Finding the Best Peanut Butter

Finding the Best Peanut Butter

Nearly every American is familiar with the sweet, salty taste of peanut butter; in fact, it’s found in 94 percent of American households. Peanut butter is a staple in family pantries for many good reasons: It’s made with protein-packed peanuts, and it’s economical, versatile and tastes great.

If you developed your peanut butter habit many years ago, you’ve probably settled on a favorite brand. But did you know that new peanut butters have been sneaking onto the market in the last few years, some with decidedly sophisticated flavors?

Peanut Butter Evolution

Following the all-natural food trend, many peanut butters that contain nothing but peanuts, or peanuts and a bit of salt, became available in grocery stores. Of course, this style of peanut butter is not new; in fact, its origins date back to the Aztecs and Incas.

These one- and two-ingredient peanut butters touted their healthier contents — no added sugar or emulsifiers — and many customers loved them. They did, however, suffer from a drawback that many consumers had trouble adjusting to: They had no sweetness.

So other peanut butter innovators tackled the conundrum — how to make peanut butter slightly sweet, highly spreadable and still all-natural and healthy. These new peanut butters are some of the best you’ll ever taste.

What Makes a Peanut Butter Great

These peanut butters are not made with humdrum ingredients chosen to make the most profit for their makers. They’re made with ingredients of exceptional quality, carefully chosen for the combination of flavors they provide and to deliver the best nutritional value. It’s time to compare your go-to peanut butter against the best of these new brands. Look for these factors when comparing peanut butters.

Ingredients and Nutrition

Look at the label on the jar and read the list of ingredients. A great peanut butter doesn’t contain additives and preservatives you can’t pronounce, nor should it have high fructose sugars. The less added salt and sugar, the better.

The source of the ingredients is also important. Are they all-natural? Non-GMO? Gluten-free?

Appearance and Consistency

Spreadability is one quality of more natural peanut butters that many customers accustomed to standard brands have difficulty with. In some products, the natural oils separate and rise to the top, but the fix is simple. Just stir the oil back in and refrigerate, and it won’t separate again.

Crunchy vs. smooth: Peanut butter lovers fall into one of two types: Those who love creamy and those who crave crunchy. Luckily, this difference doesn’t affect a peanut butter’s quality.

Taste

The flavor of a great peanut butter is a balance of peanuts, saltiness and sweetness.

Saltiness: Some people find peanut butter without salt to be a little bland, but too much can also overwhelm the peanut flavor. Keep an eye out for the type of salt being used in the nut butter. Not all salts are created equal. For example, Himalayan pink salt is unrefined, crunchy and loaded with micronutrients and flavor!

Sweetness: Just as some people missed the salt in unsalted peanut butter, others found they missed sweetness in unsweetened peanut butter. Just remember what we mentioned in the nutrition section above, and avoid high fructose sugars or sugar levels above 4 grams per serving, especially if they aren’t all natural sugars or sweeteners. Examples of healthy natural sweeteners include organic honey, Demerara sugar, and organic stevia leaf extract.

Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter

One new brand is Betsy’s Best. This peanut butter genuinely lives up to its “gourmet” name. Not only does it contain ingredients of the highest quality, Betsy has added some unique flavors that truly individualize this peanut butter.

Betsy Opyt is a registered dietitian and personal trainer, and she started on her journey to peanut butter perfection when she decided to make her own for her daughter. What does Betsy’s Best Gourmet peanut butter have that makes it special?

  • Ingredients and Nutrition: All ingredients are of the highest quality, natural, non-GMO and gluten-free. The roasted peanuts are a great source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, as well as protein, vitamins and minerals. The chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, iron, calcium, antioxidants and fiber, and the sunflower oil is a healthy polyunsaturated fat.
  • Appearance and Consistency: Sunflower oil helps keep the consistency smooth and spreadable, and chia seeds add a bit of crunch along with a lot of superfood punch.
  • Taste: Pink Himalayan salt creates the slightly salty flavor, and it contributes minerals lacking in table salt. Cinnamon, organic honey and demerara sugar add a hint of sweetness — the cinnamon Betsy uses is Korintji, which has a rich flavor and robust nutrients.

If you haven’t tasted Betsy’s Best, you probably haven’t discovered what you will call the Best Peanut Butter Ever. People love it so much that 83 percent of reviews on Amazon are five-star. This is just one customer’s comment,

“I am very impressed with the taste and texture of this all-natural peanut butter. The peanut flavor really comes through while the pink salt, honey, and cinnamon offer a complex and gourmet taste. It also has chia seeds which provides a nice crunch. I love making and eating a gourmet PB&J sandwich that features Betsy’s Best on whole wheat toast, with a red pepper jelly, and dry baked bacon. Trust me and give this sandwich a try. Don’t substitute the Betsy’s Best with another peanut butter, because it won’t be as good if you do. Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter truly is gourmet and worth the purchase.”

