Trader Joe’s Organic Creamy Peanut Butter: Honestly Good For You


Welcome back to The Heath Nut Corner everyone and today’s soldier fighting the war against junk food is Trader Joe’s Creamy/Crunchy Peanut Butter.  I guess you guys are wondering why this particular peanut butter is featured in this segment…or you’re bored and waiting for me to tell you…well here its.

The main difference between this peanut butter sold by Trader Joe’s and the one you usually get at your local mega mart, such as Skippy etc, is the fact that it doesn’t have any hydrogenated oils mixed into the peanut butter.  The reason why other manufacturers add hydrogenated oils to peanut butter is because it prevents the oil from separating from the peanut butter, as well as extending the shelf life of the product.  Hydrogenated oils is also known by another name…trans fat.  Now you may notice that it might still say 0 grams of trans fat on the label, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t in there.  There is some trans fat in your non-organic peanut butter, just not a lot.  However, if you can avoid it by just eating organic peanut butter, why not?

Trans fat has been known to cause numerous health problems such as raising LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol and reducing HDL (high density lipoprotein) cholesterol.  This can cause numerous problems to your heart and not worth your trouble.  Trans fat was synthetic fat, which means your body doesn’t really know how to digest them.  Dr. Oz, in one episode I saw when he was on Oprah, stated that eating saturated fat is far better than consuming anything with trans fat in them.

Peanut butter has lots of good unsaturated fats as well as a good amount of protein for your body.  It also keeps you full longer and prevents you from over stuffing yourself with its high fat content.

However, with anything high fat, enjoy this in moderation because you are technically only suppose to consume 65-70g of fat a day if you are on a 2000 calorie diet…of those 65-70g, you are not suppose to exceed 20-25g in saturated fat.  While healthy for you, enjoy in moderation…unless you enjoy wearing bigger pants of the relationship…literally.


~ by thankgoditsfood on August 31, 2009.

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