Oh, the peanut butter aisle! One wonders how such a simple, delicious creation could be so complex. Really though, it’s not supposed to be. Peanut butter should simply be nuts pulverized into a delicious mash—that’s it! So, to keep you from going nuts at the grocery store, here are some helpful suggestions.

1. Pick a “peanut butter” not a “peanut butter spread” Standard peanut butter is defined as being 90% peanuts with only 10% allowed for seasoning and stabilizing oils [1]. Peanut butter “spread” does not meet this qualification. Manufacturers have more leeway to add unnecessary ingredients. (Remember: less is more.)

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Written by: Emily