Originally Posted by kpickell
Why is natural peanut butter better for you? Is it because it has less sugar and salt? I've never tried it yet.
Because the "regular" stuff is full of hydrogenated oil, which is very, very bad for you, even though the PB companies try to take emphasis off this by putting "no trans fats" on the label.
If you stir the oil into the natural PB when you first buy it, then keep it in the refrigerator, it doesn't separate between each use either. You might not like it as well if you're not used to it, but once I ate it a few times I came to like it better.
I buy Arrowhead Mills organic and can actually get it in the regular grocery store, which is nice. A lot of pesticides are used in peanut production and PB is such a concentrated source of peanuts, so I only eat organic PB now. Several of Jimmy Carter's relatives have had pancreatic cancer and they think it might be in part due to all the chemicals on the family's peanut farm. Anyway, with my family's history, I don't take chances.