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6 of the Healthiest Peanut Butters

Below are 6 healthy traditional peanut butter brands, in no particular order.

1. Crazy Richard’s 100% Peanuts All Natural Peanut Butter

This brand offers creamy and crunchy peanut butter, both of which contain only one ingredient.

Ingredients: Peanuts.

Here is the nutrition information per 2 tablespoons (32 grams):

  • Calories: 180
  • Protein: 8 grams
  • Total fat: 16 grams
  • Saturated fat: 2 grams
  • Carbs: 5 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Sugar: 2 grams

You can buy both creamy and crunchy versions in select stores and online.

2. 365 Everyday Value Organic Peanut Butter, Unsweetened & No Salt

Note that this brand also has a creamy, unsweetened variety that contains palm oil and sea salt.

Ingredients: Dry roasted organic peanuts.

Here is the nutrition information per 2 tablespoons (32 grams):

  • Calories: 200
  • Protein: 8 grams
  • Total fat: 17 grams
  • Saturated fat: 2.5 grams
  • Carbs: 7 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Sugar: 1 gram

This product is available in select stores and online.

3. Trader Joe’s Creamy No Salt Organic Peanut Butter, Valencia

Note that this brand offers several peanut butter products, including no-stir peanut butter spreads that contain powdered sugar. Some of the other Valencia peanut butters also contain added salt.

Ingredients: Organic Valencia peanuts.

Here is the nutrition information per 2 tablespoons (32 grams):

  • Calories: 200
  • Protein: 8 grams
  • Total fat: 15 grams
  • Saturated fat: 2 grams
  • Carbs: 7 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Sugar: 2 grams

This peanut butter can be purchased at Trader Joe’s or online.

4. Adams 100% Natural Unsalted Peanut Butter

Both the creamy and crunchy unsalted varieties of this product contain peanuts as the only ingredient.

Ingredients: Peanuts.

Here is the nutrition information per 2 tablespoons (32 grams):

  • Calories: 190
  • Protein: 8 grams
  • Total fat: 16 grams
  • Saturated fat: 3 grams
  • Carbs: 7 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Sugar: 2 grams

You can find both the unsalted creamy and crunchy versions at select stores and online.

5. MaraNatha Organic Peanut Butter

When choosing this brand, look for peanut butter that has the organic label and specifically states “stir & enjoy.” Several other products from this brand contain palm oil and sugar, including some labeled “natural” and “organic no-stir.”

Ingredients: 100% organic dry roasted peanuts, salt.

Here is the nutrition information per 2 tablespoons (32 grams):

  • Calories: 190
  • Protein: 8 grams
  • Total fat: 16 grams
  • Saturated fat: 2 grams
  • Carbs: 7 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Sugar: 1 gram

When you look for this brand locally or online, be sure to search for the “stir & enjoy” variety if you want to avoid palm oil and other ingredients.

6. Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butter

This brand offers both dark roasted and light roasted varieties that come in creamy or crunchy versions and contain minimal ingredients. You may want to avoid “no-stir” varieties, as these contain palm oil.

Ingredients: Organic roasted peanuts, salt.

Here is the nutrition information per 2 tablespoons (32 grams):

  • Calories: 180
  • Protein: 8 grams
  • Total fat: 16 grams
  • Saturated fat: 2 grams
  • Carbs: 5 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Sugar: 1 gram

You can purchase products from this brand in select stores or online.

SUMMARY

6 healthy peanut butters are listed above. They contain minimal ingredients and are made without extra additives that offer no health benefits.

The 35 Top Peanut Butters—Ranked!

Peanut butter ought to be a healthy food, packed with protein, fiber, monounsaturated fats, and plenty of fat-burning folate. But most commercial peanut butter brands are spiked with hydrogenated oils and unnecessary fillers and have more sugar than they do fiber. As a result, they cause fat storage—not fat burning.

To help you find the brand that will keep your tongue stuck to the roof of your mouth with confidence, the team at Eat This, Not That! took the top peanut butters in America into our food lab, and analyzed the ingredients, ranking each brand by health. Here’s our definitive list.

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FIRST…THE WORST

A really good peanut butter should have just two ingredients: peanuts (duh) and sometimes a pinch of salt. But today’s manufacturers—even the “all-natural” brands advertising themselves as healthy—pack their PBs with additives you simply don’t need. “Peanut butters are most often processed with hydrogenated oils and sugar, so make sure you check the label carefully,” cautions Stephanie Middleberg, MS, RD, CDN of Middleberg Nutrition. Here’s a look inside each jar.

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Peanut Butter & Co. Smooth Operator + Crunch Time

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 15 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 100 mg sodium, 8 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 7 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, Cane Sugar, Palm Fruit Oil, Salt

Peanuts are naturally filled with oils—and studies have found that the monounsaturated fats found in foods like nuts and olive oil are protective of brain health and function. So why does Peanut Butter & Co. add palm fruit oil to their crunchy and smooth blends? It helps with oil separation, stabilizing the mix. A better question is, why do they add cane sugar? Still, this is by far the best of the worst—read on. And blast even more fat with these ways to lose 10 pounds—fast!

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Earth Balance Peanut Butter With Flax Seed, Crunchy

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 16 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 110 mg sodium, 7 g carbs (2 g fiber, 2 g sugars), 7 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, Flaxseed, Peanut Oil, Agave Syrup, Palm Fruit Oil, Salt

Earth Balance, one of the first brands to bring “healthy” PBs into the mainstream, gets much love for including all-natural sugars, and fiber-filling flaxseed. But we can’t fully recommend a brand that includes added sugar at all. That’s jelly’s job!

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Earth Balance Peanut Butter With Flax Seed, Creamy

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 16 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 110 mg sodium, 7 g carbs (2 g fiber, 2 g sugars), 7 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, Flaxseed, Peanut Oil, Agave Syrup, Palm Fruit Oil, Salt

Like the crunchy variety, but with a bit more saturated fat.

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Simply Jif Creamy

Per 2 Tbsp: 200 calories, 17 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 65 mg sodium, 7 g carbs (3 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 7 g protein

Ingredients: Roasted Peanuts, Contains 2% or less of: Fully Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils (soybean and rapeseed), Mono and Diglycerides, Molasses, Sugar, Salt

Choosy moms, please don’t choose Jif! Advertised as a healthier option compared to regular Jif, this has the same unhealthy ingredients, just rearranged. While we commend them for owning up to adding sugars in their PB, we still can’t endorse it. At least it has less sodium, which keeps it toward the bottom of this list.

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Jif Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 16 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 110 mg sodium, 8 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 7 g protein

Ingredients: Roasted Peanuts and Sugar, Contains 2% or Less of: Molasses, Fully Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils (soybean and rapeseed), Mono and Diglycerides, Salt.

One of the best-selling peanut butter brands in America is made with fully hydrogenated vegetable oils—extremely hard, wax-like fats made by forcing as much hydrogen as possible onto the carbon backbone of fat molecules. To obtain a manageable consistency, food manufacturers often blend the hard fat with unhydrogenated liquid fats. Remember that next time you’re making Junior’s sandwich or want a high-protein snack.

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Jif Creamy Peanut Butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 16 g fat (3.5 saturated fat), 140 mg sodium, 8 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 7 g protein

Ingredients: Roasted Peanuts and Sugar, Contains 2% or Less of: Molasses, Fully Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils (soybean and rapeseed), Mono and Diglycerides, Salt.

All the oily grossness of crunchy Jif, but with 25% more salt per serving.

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Skippy Creamy Peanut Butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 16 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 150 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 7 g protein

Ingredients: Roasted Peanuts, Sugar, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (cottonseed, soybean and rapeseed oil) To Prevent Separation, Salt.

The battle between Skippy and Jif isn’t a war at all—they’re both made with the same sugars and oils, including saturated-fat-filled hydrogenated oils. A study published in the journal Diabetes found that while unsaturated fat can help reduce abdominal fat, saturated fat can increase waist size. Saturated fats, like the kind you’ll find in baked goods and red meat, “turn on” certain genes that increase the storage of fat in the belly, researchers say. Not all fats are bad—find out the best full-fat foods for weight loss!

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Jif Creamy Reduced Fat Peanut Butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 12 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 200 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (2 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 7 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, Corn Syrup Solids, Sugar, Pea Protein, Contains 2% or less of: Salt, Fully Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils (soybean and rapeseed), Mono and Diglycerides, Molasses, Magnesium Oxide, Niacinamide, Ferric Orthophosphate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride

Two words you never want to see on your food: “Reduced Fat.” When manufacturers take something out, they put something back in. In this case, that’s two kinds of sugar, a ton of Frankenstein additives, including corn syrup, the liquid sweetener and food thickener made by allowing enzymes to break corn starches into smaller sugars. These ingredients provide no nutritional value other than calories.

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Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Reduced Fat

Per 2 Tbsp: 180 calories, 12 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 115 mg sodium, 13 g carbs (3 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 8 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, Maltodextrin, Reduced Fat Ground Peanuts, Salt.

Be afraid of any peanut butter whose second ingredient is either nonexistent or “salt.” So what’s maltodextrin? It’s a caloric sweetener and flavor enhancer made from rice, potatoes, or more commonly, cornstarch. Through treatment with enzymes and acids, it can be converted into a fiber and thickening agent. Like other sugars, it has the potential to raise blood glucose and insulin levels.

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Skippy Natural Peanut Butter, Creamy

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 16 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 150 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugars), 7 g protein

Ingredients: Roasted Peanuts, Sugar, Palm Oil, Salt

Don’t be fooled by the “Natural” label—it just means the sugar inside is real sugar. That doesn’t make it any less unnecessary.

