Nutrition and Labeling - Confused about Peanut Butter




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Sarah Mac
06-21-2008, 08:59 PM
I love peanut butter each morning on a 100 calorie english muffin. I get discouraged when I go look at the labels of the healthier peanut butters and they have more calories than JIF. Does it make a difference what type to eat. Will I get more benefits eating the healthier more calorie laden peanut butter or stick with my JIF.

Sounds silly but I get tweeked over it in the grocery store lol.


Salubrious Fervor
06-21-2008, 09:02 PM
I think I would be more worried about the sugar at that point than the calories.

chick_in_the_hat
06-21-2008, 09:29 PM
95 calories for a tablespoon for Jif? It's not that much different than natural peanut butter (105 cals for a tablespoon). IMHO the natural stuff is way better for you. Jif has a lot of sugar and other stuff. Plus you get a workout stirring up the natural stuff the first time. :D


chris313
06-21-2008, 09:37 PM
I buy Smuckers all natural PB. It has no sugar added and is delicious. You have to keep it in the fridge after you open it though. In MHO, I'd rather eat the all natural than Jif which has sugar and chemicals added.

snapless
06-21-2008, 10:02 PM
Two things I need to share with you. The first being a short story of how, a long time ago, I was a heavy peanut butter eater also (specifically Jif), and my husband bought small jars of 3 other kinds of peanut butter, blindfolded me, and had me taste each one. I couldn't tell the difference!

The second is the nutritional information from 3 different peanut butters.

Jif (2 tbsp)
- 190 calories
- 16 grams fat
- - 3 grams saturated fat
- - trans fat unknown
- 7 grams carbohydrates
- - 2 grams dietary fiber
- - 3 grams sugar
- 8 grams protein
- 150 mgrams sodium
- cholesterol unknown

Skippy "Natural" (2 tbsp)
- 180 calories
- 16 grams fat
- - 3.5 grams saturated fat
- - 0 grams trans fat
- 6 grams carbohydrates
- - 2 grams dietary fiber
- - 3 grams sugar
- 7 grams protein
- 150 mgrams sodium
- 0 grams cholesterol

Now you'll see there isn't a whole lot of difference between Skippy "Natural". 10 calories, .5 grams saturated fat, 1 gram carbs, 1 gram protein.

Fifty50 is a low glycemic peanut butter. On the rare occasions I eat peanut butter these days (low carb WOE), I use it.

Fifty50 (2 tbsp)
- 190 calories (yes, higher in calories than Skippy, but read on)
- 16 grams fat
- - 2 grams saturated fat
- - 0 grams trans fat
- 7 grams carbohydrates
- - 3 grams dietary fiber
- - 1 grams sugar
- 7 grams protein
- 0 mgrams sodium
- 0 grams cholesterol

Now, the day I get out of backwater Japan (I'm in such a hicksville if it weren't for the military base there would be more rice paddies than people) and I can actually SHOP again, I'll look for something even better...I know there has to be something out there even healthier for me than the Fifty50. So, try looking in your healthy food section? Try shopping at Whole Foods or someplace similar? I'm sure you can find a healthier alternative to Jif. :)

Sarah Mac
06-21-2008, 10:11 PM
Wow y'all are quick to the rescue! LOL.

I guess I do need to look at the other nutritional numbers because I usually just add calories up.

I will try to find the all natural kind and give the healthier kind a chance :D

Thank y'all for the quick responses!

ClaireFitz
07-22-2008, 05:25 PM
The most satisfying type of peanut butter is the one that contains the fewest ingredients, hopefully just peanuts. Its much better to look at ingredient lists than calories because your body will be able to process the food more efficiently if its natural.

KLK
07-22-2008, 05:36 PM
I *LOVE* peanut butter for a snack and I usually get either Skippy or JIF (creamy or chunky, it doesn't matter). I know that, among other not-so-great ingredients, there are hydrogenated oils in it and stuff, so I was looking for a natural alternative. I bought some natural peanut better, all excited about it, and I went home to have some.

