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Today……I’m talking about how healthy Peanut Butter is!
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Peanut Butter is one of my favorite satisfying foods to eat.
Today, we take it for granted on how easy it is to go from the thought of… ”I feel like eating some peanut butter” ……… to either walking into the kitchen and opening up a jar or having it delivered to your door within 2 hrs. by ordering a jar on Amazon Pantry.
Peanut Butter is a healthy food and we have Four Men to thank for bringing us this delicious food we enjoy today
The four men are:
- Marcus Gilmore Edson of Canada,
- John Harvey Kellogg,
- Ambrose Straub of St. Louis, Missouri and
- chemist Joseph Rosefield.
In 1884, Marcus Edson developed a process to make peanut paste by “milling” roasted peanuts between two heated plates.
A year later, The famous cereal maker, Kellogg, received a patent for a technique he developed for making peanut butter with raw peanuts in 1895.
Dr. Straub is responsible for patenting a peanut butter making machine in 1903.
Peanut butter was introduced to audiences at the 1904 Universal Exposition in St. Louis at C.H. Sumner’s concession stand.
Now….96 years later… the man responsible for bringing us peanut butter the way we know and love today… was Joseph Rosefield.
In 1922, through homogenization, Rosefield was able to keep peanut oil from separating from the peanut solids. The rest they say……..is history!
Have you ever heard someone say……”They get along like oil and vinegar!
What that means….is that oil and vinegar generally don’t mix well together.
That’s why most Milk is HOMOGENIZED. The physical process breaks down the fat molecules in cream into smaller ones, so that the smaller fat molecules can spread evenly throughout the milk. This allows the cream and milk to stay together.
The same thing is done with Peanut Butter. HOMOGENIZATION allows the oil in peanut butter to mix with the crushed peanuts.
Rosefield later sold the patent to a company that began making Peter Pan peanut butter. Rosefield decided to go into the Peanut Butter business for himself …..selling the Skippy peanut butter brand through his Rosefield Packing Company.
He also supplied peanut butter for military rations during World War II
NOW……let’s take a look at different kinds of Peanut Butter.
I grew up on Skippy Peanut Butter or Jif Peanut Butter. Whichever my mom had a coupon for.
Now that I’m living a healthy lifestyle…..regular Skippy or Jif Peanut Butter wouldn’t be one of the healthiest choices to make.
Let’s take a look at a jar of Jiff creamy peanut butter……
Here are the ingredients…… Roasted Peanuts and Sugar. Contains 2% or less of……Molasses,.,,Fully Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil …..which means hydrogen is added to break down the fat molecules to produce a more solid saturated fat. The process of Fully hydrogenated produces NO TRANS FATTY ACIDS, which is less harmful to your body than Partially hydrogenated fats.
The serving size is 2 Tablespoons.
There are 190 calories per serving.
Total Fat is 16gms Contains 2.5 gms of saturated fat & there are NO Trans Fat.
Saturated fats are simply fats that stay solid at room temperature. We see mostly saturated fats in animal fat. The marbled fat you see in a steak or the fat on a piece of chicken.
Trans fats, which are also known as Trans Fatty Acids, when Hydrogen is added to the oil to help make it a solid. You see Trans Fats in Margarine or Crisco Oil.
There is NO Cholesterol …..one serving has 105mg of Sodium.
There are 8gms of Total Carbs…….there are 2gms of Fiber ……and……3gms of Sugar, which is ADDED.
There are 7 gms of Protein in a serving
Each serving contains ….20% Niacin…..10% Vitamin E …..4% Iron….and…..2% Riboflavin.
Since the Jiff Peanut Butter is Fully Hydrogenated…..you do not have to refrigerate it. You can store it in your pantry and the peanut butter will stay solid.
Now……let’s look at my favorite peanut butter.
I LOVE the brand “Once Again” The Once Again Company began in 1976 in rural Nunda, NY. The company is “Employee-Owned” I LOVE THAT!
I happen to love…. the Once Again Creamy Peanut Butter
Here are the ingredients: Dry Roasted Blanched Organic Peanuts, Salts.
That’s it. That’s the ingredients Peanut Butter should have ……Period!
No Fully Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil…….so that means the Oil and Peanut butter IS separated. You will need to “Stir” the Peanut Butter to mix the oil and peanut butter. I refrigerate the peanut butter after stirring and that helps keep the peanut butter a solid.
Now for the nutritional value …….
Serving Size is the same = 2 Tablespoons
There are 201 Calories per serving.
Total Fat is 16 gms
Saturated Fat is 3 gms and there is NO TRANS FATS
There is NO Cholesterol and each serving has 50mg of salt.
There are a total of 7gms of carbs…….2 gms of Fiber ….and…..2 gms of sugar.
There is 9 gms of Protein!
Each serving has … 10% Folate……4% Potassium…..4% Iron…. And 2% Calcium
If you are interested in buying “Once Again” Peanut Butter….. go to their website
You can buy Once Again products online at www.onceagainnutbutter.com
If you would rather shop and buy “Once Again” Peanut Butter at a local supermarket near you…….. you can buy it in a Whole Foods market or Sprouts…..or in a local Health Food store near you. If you are looking for a more “familiar” brand of Peanut Butter that is healthy for you…..I found that “Smuckers” Natural Creamy Peanut Butter” will pass the test.
Here’s the nutritional information on Smuckers
Smuckers Natural Creamy Peanut Butter.
PER 2 TBSP: 200 calories, 16 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 90 mg sodium, 6 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 8 g protein
Ingredients: Peanuts, contains 1% or less of salt
Made with no hydrogenated oils, this is the best mainstream brand of peanut butter on the market. You can find it any supermarket.
Eat Peanut Butter every day if you want. ONE Tablespoon right out of the jar always satisfies me …….. or you can put ½ to 1 Tablespoon into a smoothie.
You can always make a traditional Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich by using “Dave’s Killer Bread” and “Crofters” Organic Concord Grape Spread. With Organic Concord Grapes and 8gms of sugar compared to Welch’s Concord Grape Jelly which has 11gms of sugar per serving along with corn syrup and High Fructose Corn Syrup…..you need to read your labels in order to eat healthily! Crofters website is http://www.croftersorganic.com
In order to celebrate National Peanut Butter Day and EVERYDAY you want Peanut Butter……..grab a healthy jar and eat a Tablespoon Full!
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