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Peter Pan Crunchy

Per 2 Tbsp: 200 calories, 16 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 110 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 8 g protein

Ingredients: Roasted Peanuts, Sugar, Less than 2% of: Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (cottonseed and rapeseed), Salt, Partially Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil

It’s unfortunate that the cheaper brands of peanut butter are always the worst nutritionally. That’s the case here, as one serving of this #2 brand has nearly double the sodium of the Simply Jif Creamy PB.

And the #1 Worst Peanut Butter Is… Peter Pan Creamy

Per 2 Tbsp: 210 calories, 17 g fat (3 g saturated fat) 140 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 8 g protein

Ingredients: Roasted Peanuts, Sugar, Less than 2% of: Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (cottonseed and rapeseed), Salt

Hydrogenated oils, sugar, and salt compete for space in what should be a jar of simply nuts, blended. One serving has more fat than a small order of McDonald’s French Fries. If Peter Pan ate this, he’d be too fat to fly.

AND NOW…THE BEST

As we said, the best peanut butter brands have two ingredients: nuts and a touch of salt. Let’s see which brands passed that test.

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Nuts ‘n More Peanut Butter + Flax High Protein Spread

Per 2 Tbsp: 182 calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 46 mg sodium, 11 g carbs (3 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 12 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, Whey Protein Isolate, Natural Sweetener (Xylitol), Peanut Oil, Organic Flax Meal, Natural Extract, Sunflower Lecithin

We’re breaking our own rule here, allowing a peanut butter with more than two ingredients rank as one of the best. That’s because we like the low sodium count, the fiber added by the flax, and are generally OK with xylitol. It’s a sugar alcohol that occurs naturally in strawberries, mushrooms and other fruits and vegetables, most commonly extracted from the pulp of a birch tree. Unlike real sugar, sugar alcohols don’t encourage cavity-causing bacteria. They do have a laxative effect, though, so heavy ingestion might cause intestinal discomfort or gas. And, don’t feed it to Fido, as xylitol is toxic to pets.

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MaraNatha No Stir Natural Peanut Butter Creamy or Crunchy

Per 2 Tbsp: 200 calories, 17 g fat (3 g saturated), 65 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 8 g protein

Ingredients: Organic Dry Roasted Peanuts, Sea Salt

Although we like this brand because of its low sodium count, parents might like it more because you don’t have to stir.

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Justin’s Classic Peanut Butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 16 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 25 mg sodium, 7 g carbs (2 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 8 g protein

Ingredients: Dry roasted peanuts, Palm oil

Justin Gold took his PB from farmers’ markets to bodegas everywhere, and it’s caught on for good reason: It’s creamy and addictive, but with a super-low sodium count. It didn’t make it to the top three because of the addition of palm oil in its recipe.

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Teddie Smooth All Natural Smooth Peanut Butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 16 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 125 mg sodium, 7 g carbs (3 g fiber, 2 g sugars), 8 g protein

Ingredients: Dry roasted peanuts, Salt

Generally, smooth varieties have more sodium, because there are fewer peanuts to take us space. If you’re gonna go Teddie, go crunchy.

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Teddie Super Chunky All Natural Peanut Butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 16 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 100 mg sodium, 7 g carbs (3 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 8 g protein

Ingredients: Dry roasted peanuts, salt

Give this one a bear hug: It has 20 percent less sodium than the smooth option, and just as much protein.

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Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Creamy

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 16 g fat (3 g saturated), 110 mg sodium, 7 g carbs (3 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 8 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, contains 1% or less of: salt

Ironically, the company behind the sugariest jellies produces the best mainstream PB on the market. Made with just peanuts and a bit of salt—and no hydrogenated oils—this is peanut better.

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MaraNatha Organic No Sugar or Salt Added Peanut Butter, Creamy or Crunchy

Per 2 Tbsp: 200 calories, 17 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 4 g carbs (2 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 8 g protein

Ingredients: Organic Dry Roasted Peanuts, Organic Palm Oil

This would be our #1 choice for the best peanut butter in the universe… if it shunned palm oil and were as ubiquitous as our top pick. (Pro tip: spread it on a roll and add chia seeds.) Nutritionally, it’s a winner—thanks to the zero added sugar and salt, and the low carb count.

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And the #1 Best Peanut Butter is Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter, Chunky

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 16 g fat (3 g saturated), 95 mg sodium, 7 g carbs (3 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 8 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, contains 1% or less of: salt

The salt-free MaraNatha has far less sodium. Some of the others have an equal amount of Teddie has slightly fewer calories. But unlike those, the Smucker’s can be found in your local supermarket, no matter where you shop, so it ranks #1 on our list. Made with no hydrogenated oils, this is the best mainstream brand of peanut butter on the market. Spread some on your morning toast, and don’t miss these best breakfast foods for weight loss—ranked!

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Sweetened Peanut Butters

Oh, how far we’ve come since Goober Grape. Peanut butter companies are now adding toffee, dark chocolate and other sweets to their blends. Find out where your favorite rates here—we’ve ranked them from worst to best! And now that you know what to eat, keep the fat burn going with these essential ways to boost your metabolism!

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Goober Grape PB&J

Per 3 Tbsp: 220 calories, 11 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 125 mg sodium, 30 g carbs (2 g fiber, 21 g sugar), 5 g protein

Ingredients: Ground Roasted Peanuts, Grape Juice, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Dextrose, Contains 2% or Less of: Distilled Monoglycerides, Salt, Pectin, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Sodium Citrate.

Nostalgia is often the gateway drug to bad choices—don’t inflict them on your kids. And don’t be fooled by the cute, talking cartoon peanut on the label: One serving of Goober Grape has as much sugar as half a can of Coke.

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Peanut Butter & Co White Chocolate Wonderful

Per 2 Tbsp: 180 calories, 13 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 35 mg sodium, 12 g carbs (2 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 6 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Natural Vanilla Flavor With Other Natural Flavors, Palm Fruit Oil, Lecithin (From Sunflowers), Salt

For a dessert spread, this is one of the healthiest, but don’t think it’s a substitute for peanut butter. Unless you’re skipping the jam.

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Wild Friends Sugar Cookie Peanut Butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 180 calories, 14 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 95 mg sodium, 11 g carbs (3 g fiber, 5 g sugars), 6 g protein

Ingredients: Roasted Peanuts, Coconut, Evaporated Cane Sugar, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Sea Salt

The clever cooks at Wild Friends made sugar cookies sound healthy, blending coconut into peanut spread. If it weren’t so fatty, we’d eat more.

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Jif Natural Creamy Peanut Butter With Honey

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 15 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 85 mg sodium, 10 g carbs (2 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 7 g protein

Ingredients: Peanut Butter Spread (peanuts, sugar, palm oil, contains 2% or less of: salt, molasses), Honey

Oh, Jif: If you have honey, why add sugar? Four of the six grams of sugar are funneled into this jar.

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Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams

Per 2 Tbsp: 170 calories, 13 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 45 mg sodium, 11 g carbs (2 g fiber, 7 g sugars), 6 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, Cane Sugar, Cocoa, Cocoa Butter, Palm Fruit Oil, Natural Vanilla Flavor With Other Natural Flavors, Lecithin (From Sunflowers), Salt

“Better than Nutella.” That’s the best we can say for this bestseller. It has no hydrogenated oil, no HFCS and a nice touch of protein. If it had slightly less sugar and no palm oil, we’d name this one of our faves.

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Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter With Honey

Per 2 Tbsp: 210 calories, 17 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 90 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (1 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 7 g protein

Ingredients: Dry Roasted Peanuts, Organic Honey, Organic Cane Sugar, Peanut Oil, Palm Oil, Sea Salt.

Justin’s has made an art out of healthful sweets—their peanut butter cups rated high on our list of the top candies—ranked. This Organic Peanut Butter With Honey rates high, also, with a decent sugar count.

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Smucker’s Natural Creamy Peanut Butter with Honey, Creamy

Per 2 Tbsp: 190 calories, 15 g fat (3 g saturated), 25 mg sodium, 8 g carbs (2 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 7 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, Sugar, Honey, Honey Crystals, Salt

Our #1 peanut butter on the market—Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter—gets a touch of honey here, which brings the sugar content to a respectable four grams. Plus, it’s made with no hydrogenated oils.

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Wild Friends Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 170 calories, 13 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 85 mg sodium, 12 g carbs (2 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 6 g protein

Ingredients: Roasted Peanuts, Organic Dark Chocolate (Cane Sugar, Cocoa Liquor, Cocoa Butter), Organic Cane Sugar, Peanut Oil, Pumpkin Spice Blend, Organic Vanilla, Sea Salt.

We’re into the pumpkin spice trend if it means more PBs like this.

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Wild Friends Gingerbread Peanut Butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 180 calories, 14 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 70 mg sodium, 11 g carbs (2 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 5 g protein

Ingredients: Roasted Peanuts, Peanut Oil, Organic Cane Sugar, Molasses, Organic Vanilla, Ginger, Allspice, Sea salt.

This pick is great for the holidays or any other time you’re feeling festive—and it’s probably got less sugar than any cookie you’ll find at a Christmas party.

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Nuts ‘N More High Protein Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 182 calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 138 mg sodium, 9 g carbs (2 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 11 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, Whey Protein Isolate, Dark Chocolate (Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Whole Milk, Soy Lecithin, Natural Extract), Xylitol (Natural Sweetener), Peanut Oil, Natural Flavors, Cacao Powder, Flax, Sea Salt

We like the flax for added Omega 3’s but we’re staying for the chocolate.

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Nuts ‘n More High Protein Toffee Crunch Peanut Spread

Per 2 Tbsp: 182 calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 46 mg sodium, 11 g carbs (4 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 12 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, Whey Protein Isolate, Natural Sweetener (Xylitol), Peanut Oil, Flax Meal, Natural Extract, Sunflower Lecithin

Satisfy your desire for Ben & Jerry’s Heath Bar Crunch for only one gram of sugar.

