I remember when I was a child, my fridge was always stocked full of various spreads because eating plain white bread was our breakfast staple. We had butter at first, which was then replaced by margarine (eww) as our health promotion board told us that plant oils were better. We also had strawberry jam, kaya, chocolate spread, marmalade and marmite. But my all-time favourite was peanut butter. I loved crunchy peanut butter. I loved the chunks of peanuts trapped in a creamy, sticky mess that was both sweet and salty at the same time. I could eat peanut butter straight from the jar and I often did.
Skippy Super Chunk was my favourite.
Peter Pan was a close second.
But like almost all processed food, these products contain additives that are just bad for our bodies! Skippy Super Chunk contains: roasted peanuts, sugar, hydrogenated vegetable oils (cottonseed, soybean and rapeseed), salt. Peter Pan doesn’t even list ingredients on their website!
What’s a peanut butter-loving girl to do?!
Thankfully, I found an alternative from Adams Peanut Butter. The best thing is that it’s sold at NTUC Fairprice so I don’t have to go some special organic store to get it. I bought one bottle (454 grams) for about $5, which is quite reasonable compared to my usual Melrose almond butter, which goes for $13 for half the size.
They have both crunchy and creamy and I chose crunchy! As with all natural butters, the oil separated and formed a top layer.When I first opened it, I used a metal spoon to stir for 30 seconds before eating the peanut butter. Subsequently, stirring would get easier as the amount of peanut butter decreases.
The ingredients list is such: Peanuts, contains 1% or less of salt
That is so much better than Skippy and Peter Pan.
From a paleo point of view, however, I read that peanut butter is in a grey area. It is called peanut but it’s actually not a nut; in fact it’s a legume that contains potentially gut-irritating lectins. However, Mark’s Daily Apple said that there have been no conclusive studies regarding the effects of eating peanut butter and the peanut itself is fairly nutritious and rich in polyphenols.
To be safe though, an alternative to peanut butter are nut butters, including almond butter, macadamia butter and cashew butter. I love all of them. I even prefer the taste of almond butter to peanut butter now. However, these nut butters are extremely expensive (something like $13 for 250 grams of Melrose almond butter, and even more for the more expensive nuts like macadamia).
Here I’m conducting a taste test between Melrose almond butter and Meridian almond butter; the latter can be purchased at Holland and Barrett for about $9. Meridian almond butter has a pinch of salt, whereas Melrose does not contain salt. I’m not sure why the colour is so different since they are both almonds. I suppose Meridian has more almond skin. In terms of taste, they are nearly identical. In terms of texture, I prefer Melrose because it’s creamier and the nut chunks are slightly larger.
Until I figure out a way to make my own nut butters, I will continue to burn a hole in my pocket for these nut butters because they are way more delicious than peanut butter and more nutritious. I have seen them sold in: