There are so many brands of peanut butters and so much marketing hogwash, that it has become harder than ever before to know whether or not what you're buying is healthy. So we've made it simple for you. While different food safety authorities define 'natural' differently and have their own permissible levels of additives, you can use two clues to check for a healthy peanut butter.
1. Very few ingredients
By law, every packaged food must declare all it's ingredients, in descending order of quantity used. In the healthiest and most natural peanut butter, the list of ingredients should have only the nuts listed. The more nuts there are in the peanut butter, the more protein and good stuff you get from it. Always check the full list of ingredients at the back of the label on your peanut butter. Look out for added oils (palm, rapeseed, sunflower, peanut), hydrogenated fats and preservatives. Also notice how high or low on the list sugar appears. If it comes first then you know it's a large proportion of the peanut butter. Try to select one that has real food ingredients that you would eat on their own rather than chemical compounds.
2. A flowing consistency
Most natural nut butters are flowy, smooth, and not solid. Since they don't have added stabilizers and emulsifiers to bind them, they tend to remain fluid at room temperature (easy to pour and spread). That's also why you'll often see some separated oil floating on top of your Happy Jar. This is perfectly normal and is a good sign. The oil actually has part of the nutrition your peanut butter provides you. Don't throw it away - mix it back into the jar every time.
So there it is. As simple as these two tricks. At Happy Jars we tell you absolutely everything that goes into your jar. If you read our ingredients lists you will see that we break up every part of our recipe, including telling you what goes into the dark chocolate we use!
Choose the flavour that's best for you and give us a shout if you'd ever like to know more.