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And the #1 Best Sweetened PB Is… Buff Bake Chocolate Chip Protein Peanut Spread

Per 2 Tbsp: 200 calories, 16 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 15 mg sodium, 10 g carbs (3 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 11 g protein

Ingredients: Dry Roasted Peanuts, Hormone-free Whey Protein (rBGH Free Whey Protein Concentrate, Unsweetened Cocoa, Natural Flavor, Less Than 0.1% Lecithin & Stevia), Chocolate Chips (Unsweetened Cocoa, Cocoa Butter, Vanilla, Less Than 0.1% Soy Lecithin), Organic Coconut Sugar, Unsweetened Cocoa, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

With less fat and sugar—and way more protein—than any Skippy or Jif, this is one cookie-like spread we’d spread on our Ezekiel bread every day.

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POWDERED PEANUT BUTTERS

The new wave of powdered peanut butters smashes out the fat calories, leaving a dry powder that you reconstitute with water. Eat This, Not That! approves of them, although for half the price, you can buy a natural peanut butter that nature’s made perfectly.

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PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter With Cocoa

Per 2 Tbsp: 50 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 100 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (1 g fiber, 4 g sugars), 4 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, Cane Sugar, Cocoa, Salt

Our take on this one is, if you want chocolate, have chocolate. But it’s great in smoothies!

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BetterBody Foods PBFit Powder

Per 2 Tbsp: 70 calories, 2 g fat, 150 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (3 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 8 g protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, Sugar, and Salt

With 25 more calories than PB2, this comes in second place in a two-man race.

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PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter

Per 2 Tbsp: 60 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 90 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (1 g fiber, 2 g sugars), 6 g protein

Ingredients: Roasted Peanuts, Sugar, Salt

The winner, almost by default. PB2 is the first mainstream brand in the powdered PB space. We like it for baking and smoothies, but for sandwiches, we’ll stick to Smucker’s.

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Peanut butter is a favorite food in America, and it’s enjoyed in many countries around the world.

Some estimate that the average American kid eats around 1,500 PB&J sandwiches before graduating from high school. And according to the National Peanut Board, a jar of peanut butter can be found in over 90% of U.S. households. Is yours one of them?

Mine is. I love peanut butter! Whether I slather it onto a slice of whole grain bread, mix it into a curry sauce, or meld it into a warm and satisfying soup.

One of my secret late night snacks: a banana dipped in peanut butter! I also love smearing it on the inside of celery sticks. And my dad has even been known to spread it on a slice of cantaloupe!

There are endless ways to enjoy peanut butter, but that leads me to an important question. Is peanut butter good for you?

To answer this, let’s examine this cherished pantry staple.

Unless you’re in the 1% of people who have a peanut allergy or you have a severe case of arachibutyrophobia (the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth), read on.

Get to Know the Basics of Peanut Butter

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Did you know that peanuts aren’t actually, botanically-speaking, nuts?

They’re legumes. Legumes are the edible seeds or pods of plants. Other legumes include beans, peas, and lentils. But from culinary and nutritional perspectives, they are indeed very much like nuts.

Grind up roasted peanuts into a paste and, voila! You’ve got peanut butter.

Who came up with the idea of mashing up peanuts, anyway? George Washington Carver, an American botanist and inventor, is often erroneously credited with inventing peanut butter. Carver did find a lot of uses for peanuts — over 300 to be exact — but he didn’t come up with peanut butter.

There’s actually evidence that, long before Carver, roasted peanuts were being ground up by the Aztecs and Incas.

The peanut butter that we know and love today emerged from the work of multiple people at the turn of the 19th century. Marcellus Gilmore Edson patented peanut paste in 1884. In 1895, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (the fellow who more or less invented corn flakes) patented a new process for making peanut butter. He then advertised it as a protein for people without teeth.

Peanut butter continued to gain popularity over the next century, and the rest is history.

You can now find peanut butter-flavored everything, from cookies to snack bars to cereals. Peanut butter itself comes blended with many flavors now, too — chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, maple, and I’ve even seen cookie dough.

People love peanut butter because it’s affordable, simple, and versatile. And to most people (though definitely not everyone), peanut butter is delicious. But is it also nutritious? Let’s see what it has to offer.

Peanut Butter Nutrition

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It’s fair to claim peanut butter as a good source of protein. And even a small serving also contains a lot of important vitamins and minerals.

In just two tablespoons, you’ll find 8 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber. It’s also a remarkably rich source of manganese, niacin, vitamin E, magnesium, and phosphorous.

Here are 3 Excellent Reasons to Eat Peanuts:

The protein content of peanuts is around 22-30% of total calories. This makes peanut butter a great plant-based protein source.

Peanuts offer more protein than any actual nuts. They also contain all 20 amino acids, including arginine, which is important for heart health.

2) Peanuts Have Complex Carbohydrates and Fiber

Peanut butter contains complex carbohydrates. And it’s low on the glycemic index scale, so it won’t spike your blood sugar.

It also provides fiber, which will help you feel fuller longer. And it helps feed the beneficial bacteria in your microbiome.

3) Peanuts Are a Crucial Source of Nutrition

Peanuts are an energy-dense and nutrient-dense food. And they’re a highly filling food.

It makes sense, then, that peanuts have been used as an important source of nutrition for people on difficult expeditions to remote areas, under challenging conditions. Peanuts have helped people travel to Antarctica, fly into space, and trek all over the world. Peanuts have also played a crucial role in the elimination of malnutrition in several African countries.

Keep in mind that, as nutritious as it is, it’s easy to eat too much of this high-calorie food. Just two tablespoons contain two hundred calories, including over 15 grams of fat. If used as a staple food, peanut butter probably won’t help you lose weight.

And if you have diabetes or insulin resistance syndrome, then you may need to be vigilant with all high-fat foods, including peanuts, since there are some studies which correlate high-fat consumption with increased risk and severity of these conditions. Moderation is often key to reap the most benefits.

Is Peanut Butter Good for You? 5 Health Benefits of Peanut Butter

See all the reasons eating peanut butter can beneficial for your health:

1) Peanuts are High in Antioxidants

In fact, they have as many antioxidants as many powerful fruits, like strawberries.

Antioxidants help your body to counteract oxidative stress that can lead to chronic disease.

Peanuts contain one particularly potent antioxidant, resveratrol. Resveratrol may help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer.

2) Peanuts Can be Good for Your Heart

A 2015 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at the impacts of nut consumption on mortality risk among just under 72,000 European and African Americans of low socioeconomic status.

They found that those individuals who ate the most nuts — especially peanuts (which they considered a “nut for the purposes of the study”) — had the lowest risk of death overall and from cardiovascular disease, in particular.

3) Peanuts Can Help Prevent Cancer

In addition to antioxidants, peanuts are great sources of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

A 2018 study in the Nutrition Journal looked at peanut, pine nut, and almond consumption among 923 colorectal cancer patients and 1,846 controls in Korea. For both men and women, a higher intake of nuts (at least 3 servings per week) was strongly associated with a reduced risk for colorectal cancer.

Another study in 2013, published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, looked at peanut butter consumption and risk for breast disease in preteen girls.

The researchers followed 9,000 preteen girls for 15 years, finding that those who ate peanut butter at least three days per week had a 39% lower risk of developing benign breast disease as they got older.

4) Peanuts Can Help Keep Your Brain Healthy

Peanuts are rich in unsaturated fats, vitamin E, and B vitamins, all important for brain health.

Some studies have shown that eating nuts can help improve cognition, memory, and recall.

Other studies have found that peanuts, in particular, produce a certain brainwave associated with better sleep, improved immunity, and the natural healing ability of the body.

Peanuts are also high in niacin, a nutrient found to be beneficial in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

5) Peanuts Can Help Fight Stress

Peanut butter contains a phytosterol called beta-sitosterol, which has been shown to help normalize high cortisol levels in studies of endurance athletes.

Cortisol is also known as the body’s stress hormone, so eating peanut butter may help manage feelings of anxiety.

The Controversial Components of Peanut Butter

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The standard recipe for peanut butter is pretty simple: peanuts.

Yet, different brands may add other ingredients to change flavor, texture, or even alter its nutritional profile. Some of these additives can be questionable. And others can be downright dangerous.

Where and how the peanuts used for peanut butter are grown can also affect the healthfulness of the end product.

Here Are 6 Things to Consider When Choosing Peanut Butter:

1. Sugar

As in all-too-many processed foods, food manufacturers use sugar to add sweetness to peanut butter. I was recently at the store looking for a new brand of peanut butter to try. I was appalled by how many of them (even varieties labeled as being “natural”) contained added sugar.

I’m sure you don’t need another lecture on the health problems caused by added sugar. It’s a primary culprit behind obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and practically every other major chronic disease of our times. And it’s not just in donuts and candy. A surprising amount of the sugar in the modern diet is snuck in as an additive to foods (like peanut butter!).

2. Salt

Salted peanut butter can carry up to 50 to 75 milligrams of sodium per tablespoon.

If you use peanut butter often and want to reduce your sodium intake, look for unsalted versions. And if you make your own peanut butter at home, buy unsalted peanuts.

3. Oil

As if 15 grams of fat in every two tablespoons wasn’t enough, many peanut butters also contain added oils.

Some of the biggest peanut butter brands, like Skippy, use fully hydrogenated oil, which has been linked to many health problems, including heart disease.

Many of the more natural brands of “no-stir” peanut butter contain added palm oil. This comes with ethical concerns. Palm oil plantations are a major driver of deforestation in the rainforests of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. Bulldozing old-growth forests to plant rows of oil palms destroys the homes of native people and already endangered species, like orangutans.

There are also reports of palm oil corporations violating human rights. They clear farmland and forests without permission. And the companies involved provide unsafe working conditions and inadequate pay to their workers. If you’re going to eat palm oil and you don’t want to contribute to these major problems, look for a “fair trade” certification as a step in the right direction.

