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Countless options of peanut butter are available on grocery store shelves today, but not all of them are created equal when it comes to healthiness.
Certain types are rich in unsaturated fats, protein, and fiber with minimal additives, while others are also high in added sugar and ingredients that make them less healthy.
You may wonder what the healthiest choices are when it comes to peanut butter.
This article explains how to choose a healthy peanut butter and lists 6 of the healthiest options.
A good rule of thumb for choosing a healthy peanut butter is to look for one with the fewest ingredients.
Peanut butter is a relatively unprocessed food that only requires one ingredient — peanuts. They’re typically roasted and ground into a paste to make the final product.
However, one-ingredient peanut butter can be difficult to find unless you grind it yourself. Most commercial peanut butters contain at least peanuts and salt — and oftentimes a slew of other ingredients.
Less healthy products often contain added sugar and highly refined vegetable oils, which offer extra calories and potentially adverse health effects. For example, eating too much added sugar or refined fats may increase your risk of heart disease (1, 2).
Even some natural and organic peanut butters include these unhealthy ingredients, making it important to read the ingredient panel.
The healthiest commercial peanut butters contain minimal ingredients, starting with peanuts and sometimes salt. Less healthy varieties often contain vegetable oils and added sugar.
Below are 6 healthy traditional peanut butter brands, in no particular order.