They immediately noticed that it was very different from American peanut butter — not as smooth and definitely not as sweet. A look at the ingredients list showed just two things: peanuts, salt. That was it. The family liked the peanut butter and happily snacked on it with freshly-baked bread every day. But when they got home, they continued buying and eating the Very Well Known (not organic or natural) peanut butter they had been eating for years.
Later that year, they went to Canada and, while there, had peanut butter again. As with its British counterpart, Canadian peanut butter was much simpler than the American version — just peanuts and a little salt. And, again, the family really liked it.
When the family returned home, Recycla did some research. Unlike the British and Canadian peanut butters, the American stuff her family had been eating contained more than just two ingredients, including sugar and hydrogenated oils. While this isn’t horrible, the fact is, peanut butter is already oily, so more oil isn’t needed. And sugar is definitely not necessary, especially since so many people eat jelly on their PB&J’s.
The family decided to make the switch to a peanut butter that contains just two ingredients. They found several options, including the Whole Foods house brand. It’s simple, it’s yummy, and best of all, it’s not expensive.
While conventional vs. organic peanut butter is more of a health thing and isn’t a huge deal in the eco spectrum, Recycla encourages you to try something other than the major brands that contain excess oils and sugars. If you think the new texture and flavor won’t fly with picky palates, try cutting in some of the new stuff with the old stuff, then gradually phase out the old stuff.
If enough people switch away from the extra oily, extra sweet peanut butter, it will send a message to manufacturers that Americans don’t want the extra ingredients. In fact, the Big Peanut Butter Companies appear to have already received the message, as they all now offer “natural” peanut butters. Unfortunately, those versions still contain more than just two ingredients, including sugar and palm oil.
Tell the Eco Women: Do you eat peanut butter? If so, have you tried the organic stuff? And, are you a creamy or chunky peanut butter person?