4. Aflatoxins

Here’s a nutty fact: peanuts don’t actually grow on trees or bushes. They grow underground.

Peanuts grow best in hot climates, which means they’re at heightened risk of containing aflatoxins. Aflatoxins are a group of toxins that can be produced by fungi in humid conditions. They’re concerning because they have been known to increase cancer risk in humans.

Other foods at risk for containing aflatoxins include corn, figs, cereals, cottonseed, and tree nuts.

How do you choose a peanut butter with the lowest amount of aflatoxins?

Consumers Union tested a variety of peanut butter brands. They found that the lowest concentrations of aflatoxins were in the most well-known brands.

This is probably because they had the best hygiene and most effective testing methods. On the contrary, fresh ground peanut butter found at the supermarket had the highest aflatoxin levels.

In general, I’m a fan of fresh foods and local production. But due to the aflatoxin concern, when it comes to peanut butter, I recommend that you opt for a variety produced by a well-known company. And one that contains only peanuts (and maybe salt) as ingredients.

This is one food where it’s best to steer clear of the bulk bins and “fresh ground” found in many natural foods stores.

If you choose to buy your own peanuts and grind your own butter at home, be sure to examine and throw out any nuts that don’t look right. Moldy, shriveled, or discolored peanuts belong in the compost pile, not in your peanut butter.

And as a side note, researchers at Johns Hopkins University found some evidence that certain plant compounds may be able to counteract the negative effects of aflatoxins. These include chlorophyll in green vegetables, like spinach, and phytochemicals in such root vegetables as carrots and parsnips.

5. Pesticides

Unless you buy organic peanut butter, chances are, that unassuming jar contains more pesticides than you’d like.

According to the USDA Pesticide Data Program, there are eight pesticides commonly found in peanut butter.

The most common is Piperonyl butoxide, a known endocrine disruptor, a possible carcinogen, and a threat to honeybees.

When consuming peanut butter, the best way to reduce your exposure to pesticides is to buy a certified organic brand.

6. Genetically Modified Ingredients

Another reason to avoid peanut butters with added hydrogenated oil? The oil used usually comes from a genetically modified crop.

Rapeseed, soybean, or cottonseed oil are some of the most commonly used. And the majority of these crops are genetically modified in the United States.

There’s been talk of another genetically modified component that may eventually reach jars of peanut butter everywhere: allergy-free peanuts.

Scientists are hoping to be able to alter the genes for the proteins in peanuts that cause allergic reactions. They haven’t accomplished this yet. And there are some doubts that the end result would be as rosy as promised. However, it is something to keep in mind for the future if you want to avoid GMOs. (For more on non-GMO and organic certification, .)

A Note on Peanut Allergies

Odds are that you know someone who has a peanut allergy.

What’s interesting is that there’s evidence that suggests we might not be as allergic to food itself as we are to what’s being done to food.

For instance, in the United States, our food system is teeming with GMOs, artificial flavorings and ingredients, fillers, chemicals, and dyes. Peanut butter is no exception.

Peanut allergies have seen a dramatic increase in the last decade. Around 2.5% of children are now allergic to peanuts, which is a 21% increase since 2010.

The good news is that we’re more aware of this as a society. And medical professionals are better equipped to diagnose and treat them. Parents also have more ways to help prevent their kids from developing peanut allergies.

In 2017, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases released new guidelines for how and when to start introducing infants to peanuts to reduce their risk — as early as 4 to 6 months old.

And it goes without saying, but it’s worth saying again: If you have a peanut allergy, don’t eat peanuts.

How to Choose the Healthiest Peanut Butter

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To select the best quality, healthiest peanut butter, here are some guidelines:

  • Choose organic to reduce pesticide and GMO exposure;
  • Make sure it contains only peanuts, without unnecessary extras like sugar and oils;
  • Avoid the bulk bins due to aflatoxin risk; and
  • Choose kinds that separate; healthy peanut butter needs stirring.

Making your own peanut butter is also incredibly easy.

In a high-speed blender or food processor, simply add peanuts and blend until a paste forms. You can even add a little cinnamon, vanilla, raisins, or dates to give it a different flavor.

The Verdict: (The Right) Peanut Butter Can Be Healthy

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Most of the peanut butter eaten today is chock full of added sugars, salt, and genetically engineered hydrogenated oil. And people often pair it with sugary jam and smear it on white flour bread.

Unless you work for the Skippy PR department, you’ll probably agree with me that this is not a healthy way to eat.

But it’s not the peanut’s fault!

A healthy peanut butter made with nothing more than peanuts can be a fabulous addition to most people’s diets. It’s a remarkably affordable source of abundant protein and fiber, as well as many other nutrients. And it tastes pretty good, too!

Tell us in the comments:

  • Do you eat peanut butter? Why or why not?

  • If you do, what are your favorite ways to enjoy it?

  • Now that you know the answer to the question, is peanut butter good for you, do you have any other questions about peanut butter?

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Ask the doctor: Why is peanut butter “healthy” if it has saturated fat?

Updated: July 30, 2019Published: July, 2009

Q. I keep reading that peanut butter is a healthy food. But it contains saturated fat and has more sodium than potassium. That doesn’t sound healthy to me. Is peanut butter good for you?

A. The presence of saturated fat doesn’t automatically kick a food into the “unhealthy” camp. Olive oil, wheat germ, and even tofu — all “healthy” foods — have some saturated fat. It’s the whole package of nutrients, not just one or two, that determines how good a particular food is for health.

Let’s take a look at the peanut butter package. One serving (about 2 tablespoons) has 3.3 grams of saturated fat and 12.3 grams of unsaturated fat, or about 80% unsaturated fat. That puts it up there with olive oil in terms of the ratio of unsaturated to saturated fat. Peanut butter also gives you some fiber, some vitamins and minerals (including 200 milligrams of potassium), and other nutrients. Unsalted peanut butter, with 5 milligrams of sodium, has a terrific potassium-to-sodium ratio. Salted peanut butter still has about twice as much potassium as sodium. That profile compares quite favorably with bologna, roast beef, and many other sandwich fixings.

Over the years, numerous studies have shown that people who regularly include nuts or peanut butter in their diets are less likely to develop heart disease or type 2 diabetes than those who rarely eat nuts. Although it is possible that nut eaters are somehow different from, and healthier than, non-nutters, it is more likely that nuts themselves have a lot to do with these benefits.

Saturated fat isn’t the deadly toxin it is sometimes made out to be. The body’s response to saturated fat in food is to increase the amounts of both harmful LDL and protective HDL in circulation. In moderation, some saturated fat is okay. Eating a lot of it, though, promotes artery-clogging atherosclerosis, the process that underlies most cardiovascular disease. In contrast, unsaturated fats, which make up the majority of the fat content in peanut butter, help reduce LDL cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease.

I try to eat as healthful a diet as I can. It includes all kinds of nuts, as well as peanut and other nut butters.

— Walter C. Willett, M.D.
Professor of Nutrition
Harvard School of Public Health

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Is peanut butter good for you?

Eating peanut butter in moderation and as part of an overall healthful diet may provide the following benefits:

1. Weight loss

Several studies suggest that eating peanuts and other nuts can help people maintain their weight, or even help with weight loss.

This may be because peanuts improve satiety, which is the feeling of fullness, thanks to their protein, fat, and fiber content.

A 2018 study suggests that eating nuts, including peanuts, reduces a person’s risk of being overweight or obese. This study compared the dietary and lifestyle data for over 373,000 people from 10 European countries over 5 years.

Earlier research based on data gathered from over 51,000 women suggested that those who ate nuts twice weekly or more experienced slightly less weight gain over an 8-year period than women who rarely ate nuts.

2. Boosting heart health

Peanut butter contains many nutrients that can improve heart health, including:

  • monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs)
  • polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs)
  • niacin
  • magnesium
  • vitamin E

The proportion of unsaturated fats (PUFAs and MUFAs) to saturated fats in the diet plays a particularly important role in heart health. Peanut butter has a similar ratio to olive oil — which is also known as a heart-healthy option.

A high intake of nuts may have links to a reduced risk of mortality from heart disease or other causes. The researchers recommend peanuts in particular as a cost-effective way to improve heart health for some people.

Research also suggests that including 46 g per day of peanuts or peanut butter into an American Diabetes Association (ADA) diet plan for 6 months could benefit the heart, improve blood lipid profiles, and control weight for people with diabetes.

However, as peanut butter is high in calories, it is crucial that a person limits their intake if they do not want to put on weight. Eating more than the recommended amount will also increase fat and sodium intake, which does not benefit the heart.

3. Bodybuilding

Share on PinterestPeanut butter is an easy way to increase calorie intake.

Many bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts include peanut butter in their diets for various reasons.

Although calorie amounts will vary based on stature, activity level, and metabolic rate, the typical daily recommended calorie intake ranges from around 1,600–2,400 calories per day for women and up to 3,000 calories per day for men. However, active adult men should consume up to 3,000 calories daily, while active women need up 2,400 calories per day.

Thanks to its high-calorie content, peanut butter is an easy way to increase calorie and unsaturated fat intake.

Nut butter is also a source of protein, which is essential for building and repairing muscles. Although peanut butter is not a complete protein — meaning it does not contain all of the essential amino acids the body needs — it does count toward a person’s daily protein intake.

Spreading peanut butter on whole-grain bread makes a more complete protein meal, as the bread contains the amino acid methionine, which peanut butter lacks.

4. Managing blood sugar levels

Peanut butter is a relatively low-carbohydrate food that contains good amounts of fats and protein, as well as some fiber.

These characteristics mean that peanut butter, with no added sugar, does not have a significant impact on blood glucose levels. This means it can be a good option for those with diabetes.

