Big brands like Jif, Skippy, and Peter Pan add a trivial 1 or 2 grams of sugar to the 1 or 2 grams that occur naturally in the peanuts. It’s no big deal. But these days, “artisan” varieties like Peanut Butter & Co. Cinnamon Raisin Swirl and Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Creamy Chocolate Spread can hit 9 grams of sugar per serving—7 of them added. That’s 1½ of the six-teaspoon daily added sugar limit for women or the nine-teaspoon max for men. Some brands have enough sugar to displace a gram or two of protein.
Planters NUT•rition Banana Granola Nut and Cherry Chocolate Energy Mix Peanut Butters sound healthier. But they’ve got more sugar than fruit. And PB Crave Coco Bananas and Sunland Natural Peanut Butter Creamy Banana Spread have no fruit at all (unless you count banana extract or “natural flavor”). If you want fruit, put slices of apple, pear, or banana on your sandwich.
Try Laura, Smucker’s, Adams, or others with no added salt or sugar
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