“Choosy moms DONT choose JIF”

Peanut Butter has always been a favorite in my home. Growing up, I would eat peanut butter on toast in the mornings, dip celery in it as a snack, and make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Although I ate JIF peanut butter on a daily basis, I never stopped once to question where the product came from and the process of how it is made. In my research, I learned about the health benefits and drawbacks of JIF peanut butter. To begin, JIF peanut butter contains protein and potassium, for better heart health, as well as various vitamins and fiber for your bones and muscles. I then compared JIF with natural peanut butters. JIF’s peanut butter goes through the hydrogenation process artificially to allow it to preserve longer and therefore stay on the shelves. In addition, JIF has less protein and fiber and more sugar than natural peanut butters. JIF has actually been working towards a healthier process and recently has come out with a “natural creamy peanut butter” that contains palm oil rather than going through the hydrogenation process, yet still has more improvement necessary to be “natural”. Overall, being familiar with products and the process in which they were made helps you make better/healthier purchases. As a consumer, it is our job to choose if we want to support local vs large, global companies, and natural vs processed, artificial products. Next time I go to the grocery store, I intend on buying a natural peanut butter rather than JIF.

~Lena Rollins

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