Enjoy These Natural Peanut Butters!

February 25, 2012 9:52 PM EST
Smucker's natural peanut butter
Smucker's natural peanut butter (Photo: Smucker's)

1.365 Everyday value (from Whole Foods)
2.Santa Cruz Organic Dark Roasted Creamy
3.Smucker's Natural Creamy
4.Smooth Operator, Peanut Butter&Co
5.Skippy Natural
6.Smucker's Natural Chunky
7.Santa Cruz Organic Light Roasted Crunch
8.Jif Natural
9.Trader Joe's Valencia
10.Joseph's Sugar-Free Creamy Valencia

Peanut butter is amazingly tasty, a rock-solid partner in weight management, and can be used many ways. "Natural" peanut butter is peanut butter in its purest form without added sugar and free of unidentifiable ingredients that keep it shelf-stable for an eternity.

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But when first making the switch from good old Skippy to natural peanut butter, take it slow. You may need to give it a few tries before you add it to your shopping list. The first thing that turns new users off is the oil separation. Mix the oil into the peanut butter before eating. A trick is to store it upside down so the oil gradually blends into the peanut butter. Dumping out the oil may lead to hard, crumbly peanut butter in a few days.

"Natural" peanut butter has been pushed by marketers over the past decade to accommodate America's sudden hyper-awareness of trans fats. Though most brands have recently eliminated trans fats by now using fully hydrogenated oils instead of partially hydrogenated oils in their classic recipe, they're also pushing "natural" brands for the more health-conscious consumer.

These ten delicious and nutritious winners will have you scraping the jar for the last sticky spoon.


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