Now you have to understand, I have one of the strongest stomachs on earth. I've vomitted MAYBE 6 times in my whole life, but the minute I tasted my all-natural peanut butter, I seriously thought I would throw up. It was unbelievably disgusting (and I did stir it).

I eat maybe two tablespoons of peanut butter 4 times a week, so I will keep my Skippy for the time being (unless someone can suggest a brand of natural peanut butter that actually resembles the standard kind).

Insatiable
07-22-2008, 05:47 PM
Just a thought, but my nutritionist recommended Almond butter. I was like :?:
She said peanut butter has more hydrogenated oils and sugar. Almond butter is a much better choice because it does not contain added ingredients or preservatives. It is packed with monounsaturated fats, which are good for the heart, and helps to control blood sugar.

I have to say I love PB just like the rest of us, but when I switched I am just as satified, I actually feel healthier with Almond butter. Almonds are one of the good nuts. I know it is a taste preference too. So just a thought. ;)

BTW, I can't stand all natural PB. It is just so blah and plain. Every time I buy it I throw it out.

Darkblue
07-23-2008, 12:49 AM
I like almond butter, too. One tablespoon on a piece of wheat bread, with a smear of red plum jam, keeps me going for a while.

kaplods
07-23-2008, 01:19 AM
I love almond butter and cashew butter, but not a big fan of peanut butter, especially the "regular" smooth kind. Crunchy is ok, and natural is better, but I really like the other nut butters much better. I tried macadamia butter once, but I didn't like it. It was way fattier than the other nut butters, and even draining didn't help. But I absolutely love to get the "grind your own" almond butter from the health food store. (If you don't like the texture of natural peanut butter, you won't like this either, though).

I've heard that you can get defatted peanut flour and make a paste with water (this is high in protein, but low in fat) and either use it as an imitation peanut butter or mix it with "real" peanut butter (natural or regular) to seriously cut the calories per tablespoon. I've also heard of people pureeing white or other mild tasting beans into a food processor and mixing with equal parts of peanut butter to make a "light" peanut butter.

Seems like a lot of work, and of course it wouldn't last very long, even in the fridge I wouldn't think, so it seems a big waste of beans and peanut butter, unless you're really eating a lot of peanut butter.

zenor77
07-23-2008, 04:23 AM
I've eaten natural peanut butter for so long (just peanuts on the ingredient list) that the "regular" kind grosses me out. It doesn't taste like peanuts to me.

Another problem, besides sugar, in processed peanut butters is that they add bad fat into some brands. Why does peanut butter need hydrogenated fats and sugar added?

nelie
07-23-2008, 08:40 AM
I am with you zenor. I've eaten natural peanut butter for so long (20 years?) that if i taste the 'regular' stuff, it tastes gross.

I love natural peanut butter. I'm not a big fan of almond butter but I love walnut butter.

Fat Chick B Gone
07-23-2008, 02:03 PM
I've eaten natural peanut butter for so long (just peanuts on the ingredient list) that the "regular" kind grosses me out. It doesn't taste like peanuts to me.


Dear god my roomie picked up the store brand (JIF knockoff) for me and it's killing me to eat it. Give me back my organic now!!

zenor77
07-23-2008, 02:54 PM
I'm not a big fan of almond butter but I love walnut butter.

Ooooh... where does one find walnut butter? Or do you make it? That sounds so yummy!

JerseyGyrl
07-23-2008, 03:11 PM
On the rare occasion I eat peanut butter...I like the Smart Balance Omega:
http://www.smartbalance.com/PeanutButterFamily.aspx

nelie
07-23-2008, 03:34 PM
I've heard that they do carry it in stores but I ordered it online and the brand is 'better than roasted'. They do soaked/raw nut butters and they are soooo good. Expensive though.

zenor77
07-24-2008, 04:06 PM
Thanks Nelie!

mountain mama
07-25-2008, 11:54 AM
It takes a couple times to get into the whole naural peanut butter kick. I didn't like it much at first.. but now I do! I can't imagine going back to the other!! Like anything.. give it a chance--it's not sooo bad~ :)

jillybean720
07-25-2008, 12:02 PM
I I eat maybe two tablespoons of peanut butter 4 times a week, so I will keep my Skippy for the time being (unless someone can suggest a brand of natural peanut butter that actually resembles the standard kind).
I second JerseyGyrl's recommendation for Smart Balance. It is still sweetened (with molasses instead of sugar), still has some salt, and still adds fat (the NON-hydrogenated kind--including flaxseed for Omegas).
Just a thought, but my nutritionist recommended Almond butter. I was like :?:
Someone else mentioned cashew butter--YUM! It is hands down my favorite nut butter. It is more dangerous for me to have in the house than peanut butter--I can easily sit and eat half a jar with just a spoon!