The ADA recommend that people replace saturated fats with monounsaturated fats in their diets. They suggest peanut butter, peanuts, and peanut oil as good sources of monounsaturated fat.

A small 2013 study suggests that eating peanut butter or peanuts for breakfast could help women with obesity and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes to manage their blood glucose levels. According to the survey, the women who added nuts to their breakfast had lower blood sugar levels and reported less hunger compared to women who ate a breakfast that contained the same amount of carbohydrates but no nuts.

Peanut butter is a good source of magnesium, which is an essential nutrient for people with diabetes. Continuous periods of high blood sugar may reduce magnesium levels in the body. Low magnesium levels are linked to prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

5. Reducing the risk of breast disease

Eating peanut butter, especially from a young age, may reduce the risk of benign breast disease (BBD), which increases the risk of breast cancer.

A study in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, reports that eating peanut butter and nuts at any age may result in a lower risk of developing BDD by age 30.

The researchers examined the data for over 9,000 schoolgirls in America. Other types of pulses, such as beans and soy, along with vegetable fats and other nuts, may also offer protection from BBD.

Even those with a family history of breast cancer had a significantly lower risk if they ate peanut butter and these other foods.

8 Healthier Peanut Butter Brands You Should Have in Your Kitchen

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These days, peanut butter can do so much more than just accompany the jelly on your PB&J. This variable nut butter can also be used as a quick protein base for smoothies, oatmeal, or hummus, and its rich, creamy texture has made many a decadent dessert. Thankfully for the many Americans who live and die for their PB, nutritionists like Debbie Petitpain, RDN, consider it an essential superfood. She says it’s “rich in heart-healthy fat, protein, dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals.”

But while it’s true there are many great health benefits to peanut butter, not all peanut butter brands use the healthiest ingredients. So we asked a few dietitians to give us some advice on how to spot the healthiest of peanut butters. Here are their tips:

It should have two ingredients or less. Alyssa Rothschild, RDN, CDN, says a healthy peanut butter consists mostly of one key ingredient: peanuts! But if there’s any other additive included, it ought to be a low dose of salt. More on that next.

Opt for sodium-free or low-sodium varieties. While many peanut butter producers add salt to their spreads, excessive sodium can be an issue for heart health. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends Americans with healthy blood pressure take in no more than 2,300 milligrams (mg), which is the amount in 1 teaspoon of salt, per day. The organization advises those with high blood pressure, on the other hand, to limit their intake to 1,500 mg per day. If sodium-free PBs are too bland, opt for those with labels that contain 140 mg or less per serving — these are the foods the AHA considers low-sodium.

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Make sure there are no hydrogenated oils. “This means peanut butter will separate,” Rothschild explains. You’ll see a healthy layer of peanut oil on top — the more separation, the better. One oil that Petitpain cautions against is palm oil. Palm oil features frequently in peanut butters and contains primarily saturated fat, which can raise your LDL “bad” cholesterol when eaten in excess.

And watch for added sugar. Rothschild also suggests checking the ingredients for added sugars, like molasses, which can contribute to weight gain. Like salt, you’ll want to limit these, too. In July 2018, the Food and Drug Administration began requiring most packaged food brands to start listing added sugar on their products’ Nutrition Facts label. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that added sugars comprise no more than 10 percent of your daily calories.

All of this is to say that the healthiest peanut butters generally stick with peanuts and salt. If a plain peanut-and-salt spread doesn’t satisfy you, Jennifer Bruning, RDN, recommends pairing it with smashed, sliced, or dried fruits if you’re looking to sweeten up your snack. With these tips in mind, peanut butter can become a healthy part of your weekly — even daily — diet.

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Yes, peanut butter every day is a possibility! But before you rush to the grocery store and start checking out the labels, cruise our list of healthier peanut butters. We’ve already handpicked several nutrition-approved peanut butters for you.

6 Great Alternatives to Peanut Butter

If you read my personal blog Carrots ‘N’ Cake, it’s no secret that I love peanut butter. I eat it every day—with sliced banana, blended into smoothies, straight from the jar on a spoon, and even sometimes in savory noodle dishes. My goodness, it’s delicious! I have a feeling some of my blog readers might get tired of seeing the same old peanut butter over and over again, so I decided to branch out and discover some new spreads to add to my regular repertoire. Here’s what I found.

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MaraNatha All Natural No Stir Creamy Almond Butter

Made with heart-healthy, dry roasted almonds, MaraNatha All Natural No Stir Creamy Almond Butter has only three other ingredients in it: organic unrefined cane sugar, palm oil, and sea salt. In a perfect world, my almond butter would be made with strictly nuts and no other additions, but four ingredients isn’t too shabby. The flavor was a little bland compared to other almond butters I’ve tried, but the texture is really something special—thick, creamy, and smooth.

Nutrition Facts per serving (2 tbsp): Calories 190, Total Fat 16g, Saturated Fat 2g, Sodium 60mg, Carbs 7g, Fiber 3g, Protein 6g

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Justin’s All Natural Chocolate Hazelnut Butter

Chocolate Hazelnut Butter? You’re probably thinking ‘sounds delicious, but not very healthy’. You’re in for a (scrumptious) surprise! Justin’s All Natural Chocolate Hazelnut Butter is a yummy combination of hazelnuts and homemade chocolate without all of the sugar and crazy additives that some dessert-like nut butters have. Everything in this nut butter (dry roasted hazelnuts, organic evaporated cane sugar, organic cocoa, organic coconut butter, organic palm fruit oil, vanilla, sea salt) are familiar ingredients and ones that actually sound quite appetizing mixed together. I have to admit a taste of was sort of like eating chocolate hazelnut cake frosting, but in a much healthier way!

Nutrition Facts per serving (2 tbsp): Calories 190, Total Fat 16g, Saturated Fat 2.5g, Sodium 75mg, Carbs 10g, Fiber 3g, Protein 4g

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Sunbutter Natural Sunflower Seed Butter

If you’re allergic to nuts, here’s a great alternative for you: Sunbutter Natural Sunflower Seed Butter, which is basically a direct replacement for peanut butter. The texture and consistency are the same, but made with sunflower seeds. This is easily my favorite of those on the market. It has a wonderful sunflower seed taste and more fiber and protein per serving than most nut butters. Even if you’re not looking for a peanut-free option it’s a fun way to mix things up!

Nutrition Facts per serving (2 tbsp): Calories 200, Total Fat 16g, Saturated Fat 2g, Sodium 120mg, Carbs 7g, Fiber 4g, Protein 7g

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All Natural Better ‘n Peanut Butter

At only 100 calories per serving, Better ‘n Peanut Butter touts 85% less fat, 40% fewer calories, so if you’re watching your weight, it would make a good alternative to regular nut butters, but your taste buds might notice. This option is made with all sort of crazy ingredients (peanuts as defatted peanut flour, peanut butter, natural peanut oils, tapioca syrups, grain syrup, vegetable glycerine, dehydrated cane juice, natural colors and flavors, salt, calcium carbonate, lecithin, tocopherol, and sodium ascorbate) and tastes similarly. What a mouthful! The texture is rather thin and runny, and I couldn’t help thinking the taste was artificial.

Nutrition Facts per serving (2 tbsp): Calories 100, Total Fat 2g, Saturated Fat 0g, Sodium 190mg, Carbs 13g, Fiber 2g, Protein 4g

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Smart Balance All Natural Rich Roast Creamy Peanut Butter

What initially drew me to the jar of Smart Balance All Natural Rich Roast Creamy Peanut Butter was the “rich roast” label on the front, but also the 320mg of Omega-3 ALA per serving. I’m always looking for ways to boost the Omega-3s in my diet (awesome for heart and eye health), and I eat a ton of nut butter, so this peanut butter sounded like a winner.

Nutrition Facts per serving (2 tbsp): Calories 190, Total Fat 16g, Saturated Fat 3g, Sodium 145mg, Carbs 6g, Fiber 2g, Protein 7g

Archer Farms Creamy Cashew Butter

Been there, done that with peanut butter and almond butter? How about trying cashew butter? Archer Farms (found at Target) makes a Creamy Cashew Butter for something a little different. Made with just roasted cashews and canola oil, this smooth and creamy nut butter has no added sugar or hydrogenated oils. The texture is smooth, creamy, and easily spreadable—perfect for sandwiches!

Nutrition Facts per serving (2 tbsp): Calories 160, Total Fat 13g, Saturated Fat 2.5g, Sodium 0mg, Carbs 9g, Fiber 1g, Protein 5g

Read more: Check out my daily food and fitness blog, Carrots ‘N’ Cake.

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Looking for a simple way to add protein or nutrients to your diet? Vegan peanut butter might be the answer! (most, but not all, peanut butter is vegan, by the way).

Delicious in Thai-style Spring Roll Bowls, stirred into Vegan Ice Cream, or simply eaten off a spoon, peanut butter is a versatile and delicious snack.

We’ve rounded up a list that includes the most natural vegan peanut butters, as well as those with extra ingredients added. Let us know what your favorites are!

1. CB’s Nuts Organic Peanut Butter

When it comes to CB’s Nuts, what’s not to love? The peanut butter contains only one ingredient-USA grown, organic peanuts. Compared to other natural peanut butter, this brand is quite thick-which makes it perfect blended into thick, creamy smoothies or straight out of the jar.

“This peanut butter has spoiled me from all others! It is absolutely delicious, and I love it!”

  • Ingredients: Peanuts
  • Protein: 8g
  • Calories: 188
  • Fat: 16g

2. Peanut Butter & Co Peanut Butter

Look out vegan peanut butter lovers-this stuff is addictive! It’s smooth, luscious and maybe best of all-does not require stirring! For those on the lookout for additives, this brand does add palm oil, sugar and salt to their list of ingredients, but if that’s not a problem for you, we highly recommend trying this brand!

