Best Peanut Butter Brands

Sweet-salty, nutty, creamy and/or crunchy, our Top Picks in the Big Peanut Butter Review display a balance of these facets, and more. Why do you need to know which is the BEST Peanut Butter for you? Because there are so many brands and variants available now, that it was time we did this review! We picked over 15 jars of creamy, crunchy and 100% natural peanut butters; after tasting, testing and sandwich-making a category that is full of popular, local and new brands we can share with you our top recommendations.

Best Creamy Peanut Butter: Dr. Oetker Funfoods Peanut Butter

The peanut butter by Funfoods is creamy and has a silky smooth consistency. It tastes of freshly roasted peanuts with a balance of salty and sweet and is easy to spread on untoasted bread as well. It was the best ‘creamy’ peanut butter amongst the brands we reviewed.

Best Crunchy Peanut Butter: Skippy Peanut Butter- Extra Crunchy

Skippy Peanut Butter- Extra Crunchy is not only the crunchiest peanut butter we reviewed, but the non-crunchy part is also silky smooth, giving it an overall great texture. Crunchy peanut butter, as we know, is thicker than its creamy counterpart, but often it can be so thick that it is difficult to spread on a slice of bread/toast. Skippy Peanut Butter Extra Crunch has no such issues.

Best Healthy Peanut Butter: Happy Jars 100% Natural Peanut Butter (Jaggery Cream)

Happy Jars 100% Natural Jaggery Creamy Peanut Butter is not only tasty and creamy, but it also has no added sugar, no oil and no preservatives. It uses jaggery for mild sweetness and the nutty flavors of jaggery and peanuts are very well balanced. We liked the grainy texture as well.

Contender: Pintola Unsweetened Peanut Butter (All Natural) Crunchy

Pintola Unsweetened Peanut Butter contains zero trans-fats, no hydrogenated oil, no added sugar and salt, and only 100% peanuts. It is very crunchy; however, it has a thin consistency and is good to be used more for shakes and desserts than a spread.

Contender: Jus Amazin Peanut Butter Sweet ‘N’ Salty (Creamy)

The ingredients in Jus Amazin Peanut Butter include organic peanuts, organic jaggery powder, and organic rock salt, making it a healthy pick. It contains zero trans-fats and has no other added sugar. Its consistency is more liquid as compared to others.

How We Picked Our Brands

We picked a wide range of brands that do either creamy or crunchy or both types of peanut butter. We picked only those that DO NOT use hydrogenated oils and contain no trans-fats. Other than that, we picked brands that are widely available. Furthermore, we also picked up some brands that have unsweetened or healthier options of peanut butter with no oil and no added preservatives or added sugar.

Who Is It For?

Peanut butter can be used for many purposes. It is often consumed for its sweet roasted flavor, which makes it a great spread for your morning toast. However, its nutritional content also makes it a good source of protein and fiber, due to which it is often cited as a great pre or post-workout meal.

What We Were Looking For

Peanut Butters come in multiple variants – creamy, crunchy and now even healthy and all-natural. Traditional Peanut Butters were made using a combination of peanuts and oil, and sugar for sweetness. Earlier, partially hydrogenated oils were used to make peanut butter, but once the movement away from hydrogenated oils began (as hydrogenated oils were found to increase cholesterol levels more than even saturated fats do) palm oil began to be used in making peanut butter commercially.

What Is Palm Oil & What Does It Do?

Palm oil is edible vegetable oil obtained from either the palm fruit or palm kernel seed. Oil made from the palm fruit is marginally better than that made from the seeds. Having said that, this distinction is hardly ever seen on nutrition labels. In both cases, palm oil contributes to saturated fats.

Why Is Palm Oil Used?

Because it is amongst the cheapest sources of vegetable oil, that does not contribute trans-fats. Its primary role is to avoid the separation of oil and stabilize the butter. Some amount of oil separation in natural peanut butter is to be expected. Adding palm oil helps thicken the butter, and also gives them an extended shelf life, sometimes of over a year.

How We Tested (Our Tasting Process)

Apart from the two categories, creamy and crunchy, we added another field that included peanut butter that is natural, and a healthier alternative. This even includes products that are unsweetened and have 100% peanut concentration. The only reason we placed them in a separate category altogether is because of their taste and texture, which are completely different from the commercially available ones that are sweetened.

The parameters that helped us in finding our Top Picks were consistency, aroma and taste. We made soft-bread sandwiches, and also tried every single brand by tasting them on hot toasts. Tasting them in different ways, over multiple sessions was crucial in deciding our Top Picks.

How Does Peanut Butter Help In Losing Weight?

People often wonder if peanut butter is beneficial for weight loss as it has a high level of calories as well. New research has proved that peanut butter can indeed be used for weight loss and it can be a part of your diet plan.

Peanut butter helps you in weight loss in 2 methods, it helps you in controlling your appetite and by managing the blood sugar levels. In fact, peanut butter not only helps you in losing weight but also helps in maintaining it. Some experts say it is because of the way it is metabolized.

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