Sheila53
07-25-2008, 09:10 PM
I have a problems with overeating peanut butter, but I noticed that I will overeat Adams peanut butter (it's peanuts, oil, and salt, I think), but not the stuff I get at the local co-op, which is just peanuts that I grind. Not sure why that is--maybe a textural thing or the oil?? I do know that if my DH ate Jif or Skippy instead of Adams, I would have no problem at all with peanut butter. To me, they don't even have a peanut taste.

I've also bought the PB2, which is what Kaplods is describing, I think. It's great in smoothies and tastes pretty good reconstituted. Definitely less calories and fats, but pretty darned expensive. I still have a jar left so maybe I'll try mixing it with Adams. Or maybe I'll just leave the darned peanut butter alone!

chickybird
07-25-2008, 10:27 PM
KLK, the all natural stuff makes me ill too. way too oily. When I'm not dieting, I like reduced fat Jif. I'm okay with eating preservatives. I'm hoping they'll "preserve" my youthful skin.
When I'm doing WW, I like Better'n Peanut butter. Is it as good as the regular stuff? Maybe not. but it helps with the PB cravings, and is much lower in points and sodium than the other kinds. There's also none of that artificial sweetener stuff in it. (Before I get angry replies, there is nothing wrong with artificial sweeteners. I avoid them because I'm extremely allergic to them.)

BlueToBlue
07-26-2008, 04:16 AM
Count me in as a natural peanut butter fan. Skippy, Jif, et. al. don't taste right to me and they look gross--kind of slimy. Ick.

My current peanut butter Snaclite Power PB (http://www.gnc.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2761103&cp=2167100.3032666&parentPage=family), which is actually a blend of peanuts, wheat germ, and flax seed oil (it also has egg whites, honey, salt, and flax seeds). It is slightly lower in calories than regular PB (80 calories per tbsp as instead of 100), but it is packed with nutrition--about half the fat and saturated fat of regular or natural PB, twice the fiber, and 1.5 times the protein. I think it tastes like natural PB, so if you don't like natural PB, you won't like this either. But if you do like natural PB, you might give it a try. GNC sells it in their stores.

Taurie
07-26-2008, 05:29 AM
Well with the natural peanutbutter I like how the oil separates... I just dump the oil out. I measured out once and it was nearly 40 grams of oil (fat).

Natural peanut butter is good for you as opposed to the other stuff.

mountain mama
07-26-2008, 11:18 AM
I'm an oil dumper too :) Why not!

beautifulone
07-26-2008, 05:17 PM
Well with the natural peanutbutter I like how the oil separates... I just dump the oil out. I measured out once and it was nearly 40 grams of oil (fat).

Natural peanut butter is good for you as opposed to the other stuff.

I love natural peanut butter. How do you stir it without the oil, and even more so, how do you spread it on bread?

KLK, that is a very strong reaction, I almost wonder if it could have been that jar of PB? like perhaps it was spoiled somehow? then again, our tastes all differ :)

Have you guys tried hazelnut butter? Yummmmmmm!!!!! I also really like cashew butter and almond butter (sometimes). I've never had walnut butter - I don't like the taste of whole walnuts very much, but now I really want to try some walnut butter to see if I like that! And I've tried macademia, sunflower, and pumpkin seed butters and am not very fond of those either.

WaterRat
07-27-2008, 02:13 AM
I've gotten a jar of PB that was rancid - ewwwww. Put me off it for quite some time. :)

I don't know about straight hazelnut butter, but my DH loves Nutella - I don't, thank goodness....