Peanut butter is loved by many kids and adults because of its deliciousness and versatility. For us Filipinos, mornings and meriendas with hot pandesal slathered a good amount of peanut butter translates to happiness. We also enjoy a good quality peanut butter in our kare-kare.
A good jar of peanut butter offers a fantastic nutritional profile. However, most commercially-available peanut butter is considered unhealthy because of the additives that it contain. Down below, we prepared a guide on how to choose the best peanut butter. Keep on reading to know our picks of the bunch, and for an easy homemade peanut butter recipe!
Standing at the aisle of the grocery or looking at peanut butter from online stores, you are faced with many different labels like natural, reduced-fat, and many more. How do you know the best option for you? Let's take a look at the things to consider when buying peanut butter.
Peanut butter is one of the best foods because it is packed with nutrients. Generally speaking, the healthiest peanut butter is just made with one ingredient – roasted ground peanuts.
Unless you make your own, it is quite hard to find one that’s made of 100% peanuts because most of the commercially available peanut butter contains other ingredients such as salt, sugar, and hydrogenated oils which make it unhealthy.
Even if the label on the front says “natural”, that doesn’t exactly mean that the peanut butter doesn’t contain additives. A foolproof way to know what you’re putting in your body is by making it a habit to check the label and ingredient list.
Real natural peanut butter only uses peanuts and some salt, no added sugar, and hydrogenated oils. Often times, there is a layer of separated oil that sits on top. There's nothing to worry about this! You can just stir it right back in again.
Peanut butter naturally contains healthy mononunsaturated fats that are good for the body, especially for the heart. You might think that a reduced-fat option is better for you, but it is actually the opposite. Although fat content is decreased, these types contain more sugar and fillers.
This is a debatable topic among peanut butter lovers that can never be settled. When it comes to texture or consistency, each one has their own preference.
Chunky peanut butter contains some bits of nuts which give it a slight crunch while smooth peanut butter is creamier, easy to spread, and most kids prefer this type.
Smooth or chunky, sweet or salty - we've got a list of the best peanut butter perfect for your pandesal, kare-kare, and other foods!
|Ingredients||Roasted Peanuts, Coconut Sap Sugar|
|Ingredients||Hi-Oleic Peanuts 99.1%, Sea Salt 0.9%|
|Ingredients||Roasted Peanuts, Muscovado Sugar, Sea Salt, Olive Oil|
|Ingredients||Peanuts, Cane Sugar, Iodized Salt|
|Ingredients||Roasted Peanuts, Sugar, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Cottonseed, Soybean and Rapeseed Oil) to Prevent Separation, Salt|
|Ingredients||Peanuts, Organic Coconut Sugar, Ground Cinnamon, Himalayan Pink Sea Salt|
|Ingredients||Peanuts, Coconut Sugar, Virgin Coconut Oil, Sea Salt|
|Ingredients||Peanuts, Muscovado Sugar, Salt, Olive Oil|
Crunchy Peanut Butter
The Good Peanut Butter
Original Roast Crunchy Peanut Butter
Original Muscovado Peanut Butter
Classic Peanut Butter
Creamy Peanut Butter
Coco Sugar Peanut Spread
Cinnamon Peanut Butter
Creamy All Natural Peanut Butter
All Natural Peanut Butter
|Features||Just 99.5% Peanuts and a To...||Good in Flavor and Good for...||Creamy With Big Crunchy Pieces||Basic, Natural, and Preserv...||A Classic Filipino Househol...||A Worldwide Favorite||Sweet yet Healthy Peanut Bu...||Sweet, Creamy, with a Kick ...||Irresistible and Guilt-Free||Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter|
|Amount||195 g||400 g||295 g||270 g||504 g||1.36 kg||250 g||340 g||240 g||300 g|
|Ingredients||Peanuts, Salt||Roasted Peanuts, Coconut Sap Sugar||Hi-Oleic Peanuts 99.1%, Sea Salt 0.9%||Roasted Peanuts, Muscovado Sugar, Sea Salt, Olive Oil||Peanuts, Cane Sugar, Iodized Salt||Roasted Peanuts, Sugar, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Cottonseed, Soybean and Rapeseed Oil) to Prevent Separation, Salt||-||Peanuts, Organic Coconut Sugar, Ground Cinnamon, Himalayan Pink Sea Salt||Peanuts, Coconut Sugar, Virgin Coconut Oil, Sea Salt||Peanuts, Muscovado Sugar, Salt, Olive Oil|
Making peanut butter is not as hard as you think. In fact, you only need 2 or 3 ingredients, a blender or a food processor. Try making this easy and healthy peanut butter recipe to impress your family and friends!
Peanuts are included in one of the top eight foods that can cause allergic reactions. Peanut allergies usually develop from early childhood and could last for a one person's lifetime.
If you have a baby who's around 6 months old and want to introduce to peanut butter for the first time, it is highly recommended to consult a doctor first and get an allergy test.
If your doctor then gives a green light, give your baby peanut butter that is light and smooth. Do not serve thick and crunchy peanut butter because might lead to choking.
If you're looking for more ways of using your peanut butter, try making your homemade desserts with these other product recommendations.
Choosing the best peanut butter should be a breeze if you know the things to consider. To go for the healthier option, always check the list of ingredients and steer clear from added sugar and hydrogenated oils. In addition, don't fall for gimmicks such as reduced-fat, low, or light labels. Full fat is the better way to go, but remember to consume it in moderation.
Author: Issa Honda
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