“This is the best peanut butter ever made by human hands. It is absolutely divine…Perfect on slightly salty crackers, a spoon, your finger, licking it out of the jar, very versatile. Needless to say I highly, highly recommend dumping all the mainstream grocery store brands and stocking up with this.”

  • Ingredients: Peanuts, Palm Oil, Sugar, Salt
  • Protein: 7g
  • Calories: 190
  • Fat: 15g

3. PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter

If you’re a peanut butter fanatic who needs to watch their caloric intake, this peanut butter might be for you! Simply add water to create a smooth emulsion for your sandwiches, or add a tablespoon of the powder to smoothies and shakes. It’s worth noting that this doesn’t *really* taste the same as regular peanut butter, but with about a third of the calories and much more protein than other vegan peanut butters, it might be a taste worth acquiring.

“I use it in smoothies most of the time, but when I have a jones for regular peanut butter, I mix the powder with a little water and have a low-calorie and close-to-the-real-thing peanut butter substitute. I find that it tastes better than the competing defatted products I’ve tried.”

  • Ingredients: Peanuts, Sugar, Salt
  • Protein: 12g
  • Calories: 60
  • Fat: 6g

4. Yum Butter Organic Peanut Butter

Delicious stirred into oatmeal or dolloped onto a banana, YumButter really stepped up the peanut butter game with the introduction of their on-the-go snack packs. Squeezable peanut butter? We’re sold. As a bonus, try their other flavors, like the chocolate espresso peanut butter spread. If you prefer the jarred variety, just note that you’ll need to stir this peanut butter each time you use, as it’s quite runny.

“Wonderful stuff! Not only do they make it from organic peanuts, they include coconut sugar for both sweetness and smoothness. Better yet, Yumbutter has very little sodium: 35mg per 2 Tbsp serving. Most butters have about 3 times that much, which is definitely not healthy. Highly Recommended!”

  • Ingredients: Peanuts, Coconut Sugar, Salt, Palm Oil
  • Protein: 7g
  • Calories: 180
  • Fat: 15g

5. Naturally More Extra Protein Crunchy Peanut Butter

Naturally More is a great choice for those on a high protein diet-in addition to their regular peanut butter, they sell an “extra protein version” – higher in protein than most, but lower in calories. If you’re nervous about added sugar, please note that this brand does contain added cane sugar and peanut oil. Otherwise, it’s a great clean, simple way to add more protein into your diet without additional calories.

“This is literally the best peanut butter around. The crunchy one is the most delish. Recommend. Keeps you full because of the extra protein. I use it in my shakes every morning.”

  • Ingredients: peanuts, sprouted brown rice protein, pea protein, peanut oil, evaporated cane sugar, flax seeds, sea salt, molasses powder
  • Protein: 10g
  • Calories: 170
  • Fat: 13g

6. 365 Everyday Value Peanut Butter

Whole Foods does so many things well-and wholesome, natural peanut butter is one of them! Described as “fresh” by several reviewers, this is one of the most truly natural peanut butters on this list-there are no sodium or sugar additives, just peanuts. But if you’re in the market for a clean peanut butter to treat your pooch, this might not be the brand for you-without those added ingredients, this peanut butter is too runny to fill a doggie kong. It’s best drizzled on smoothie bowls or stirred into porridge.

“This product tastes amazing. So happy to find this product which contains ONLY peanuts. Also – no sodium – great for heart healthy diets. It does have oil pooled at the top when you first open it, but that is completely normal with nut products that do not contain additives. You will just need to mix it once in the beginning (for a couple minutes), and then I put this in the fridge to help it stay together. Highly recommend this product.”

  • Ingredients: Dry Roasted Organic Peanuts
  • Protein: 8g
  • Calories: 200
  • Fat: 17g

7. Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter Co

Similar to 365 Everyday Value, Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter is made of 100% USA grown peanuts-but be forewarned that that pesky separation that comes with natural nut butters will be a problem with this brand. The fix is simple-just give the jar a good stir when you first open it, then store in the refrigerator until firm for a thick, spreadable consistency.

“Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter is one of the best peanut butter brands I’ve tasted. If you are use to Skippy, Peter Pan or Jif, you are going to be surprised. 100% peanut, rich peanut flavor, with no fillers like other major brands, very low sugar (1gram) is perfect for diabetics.”

  • Ingredients:Peanuts
  • Protein: 8g
  • Calories: 190
  • Fat: 16g

8. Skippy’s Natural Creamy Peanut Butter

Skippy’s is a household name among vegan peanut butter lovers, and for good reason. More spreadable than the purely “peanut” peanut butters, Skippy’s is great for sandwiches and baked goods-or eaten straight out of their individual serving cups with a spoon.

“Wow, this is fantastic peanut butter! I have tasted expensive gourmet peanut butters that weren’t this good. I have been inspired to make peanut butter cookies (which I haven’t made in years) because of the deliciousness of this peanut butter…I can’t wait to taste them!”

  • Ingredients:roasted peanuts, sugar, palm oil, salt.
  • Protein: 7g
  • Calories: 190
  • Fat: 16g

9. Kirkland Signature Organic Peanut Butter

Many vegans have experimented with making their own nut butters, but Kirkland’s got them beat-reviewers described this brand as better than homemade. Best of all, it’s thick enough to not require constant stirring-pick up a jar at your local Costco or in your next Amazon purchase!

“Best-tasting peanut butter I’ve ever eaten. I used to make my own in my food processor; this is better! I also like that the peanuts are supposedly grown in the southwest, not the southeast,so they are less likely to be susceptible to aflatoxin.”

  • Ingredients: Peanuts, Salt
  • Protein: 8g
  • Calories: 200
  • Fat: 16g

10. Smucker’s Creamy Natural PB

Another famed peanut butter producer, Smucker’s lovers will be happy to know that the brand they’ve known and loved contains nothing but USDA-certified organic peanuts. The one drawback? You guessed it-it will require stirring.

“I wouldn’t purchase anything else. Ingredients? Only peanuts! You simply stir the product when you first open it and savor the wonderful flavor without anything added. You will never go back to other brands of peanut butter, believe me! Natural is best!”

  • Ingredients:Peanuts
  • Protein: 8g
  • Calories: 190
  • Fat: 16g

11. Spread the Love Natural Peanut Butter

Originating from a home bakery in California, this peanut butter is pure goodness in a jar! Spread the Love NAKED is creamy and rich, with no extra salt, oil, or sugar added. If you’re not opposed to other clean ingredients like cinnamon, agave syrup, or cayenne in your peanut butter, try their other flavors-you’re in for a treat! We recommend the cacao flavor for a slightly spicy, delicious dark chocolate snack.

“Spread the Love peanut butter is AMAZING! So rich and creamy without being salty. I will admit, it’s a bit different if you’re used to the commercial brands like Skippy or Jif since it’s not as salty. But hey, with this being organic and low on sodium, you can indulge on some delicious peanut butter while still being health conscious! I definitely recommend it to anyone, especially if you love peanut butter!”

  • Ingredients: Peanuts
  • Protein: 7g
  • Calories: 180
  • Fat: 15g

12. Adam’s Natural Creamy Peanut Butter

If peanut-only peanut butter is too bland for you, this brand might be your saving grace-it’s still clean, but has added salt for those looking for the salty punch! If you love the brand but need a quick, no stir option, and aren’t concerned about some added oil, try their no-stir creamy peanut butter-just be aware that they’ve added palm oil and salt to get that consistency.

“We use a lot of this. Natural nut butters helps me control how much sugar the kids are getting in their sandwiches and it tastes great. It is a little hard to get used to if you’re leaving super processed nut butters behind but I love it!”

  • Ingredients: Peanuts, Salt
  • Protein: 7g
  • Calories: 200
  • Fat: 16g

So which brand is the cleanest, greenest, simplest vegan peanut butter?

Our vote for the overall cleanest brand is Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter Co. While several brands on this list were clean, one-ingredient peanut butters, Crazy Richard’s has one of the best consistencies, has a great creamy texture and satisfying taste, and is an affordable price: each jar rings in at less than $5. They also make a great powdered version (also made from just peanuts) that’s a great on-the-go or smoothie option. You’ll find it at your local Walmart or Cub Foods. Clean, green, and simple to find!

How about you? What clean vegan peanut butter brands are you loving?

The most popular peanut butter brands ranked by calories — from most to least

  • Peanut butter can be healthy if you choose brands that just contain peanuts or peanuts and salt.
  • But some people love to buy the store-bought variety.
  • We ranked full-fat, store-bought peanut butter by calories.
  • Experts we spoke with recommended avoiding “reduced-fat” options that likely contain added sugar or corn syrup.

Peanut butter, for most people, is a dietary staple. I personally eat at least one spoonful out of the jar each day. (Don’t worry — I don’t double dip. I’m not a monster.)

Unfortunately not everyone shares my love of peanut butter. Many people are under the assumption that peanut butter is an “unhealthy” food, and try to avoid it all costs. But they couldn’t be more wrong.

“Peanut butter’s ‘unhealthy’ reputation may come from the fact that many brands add in unnecessary ingredients during processing such as sugar, hydrogenated oils and fillers,” Malina Linkas Malkani, a registered dietitian nutritionist, media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and creator of the Wholitarian Lifestyle, told INSIDER. “When peanut butter contains only peanuts and maybe a little salt, peanut butter is a great, nutrient-rich food choice that is packed with plant-based protein, heart-healthy fats, fiber and folate.”

Andy Bellatti, strategic director of Dietitians For Professional Integrity, agreed and added that, when choosing a peanut butter, people should look for brands that contain “just peanuts or peanuts and salt,” on the ingredients list.

Marie C Fields / Of course, people’s preferences and financial situations may keep them from buying these type of options. Additionally, some people may chose foods bases solely on the calorie content. If that’s the case, then this ranking might be useful.

