Understanding Labels – peanut butter

Peanut butter is peanut butter….. right?  WRONG !!skippy

From Skippy’s own website, here is a list of ingredients in their original peanut butter.

INGREDIENTS: ROASTED PEANUTS, SUGAR, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OILS (COTTONSEED, SOYBEAN AND RAPESEED) TO PREVENT SEPARATION, SALT

NOW LOOK WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU CHOSE THE LOW FAT VERSION:

INGREDIENTS: ROASTED PEANUTS, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, SUGAR, SOY PROTEIN, SALT, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OILS (COTTONSEED, SOYBEAN AND RAPESEED) TO PREVENT SEPARATION, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, MINERALS (MAGNESIUM OXIDE, ZINC OXIDE, FERRIC ORTHOPHOSPHATE, COPPER SULFATE), VITAMINS (NIACINAMIDE, PYRIDOXIDE HYDROCHLORIDE, FOLIC ADIC).

THIS IS WHY WE HAVE CHOSEN TO GO BACK TO THE FULL FAT VERSION OF PRODUCTS.  When choosing low fat or non fat versions they are filled with other chemicals and preservatives to make up for the loss of taste or texture when removing the fat.

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Now take a look at the ingredients in Smucker’s Natural Peanut butter.  The ONLY ingredient is peanuts and some salt.  Even better is to find an ORGANIC peanut butter with only one ingredient.

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There is no need for all those horrible chemicals and preservatives to be in your peanut butter.  Yes it separates!  Yes you have to stir it!  Are we really that lazy that we have convinced peanut butter manufacturers we can’t stir our own peanut butter anymore?

Do we really need that LIST of chemicals to be added just so we don’t have to STIR??

I encourage you to be a label reader.  ALWAYS look at the ingredients BEFORE how many calories are in it.  It’s not the calories that are killing this country – it’s all the processed garbage we’ve added to CUT calories.

Which would you rather have?  The peanut butter you have to take a minute to stir but only has one ingredient in it or the other version that has 15 ingredients?  You decide.

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