butter is quite possibly a perfect food. You can buy it just about anywhere, it's tasty, and a great source of protein.

But beware - not all peanut butters are created equal. You want to make sure you're buying the natural kind - we're talking just peanuts. Other brands you grew up with like Jif and Skippy contain sugar, hydrogenated vegetable oil and a stabilizer to keep the oil from separating. Gross.

In the U.S., peanut butter must contain at least 90% peanuts to be called peanut butter. That's why some companies call theirs peanut spread.

You can buy natural peanut butter at health food stores. Look for the jars that have the oil separated on the top - that's the good stuff. Or some stores sell peanut butter in bulk, so the oil is already mixed in for you.

Fit's Tip: I'll admit - it's annoying when you open the jar, and the oil is separated on the top. When you try to mix it up, the oil overflows and spills everywhere. Try warming the opened jar a little bit in the microwave - then it's easier to mix.

mwah-mwah mwah-mwah 7 years
nutella? is nutella healthy?
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
It's really a great trick. I also do that with Nutella, also another food that I couldn't sacrifice....!!
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
Wow, I think that little tip just added so much value to my life and I'm NOT being sarcastic. Note to self: STORE.THE.JAR.UPSIDE.DOWN What the hell have I been doing all these years? I feel so dumb LOL
DStirk DStirk 10 years
storing it upside down is genius! why did i never think of that?
bpjedi bpjedi 10 years
I do the "storing upside-down" thing with my natural peanut butter, too. Once I've opened it, I mix it up--without getting oil everywhere since it is at the bottom--and then put it in the 'frige. Natural pb should be refrigerated, and storing it there prevents the oil from separating a second time. I used to think that natural pb was strange, as I grew up on Jiff and Skippy. However, now that I'm used to it, non-natural peanut butter tastes sort of plasticy and weird, at least as actual food and not candy (ie, I still eat the occasional Reeses Peanut Butter Cup) I think I'll have some pb on toast right now... all this talk has gotten me a little hungry!
martini-queenie martini-queenie 10 years
I love at whole foods where you can actually grind you own peanut (or almond... yum) butter. then you can put it in a larger container so that its easier and less messy to mix up.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
I don't have natural peanut spread. I get Skippy a lot of the time. But I learned that storing the container upside down helps the oil settle to the bottom. Just turn it upright when you want to use it, then keep it upside down for the rest of the time. But I'm interested in trying the peanut spread...
Samanna42 Samanna42 10 years
Skippy makes a new natural peanut butter that you don't have to stir. Apparently they use palm oil which eliminates oil separation. I'm not sure the health facts on this, but no stirring gets an A+ in my books.
purplesugar purplesugar 10 years
Oh I LOVE peanut butter!....but I'm hooked on Jif and I didn't really want to hear this...
SunshineDaydream SunshineDaydream 10 years
Peanut butter is my diet downfall...I'm ADDICTED!!!
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
Cams, I love PB&J Company! The Cinnamon Raisin is soooo yummy. I just bought their "regular" peanut butter, and they leave extra room at the top for the "mixing"! It was hard switching to that from Jif, my old fav, but the natural is so much better for you.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
I eat me some Teddy's Peanutbutter!
cams cams 10 years
Awesome tip about heating it up. I'll have to try it next time, I hate getting oil everywhere. Have you tried peanut butter from the "peanut butter and Jelly Co"? They have awesome flavors like Cinnamon Raisin (my fav), White Chocolate, and Hazlenut? Theres no Hydrogenated oil either.
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