Whatever you do though, don’t chose a “reduced-fat” option over others. “The fat removed from these products is usually replaced with corn syrup, sugar, or other additives,” Malkani explained. “From a health perspective, it’s better to choose the full-fat peanut butter.”

With that in mind, here are the most popular peanut butter brands ranked from most to least calories.

Which Peanut Butter Is Best? Reduced-Fat vs. Natural Peanut Butter

Watch: Which Peanut Butter Is Healthier?

Picking healthy foods at the grocery store can feel pretty confusing. There are thousands to choose from. At lunchtime, or even when looking for healthy snack ideas, it can be mind-boggling to figure out which spread is better for you-natural peanut butter or reduced-fat peanut butter (which is officially called a peanut-butter spread, since it has fewer peanuts.)

If you’re whipping up a peanut butter sandwich, is your best pick natural peanut butter or reduced-fat peanut butter spread? We put the two foods head to head to find out, which is healthier: this or that?

The Winner: Natural peanut butter. Yes, the full-fat peanut butter is actually healthier, so next time you’re wondering, just go all-natural. As Joyce Hendley originally reported for EatingWell, here’s why:

Fat and Calories: Reduced-fat peanut butter spreads do have less fat: 12 grams for each 2-tablespoon serving. Compare that to 16 grams of fat with standard natural peanut butter. But it’s a tradeoff not worth making. Why?

The fat in peanuts is the primarily the heart-healthy, monounsaturated type, and reducing this healthy fat doesn’t even save you a lot of calories. A 2-tablespoon serving is about 200 calories for the reduced-fat spread as well as the natural peanut butter.

Added Carbs, Sugar and Salt: The fat that would be in the reduced-fat peanut butter spread is replaced with ingredients like corn syrup solids, sugar and molasses (read: even more sugar), plus starchy fillers.

Those add-ins boost the spread’s sugar content to 4 grams and its total carbs to 15 grams. Compare that with natural PB, which has just 1 g sugars and 6 g carbs.

There’s also about twice as much sodium in the reduced-fat stuff: 220 mg vs. 105 mg in natural peanut butter.

Flavor: Then, there’s the matter of taste. Reduced-fat peanut spreads don’t contain as many peanuts as the natural stuff, which by law must contain at least 90 percent peanuts. The reduced-fat spreads hover around 60 percent peanuts (which is why they’re not called nut butters, but spreads). That means less peanut flavor, and more additives like hydrogenated oils, sugars (in all their guises) and salt.

Making or Buying Natural Peanut Butter: Natural peanut butters are made with just peanuts and sometimes a little salt. You can make your own healthy-and natural-peanut butter in a food processor at home. And, many stores now have a peanut butter machine already filled with peanuts you can grind yourself into peanut butter. However, even if you grind it yourself, it’s got the same nutrition as store-bought natural peanut butters since the same ingredients are going in.

So, next time you get a hankering for peanut butter, be sure to reach for a jar of the natural stuff. To buy the healthiest jar of peanut butter, see our shopping tips here.

Related: Watch More Grocery Store Face-Offs Between Popular Foods

Peanut butter is one of our absolute favorite foods. And we’ve got proof (85+ recipes with peanut butter so far).

We love pairing peanut butter with anything chocolate (like in these no-bake cookies, freezer fudge, protein bars, and pancakes). Or providing creamy deliciousness to savory dishes (such as stew, tofu, curry, and bowls). Its versatility is basically magic.

But not all peanut butters on the market are equally delicious. So we decided to put different brands to the test!

We did a formal, side-by-side review of some of the most popular natural peanut butters on the market. Our goal was to see which brands delivered on taste, texture, and stir-ability and which ones weren’t worth the hype, saving you the time and money of doing the research yourself!

THE GROUND RULES

  • We tested 10 peanut butters. Some were purchased from Amazon (for accessibility’s sake) and others were from a variety of health food stores.
  • This review is not sponsored in any way. We were not given free product or compensated for any of our reviews, and we had no contact with any of these brands.
  • We excluded any products containing palm oil, added sweeteners, or artificial ingredients.
  • We tried to be as unbiased and objective as possible when reviewing.
  • We tested each peanut butter by the spoonful, grading on a scale of 1-5 (1 being poor, 5 being excellent) on:
    • Stir-ability
    • Taste
    • Texture
    • Overall thoughts
  • For consumer awareness, we also examined:
    • Cost per ounce (US $) — subject to variability
    • Added oils or salt
    • Glass or plastic jar (and whether BPA-free)
    • Quality of ingredients (i.e. organic, non-GMO, etc.)
    • If we would repurchase

RESULTS

First place: Wild Friends Foods Classic Creamy
Second place: Spread the Love Organic Peanut Butter Naked
Third place: Smucker’s Organic Creamy Peanut Butter
Fourth place: 365 Organic Unsweetened & No Salt Peanut Butter
Fifth place: Fix & Fogg Peanut Butter Smooth
Sixth place: Field Day Organic Smooth & Unsalted Peanut Butter
Seventh place: Laura Scudder’s Natural Smooth Peanut Butter
Eighth place: Santa Cruz Light Roasted Creamy Peanut Butter
Ninth place: Trader Joe’s Organic Creamy No Salt Valencia Peanut Butter
Tenth place: Georgia Grinders Creamy Peanut Butter

THE REVIEW

#1: Wild Friends Foods Classic Creamy

Stir-ability: 3.25 – Visible layer of oil on top, but peanut butter underneath is creamy. Somewhat difficult to stir — clumps even after 1-2 minutes of stirring.
Taste: 5 – It tastes just as peanut butter should — perfectly peanutty, not bitter or sweet.
Texture: 4 – If you get it stirred well, it is quite creamy. But the texture tends to remain a little oily in parts and a little clumpy in others.
Overall thoughts: 4 – I love the taste and how creamy it is. Just wish it was a little easier to stir.
Approximate cost per ounce: $0.37
Added oils or salt: Sea salt
Glass or plastic jar: Plastic
Quality of ingredients (i.e. organic, non-GMO, etc.): Non-GMO

Overall score: 16.25/20
Would we repurchase? Yes

#2: Spread the Love Organic Peanut Butter Naked

Stir-ability: 4.25 – Very minimal layer of oil on top — creamy texture — some visible bits of unblended peanuts but in a good way. Overall fairly easy to stir — was able to get it all combined in about 20 seconds.
Taste: 3.5 – Not as good as Wild Friends, but probably because there’s no salt. It tastes quite simply like blended roasted peanuts. Not the best in terms of flavor (we weren’t blown away). But certainly love that it’s organic, high quality, and simple.
Texture: 4 – Creamy with little bits of unground peanuts. Perfect if you’re looking for a creamy PB with a little texture.
Overall thoughts: 4 – Because the taste wasn’t anything amazing (I missed the salt!) but love that it’s quality / organic / easy to stir.
Approximate cost per ounce: $0.69
Added oils or salt: None
Glass or plastic jar: Plastic
Quality of ingredients (i.e. organic, non-GMO, etc.): Organic, Non-GMO

Overall score: 15.75/20
Would we repurchase? Yes

#3: Smucker’s Organic Creamy Peanut Butter

Stir-ability: 4 – Very thin layer of oil visible on top. Quite creamy and relatively easy to stir — completely combined in about 30 seconds.
Taste: 4.25 – Nice flavor! Well roasted, not bitter, not sweet, not over-roasted. I definitely prefer salted PBs, but for an unsalted, this is nice.
Texture: 3.5 – Label claims “creamy,” but there are still bits of unground peanuts intact.
Overall thoughts: 3.75 – Like that it’s organic, wish it was creamier. The flavor was good overall.
Approximate cost per ounce: $0.26
Added oils or salt: None
Glass or plastic jar: Glass
Quality of ingredients (i.e. organic, non-GMO, etc.): Organic, Non-GMO

Overall score: 15.5/20
Would we repurchase? Yes

#4: 365 Organic Unsweetened & No Salt Peanut Butter

Stir-ability: 3.75 – Visible layer of oil on top, ~1 inch. Relatively difficult to stir. Eventually got it to combine.
Taste: 4 – Nicely roasted, slightly naturally sweet, no bitterness. Pleasant peanut flavor overall.
Texture: 3.75 – It claims it’s “creamy,” but it definitely still has unground peanuts intact.
Overall thoughts: 3.75 – The flavor is nice, but stirring was difficult and wish it was creamier.
Approximate cost per ounce: $0.25
Added oils or salt: None
Glass or plastic jar: Plastic
Quality of ingredients (i.e. organic, non-GMO, etc.): Organic, Non-GMO

Overall score: 15.25/20
Would we repurchase? In a pinch, yes. But not my favorite.

