I was writing a Facebook post on my Josh Spencer Fitness page about the healthiest organic peanut butter brands and realized after doing some research on Google that most of the recommendations were terrible. The search results brought up numerous brands that claimed to be healthy, but in reality weren’t even close to it. I now feel it’s my responsibility to clear things up and make sure you are guided in the right direction when it comes to your healthy peanut butter options.
Food companies have gotten tricky these days. There has been a movement over the past decade or so with people looking for healthier options to their favorite foods. Instead of actually coming out with healthier options, a lot of companies have changed the words and labels to make others think they are healthy. Most of the “healthy” terms that these companies are using aren’t even regulated, basically meaning they can add in whatever they want. “Natural” is one of those terms, especially when it comes to peanut butter. Just because it’s labeled as “natural” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good for you. Sure, it sounds healthier, but that doesn’t mean shit. I’ve seen a lot of “natural” labeled peanut butter brands that contain many terrible ingredients. “Organic” is one of the terms that is regulated, but you still have to be careful because there are organic ingredients that still aren’t that good for you. In the end, it’s your responsibility to research what is in the food you buy. Eventually you will get to the point where I’m at where you have a good understanding of good VS bad ingredients.
I’m a peanut butter addict. I mean seriously, if I could eat a whole jar of peanut butter a day I would, but obviously that wouldn’t be the smartest thing to do since peanut butter is loaded with calories. Speaking of which, that is one of the “downfalls” of peanut butter, the high calorie content. I quote “downfalls” because the high calorie content could be detrimental or beneficial, just based on your individual goals and ability to control how much you eat. If someone is trying to consume 1,800 calories per day, for example, and can’t control how much peanut butter they eat, it would be considered a “downfall.” It could easily get to the point where they are consuming half or more of their total calories just in peanut butter alone. On the other hand, for someone that isn’t too worried about calories and is trying to gain mass, the high calorie content can be a good thing. In the end, just be smart about how much you consume. A serving of peanut butter is right around 200 calories. I normally have right around 1-2 servings per day.
Unhealthy Peanut Butter Ingredients
When I first started making a healthy shift in my lifestyle and began researching the healthiest organic peanut butter brands, I constantly came across ones that contained ingredients that I learned to stay away from. Here are a list of those ingredients:
- Palm Oil
- Hydrogenated Oil
- Salt (unless it’s sea salt)
- Corn Syrup
Healthiest Organic Peanut Butter Brands
Now it’s time to get to the healthiest organic peanut butter brands. These are the ones that I personally use.
Whole Foods Fresh Ground Organic Peanut Butter
We are Whole Foods addicts. We love the place. One of the reasons is because of their healthy peanut butter options. Not only do they carry a lot of great brands in jars, they also have their own machines that you can use to get your own fresh ground peanut butter. Ingredients? Just fresh ground peanuts.
MaraNatha Organic Peanut Butter
MaraNatha is one of the healthiest organic peanut butter brands. When the option for fresh ground peanut butter isn’t there, like when we travel, this is usually our go to. The ingredients are peanuts and sea salt.
Simple Truth Organic Peanut Butter
Just like with MaraNatha, the only two ingredients are peanut butter and sea salt. That’s how it should be.
Smucker’s Organic Peanut Butter
Just like the previous two, Smucker’s also makes a great peanut butter than contains only peanuts and salt.
There are a few other good options out there, but these are the most popular ones that you will find in stores and that taste the best. Hopefully I was able to help you find the healthiest organic peanut butter brands. Oh and one more thing. It’s very common for the oil to be sitting at the top of the jars in organic peanut butter. Just stir it in. Enjoy!