PEANUT BUTTER: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.
A staple in most households. A childhood favourite. The best part of the classic PB & J. What more do you need to know?
Commonly one of the first items we purchase when we move homes or travel - it's an easy source of goodness when dipping slices of apple in it for a mid-afternoon snack or smearing it on a warm piece of sourdough toast as we're rushing out the door on a weekday.
QB Gelato & Café makes its own Peanut Butter using dry-roasted peanuts (considerably better as no oil is used in the cooking process), and Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt (originates from either the sea or the earth, dissolves easily and quickly) and grinds the two into a paste (butter) in a commercial, high-powered food processor. No added sugar or oils. Two ingredients. Period.
QB Peanut Butter provides important nutrients like vitamin E, vitamin B3 and manganese - all found in significant quantities in peanuts. Peanut butter contains significantly more protein and fat than it does carbohydrates (sugars). The consumption of peanut butter and other nuts is associated with lower rates of type 2 diabetes. Some might consider the fat content of peanut butter to be a negative, but it shouldn't be. Peanuts contain much more unsaturated 'healthy' fat than saturated 'unhealthy' fat; approximately 80% unsaturated and 20% saturated. A great source of protein (8g per standard serving) and fibre - both of these properties help you to feel full. Peanut butter tastes great. And it keeps us full!
Everything in moderation though. Like life, peanuts are not simple. Of the unsaturated fats in peanut butter some are polyunsaturated. Polyunsaturated fats come in 2 main forms: omega 3s and omega 6s. To simplify, omega 3s are anti-inflammatory and omega 6s are pro-inflammatory. We don't want pro-inflammatory foods in our diet and we do want anti-inflammatory foods. Another fact that not everyone knows is that peanuts are grown underground. Based on the environment they are grown in some peanuts are exposed to more damp soils than others. This damp environment can develop a fungus around the peanuts. The fungus produces aflatoxins. Most of the aflatoxins (89%) are removed from peanuts during processing.
The verdict... we are not going to tell you to stop eating peanut butter because of the negatives, because there are ALSO POSITIVES. As mentioned above - everything in moderation. And make educated, mindful choices when selecting your Peanut Butter. Try and avoid Peanut Butter that have additional additives - like the oil floating on top (yes, this is an additive), or sugars that might be used in preserving the peanut butter for a longer shelf life. Here at QB Gelato & Café we process our Peanut Butter in small batches on a weekly basis. We use high quality peanuts and only add Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt. If you haven't tried it - grab a jar and compare for yourself. Available on line HERE or drop in and we can tell you more.