MaraNatha Peanut Butter Review

I love natural peanut butters and picked this jar up at Walmart yesterday to give it a try. Two lines on the label intrigued me – “only two ingredients” along with “no sugar or salt added”. Another aspect that caught my attention was, unlike most natural peanut butters there was no visible oil separation at the top of the jar, therefore no trying to stir a full jar while hoping to not slop any of the oil out of the jar.

I opened this jar last night and had some of it. As you can see, there is still no oil separation and you can also see just how creamy this peanut butter is. The creaminess reminds me of the powdered peanut butters you mix with a little water, but for the fact you do know the oil is there as you are eating it. Though the presence of oil is not unfavorable in any type of way, I actually add MCT oil to my powdered peanut butter on occasion.

Being as I very rarely eat breads, I like my peanut butter spread out, and then rolled up in a high fiber Ole brand Extreme Wellness tortilla. I skip breads simply because most of them contain added sugars and I actually just prefer these tortilla’s.

Biting into this peanut butter roll up, the first thing I noticed about the flavor is that it is not even remotely similar to any peanut butter I have ever tasted. It tastes good, but since there is no sugar or salt, this peanut butter tastes blander than most. Yet, the flavor of the peanuts is still quite enjoyable in my opinion. I will say, that with this product truly only having two ingredients, you might be a little put off by how different it tastes than regular peanut butters including the other natural brands. Being as I do not consume anything with added sugars, and have never cared for the taste of salt, I think I might come to prefer this over other natural peanut butters I have bought in the past.

As you can see in the ingredients label, the only two ingredients are peanuts and palm oil. What more needs to be said, this is about as basic as it gets!

At 200 calories per serving, this product is about 10 to 20 calories higher than most other peanut butters on the market, but this difference is negligible when you consider it packs in  8 grams of  protein, 2 grams of fiber and only 2 net grams of carbs (net carb grams equal total carbs minus grams of fiber).

As for the content of palm oil and its health benefits, or lack thereof, the jury is out. Advocates of Keto are likely to tell you it is good for you, while other nutritionists might say it is bad.

Palm oil appears to have some health benefits. Some studies have shown that palm oil [can help reduce] the risk factors for heart disease and aid in brain functioning. Palm oil is high in tocotrienols, a form of vitamin E that act like antioxidants. Some research suggests that tocotrienols can slow the progression of dementia and lower stroke risk. However, palm oil isn’t the healthiest oil you can use for cooking. This oil is about half good (unsaturated) and half bad (saturated) fats, but it’s in so many varying foods that it’s difficult for researchers to determine if it’s actually good or bad for you. As with the caloric content of this peanut butter, you will want to use moderation if you are trying to consume this while also attempting to win the battle of the bulge.

To our good friend Dolly at koolkosherkitchen, this peanut butter is certified Kosher!

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