Read more peanut butter reviews on Amazon.

Betsy’s aim is to make products with “functional food ingredients that will nourish the body, [and] flavors that will fascinate the taste buds and foster a feeling of connection with food that is good for you.” Her gourmet peanut butter certainly meets her high standards and is sure to become your new favorite.

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Why is Himalayan Pink Salt Better For You Than Regular Salt?

Why is Himalayan Pink Salt Better For You Than Regular Salt?

We didn’t choose Himalayan Pink Salt for our Betsy’s Best products just because of its pretty pink color. There’s a reason we season our products with this beautifully colored crystal!

Why is Himalayan Pink Salt Better For You Than Regular Salt?

Himalayan Pink Salt is known as the purest salt on earth. In fact, it’s been protected deep within the pristine Himalayan Mountains for over 250 million years! Although it has the same sodium content as table salt (meaning it’s no better for blood pressure levels) Himalayan Pink Salt has a few key things traditional table salt lacks:

  • Nutritional benefits
  • Superior texture and flavor – all of which are thanks to the way sea salt is extracted from the earth.

Unlike Himalayan Pink Salt, after traditional table salt is mined from deposits in the earth, it’s heavily processed and stripped of all its minerals. “Anti-caking” agents are then added to prevent the salt from clumping together. On the other hand, Himalayan Pink Salt requires very minimal processing, which preserves the salt’s natural texture, flavor and 84 nourishing minerals.

Why Betsy Chose Himalayan Pink Salt For Her Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters

The main reason Himalayan Pink Salt has graced Betsy’s Best products is because of its minimal processing; this savory salt remains more coarse and flavorful than traditional table salt, and in turn, is more satisfying to the taste buds. Himalayan Pink Salt is the perfect pair for the sweet flavor of Betsy’s Best. The combination of salty and sweet makes quite the treat!

Now you know how much thought went into choosing the perfect salt for our nut & seed butters. Himalayan Pink Salt isn’t just delicious, it’s nutritious too!

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Five Key Nutrients in Your Betsy’s Best Nut and Seed Butters

Five Key Nutrients in Your Betsy’s Best Nut and Seed Butters

What makes Betsy’s Best, the BEST?! Well, Betsy uses super food ingredients to ensure her products develop a great taste, savory texture, succulent flavor AND a nutrient density that trumps all others. Let’s delve into Betsy’s ingredients to see how this is accomplished.

Nut and Seeds – The All-Stars in Betsy’s Best Butters.

  • Almonds – Gathered straight from almond trees in California, this healthy fat is key to lowering our enemy, LDL cholesterol. In addition, almonds will aid in stabilizing blood sugar, manage weight loss and are full of vitamins and minerals.
  • Peanuts –– Being part of the legume family, peanuts are full of our trusty friend, monounsaturated fats. Being an antioxidant marks the true value of peanuts. Betsy is sure to use roasted peanuts that boost the 
 antioxidant content to a whole new level.
  • Cashews –– As a member of the nut family, one is guaranteed that cashews are high in fat. Luckily for cashews and you, they are full of healthy, unsaturated fats, YAY! Cashews are also known for their relatively high amount of ultra-trace minerals, magnesium and zinc.
  • Sunflower Seeds –– Even though not a nut, sunflower seeds are extremely healthy for your gut! Being bountiful of Vitamin E, B1, copper, manganese and selenium, sunflower seeds are your friend and lower your risk for cardiovascular disease to keep you healthy!
  • Chia Seeds – Standing only two millimeters tall and weighing less than a grain of sand, chia seeds can absorb 12 times their weight in water (hold the applause). As those of you with experience using this mighty seed know, chia seeds form a clear gel around the outside of the seed. This helps to slow digestion, keeping one fuller longer, slowing the breakdown of carbohydrates, lowering cholesterol and add bulk to improve elimination (applaud now).

Other Great Ingredients in Betsy’s Best

  • Spices – Betsy’s favorite spices to use in her butters are Cinnamon and Cardamom. Cinnamon’s main benefit is like that of peanuts being an antioxidant powerhouse. Nasty, uncharged, free radicals are always trying to invade our bodies; therefore, it is important to have high levels of antioxidants to defeat those mighty particles. Cardamom helps to keep one’s belly happy. Similar to Cinnamon, Cardamom helps to eliminate toxins in our bodies to keep its consumers happy.
  • Organic Honey – It would be unfair to talk about Cinnamon without mentioning its delicious partner, honey. When these two ingredients get together they are unstoppable. They spend their time fighting free radicals, boosting our immune systems, moving glucose into cells for energy and increasing life span . . . WOW!
  • Pink Himalayan Salt – The farthest distance traveled award belongs to our friend, Pink Himalayan Salt. Traveling all the way from the Himalayan Mountains, this natural preservative balances blood sugar, reduces the signs of aging, aids in sleep patterns and will keep YOU looking prettier in pink.
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