#5: Fix & Fogg Peanut Butter Smooth

Stir-ability: 3.75 – Very thin layer of oil visible on top, relatively easy to stir — minimal effort.
Taste: 3.75 – The taste is okay overall. Tastes unsalted, but the peanuts taste nicely roasted. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but something tastes a little amiss.
Texture: 3.5 – Label says it’s supposed to be “smooth,” but it did have little unblended bits — not bad, just not what I was expecting.
Overall thoughts: 3.75 – Good quality. I don’t even mind the slightly gritty texture. But the flavor wasn’t anything mind-blowing.
Approximate cost per ounce: $1.14
Added oils or salt: New Zealand Sea Salt
Glass or plastic jar: Glass
Quality of ingredients (i.e. organic, non-GMO, etc.): Non-GMO

Overall score: 14.75/20
Would we repurchase? No

#6: Field Day Organic Smooth & Unsalted Peanut Butter

Stir-ability: 2.5 – The jar was very full, making it a bit more difficult to stir. Visible layer of oil on top. Overall a little difficult to stir and get combined.
Taste: 3.75 – Pleasant, not too bitter, naturally sweet, but nothing amazing or mind-blowing.
Texture: 4 – Very creamy with no unground nuts intact, although it was very difficult to stir, so there were clumps and oiliness, which reflects in the overall texture.
Overall thoughts: 3.75 – I like how creamy it is, but the taste is just okay and the stir-ability was an issue.
Approximate cost per ounce: $0.28
Added oils or salt: None
Glass or plastic jar: Plastic (BPA-Free)
Quality of ingredients (i.e. organic, non-GMO, etc.): Organic, Non-GMO

Overall score: 14/20
Would we repurchase? No

#7: Laura Scudder’s Natural Smooth Peanut Butter

Stir-ability: 3 – Visible layer of oil on top. Relatively difficult to stir. Couldn’t get the oil and nut butter to fully combine.
Taste: 4 – Naturally sweet, a little bitter. Tastes roasted just about perfectly.
Texture: 3.5 – Difficulty stirring, which means some creamy bits, some oily bits. It claims to be “smooth,” but there are unground bits of peanuts intact.
Overall thoughts: 3 – Not impressed overall with the texture / stir-ability. But the taste was nice.
Approximate cost per ounce: $0.31
Added oils or salt: Salt
Glass or plastic jar: Glass
Quality of ingredients (i.e. organic, non-GMO, etc.): Organic, Non-GMO

Overall score: 13.5/20
Would we repurchase? No

#8: Santa Cruz Light Roasted Creamy Peanut Butter

Stir-ability: 2.75 – Visible layer of oil on top. Quite difficult to stir. The oil and nut butter didn’t want to combine.
Taste: 4 – The flavor is pleasant. A little naturally sweet, not bitter. Well roasted.
Texture: 3 – Label claims it’s creamy, but there are little bits of unground peanuts intact. Plus, it never really got combined because it was quite difficult to stir.
Overall thoughts: 3.5 – Not being able to mix it was frustrating. The flavor was pretty good. Wish it was creamier.
Approximate cost per ounce: $0.44
Added oils or salt: Salt
Glass or plastic jar: Glass
Quality of ingredients (i.e. organic, non-GMO, etc.): Organic, Non-GMO

Overall score: 13.25/20
Would we repurchase? No

#9: Trader Joe’s Organic Creamy No Salt Valencia Peanut Butter

Stir-ability: 3.75 – Visible layer of oil on top — nut butter is creamy underneath. Somewhat difficult to stir. Remained oily yet clumpy after 1 minute of stirring.
Taste: 3 – Slightly sweet (naturally), slightly bitter. Tastes a little over-roasted.
Texture: 3 – It’s supposed to be creamy but there are some little visible clumps.
Overall thoughts: 3 – Not too impressed with stir-ability, texture, or flavor. But I do love that it’s organic.
Approximate cost per ounce: $0.22
Added oils or salt: None
Glass or plastic jar: Plastic (BPA-Free)
Quality of ingredients (i.e. organic, non-GMO, etc.): Organic, Non-GMO

Overall score: 12.75/20
Would we repurchase? No

#10: Georgia Grinders Creamy Peanut Butter

Stir-ability: 3.75 – Visible layer of oil on top. Relatively easy to stir, but takes a little effort.
Taste: 2.5 – Not great. Tastes flat and dull. Not just because it’s unsalted. Almost “not fresh” in a way. Not a fan.
Texture: 3.25 – It is creamy, but not as creamy as Wild Friends.
Overall thoughts: 3 – Really not impressed with the flavor. Texture was okay.
Approximate cost per ounce: $0.50
Added oils or salt: Sea salt
Glass or plastic jar: Glass
Quality of ingredients (i.e. organic, non-GMO, etc.): Non-GMO

Overall score: 12.5/20
Would we repurchase? No

We hope you enjoyed this peanut butter review! Let us know what other brands you love in the comments below!

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News flash: Peanut butter isn’t just for your kid’s sandwiches anymore. This chunky, nutty pantry staple is making its way around our recipe books. It’s whipped into pie filling, swirled into oatmeal and—yep—scooped out of the jar as a 3 p.m. snack. (No judgment!) There’s no arguing that we’re nuts for peanut butter, but which brand is the best?

With this question reeling in my head—I set out on a quest to find the best crunchy peanut butter on the market. How? By inviting a few nuts from the office to taste-test the most popular brands. With no brand names, nutrition facts or eye-catching labels on the table, we had one thing to judge: flavor.

We sought a chunky peanut butter that had that perfect balance of creamy, nutty, stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth flavor. Which brands prevailed? Read on to find out.

What’s a PB&J without the P? 1 / 7

Stuffed PB&J French Toast Kabobs

I turned peanut butter and jelly into French toast. Cut up and skewer these nifty sandwiches. You win the crown for creative parent of the year. Check out my blog, nibblesbynic.com, for more fun food ideas. —Nicole Meyer, Roslyn, New York Get Recipe

Peanut Butter & Jelly Cupcakes

My husband’s love for classic peanut butter and jelly inspired this recipe. The strawberry buttercream and peanut butter frosting are a delicious combination. —Kelly McCrea, North Kingsville, Ohio Get Recipe

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bites

My friend is an avid runner. After I heard that she craved a peanut butter and jelly sandwich during a race, I whipped up these convenient bites for her. —Jennifer Heasley, York, Pennsylvania Get Recipe

PBJ on a Stick

I always try to come up with new ways to serve lunch to my kids. This recipe was a hit! —Sara Martin, Brookfield, Wisconsin Get Recipe

Peanut Butter and Jelly Omelet

Kids will absolutely devour this scrumptious omelet with peanut butter and jelly. Serving several for dinner? Fill each omelet with a different type of jelly for a fun change of pace. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen Get Recipe

PB&J French Toast

My grandpa made an awesome breakfast for us grandkids: French toast that started on the griddle as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.—Lindsey Folsom, Dorsey, Illinois Get Recipe

Peanut Butter & Jam Muffins

Selling youngsters on bran muffins is a breeze when PB&J are key ingredients. Moist and easy to freeze, they make a fast and portable breakfast food or anytime snack.—Judy Van Heek, Crofton, Nebraska Get Recipe

Best Natural Brand: Peanut Butter & Co.

Average rating: 6.2/10

“On the bread, it spreads really easily.”

“This one is fine on toast, but I don’t really like it alone.”

“Honestly? This just isn’t peanutty enough for me.”

Peanut Butter & Co. Crunch Time tasted more sweet and a smidgen more salty than its natural competitors. However, the peanut butter still tasted a bit oily and bland. We noticed that the nuts were chopped much finer than other peanut butters on the table, leaving the taste testers craving more crunch. The peanut butter was very sticky, too. It might have been a case of peanut butter fatigue, but after this spread a few of our tasters had to take a water break.

For Roasted Nut Fans: Jif

Average Rating: 7/10

“The nuts in here are unpeeled and heavily roasted.”

Tasters picked up on this brand’s noticeably thick, sweet and crunchy taste. But one thing about Jif Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter stood out: The peanuts in the spread were very heavily roasted. I’m talkin’ some nuts tasted borderline burned. Upon closer examination, the group noticed that many of Jif’s nuts were left unpeeled. My guess? This extra bit of peanut coating was the thing that drove our taste buds nuts.

Freshest Flavor: Skippy

Average Rating: 7.6/10

“This one is a lot like the first one .”

“Out of all of them, this one is definitely the freshest.”

“I’d consider this like your natural Jiffy.“

Skippy Super Chunk Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter received high marks and almost edged its way to our #1 pick. The spread was thick and creamy—just like any classic PB&J-worthy peanut butter should be. A few tasters noted that the chopped nuts tasted a little fresher than the other butters on the table. When it came to flavor, Skippy was unique because it tasted as if there were slight, sweet notes of honey. I took a look back at the label when the tasting was through; there’s no honey, just sugar and hydrogenated oil.

Our Top Pick: Peter Pan

Average Rating: 8/10

“Scooping it out of the can, it’s pretty. Looks like ice cream.”

“Yup. This is the one. Definitely my favorite.”

We had a clear winner. The creamiest, smoothest and sweetest of the bunch was none other than Peter Pan Crunchy Peanut Butter. It was almost like scooping crunchy, nutty frosting from a jar. You could taste the sugary sweetness in each bite. Peter Pan had a firm texture and fresh nutty taste. Plus, its peanuts were a little darker than the competitors’. This gave the butter a nice roasted taste.

What You Should Take Away

Brand isn’t everything

After seeing the results from this tiny test, I realized that brand name might be a big factor when it comes to choosing a peanut butter. In a 2016 study, a whopping 112 million people reported Jif was the brand of peanut butter they’d eaten in the last 30 days. (Comparatively, 81 million reported they had Skippy and only 45 million said they ate Peter Pan.) Though Jif seems popular among the masses, it didn’t rank up to our taste tester’s standards. Next time I go to the store, I’ll think twice before grabbing my usual brand.

Psst: In our taste tests, sometimes the generic product even wins out!

Price had an almost inverse relation to flavor

When it came to our final tallies, it seemed as though the cheaper the peanut butter was, the better. Santa Cruz was our most expensive pick, sometimes pricing out at as much as $1.06 per ounce (though prices vary a lot depending on your source), while our favorite, Peter Pan, can be purchased for as little as $0.18 per ounce. That’s a huge savings!

Better taste may not be better for your diet

Though the budget-friendly, better-tasting peanut butters ranked higher on our scorecards, it’s worth noting that the most likely reason is that the spreads are filled with some not-so-healthy ingredients. Think: hydrogenated vegetable oils (liquid fats) and extra sugar (one of our staffers got rid of her sugar cravings with the Whole30). But don’t let this scare you off the stuff. As with most delicious things in life, we recommend consuming chunky peanut butter in moderation.

Wondering what happened to the leftovers? We celebrated by rounding up all the sweet ways we could use up this dreamy spread. Check our our best desserts for peanut butter lovers, here.

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