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Is oily peanut butter healthy?

Asked by elhaha1001 (383points) September 6th, 2013

I recently bought two products of peanut butter and I wanted to try because I was curious of the local peanut butter in my country.

I tried two brands of chunky peanut butter.

1. Royal Brand
Ingredients mentioned: peanut, sugar, salt
I was surprised by the amount of oil in the peanut butter because oil isn’t mentioned on the label. However, the taste of this peanut butter is delicious as the taste of the peanut is perfect.
you could see the picture here

2. Morin Brand
Ingredients mentioned: roasted peanuts, sugar, vegetable oil, hydrogenated vegetable fat, salt
This product is less oily, but it’s still quite creamy.
I can’t really taste the peanut and I think that this product put more sugar and salt in it.
you could also see the picture here

I also want to compare these two products to JIF

3. JIF extra crunchy peanut butter
Ingredients mentioned: made from roasted peanuts and sugar, containts 2% or less of: molasses, fully hydrogenated vegetable oils (rapeseed and soybean), mono and diglycerides, salt

JIF is one of the most well known peanut butter, and the texture is drier that the two products above.

From the taste, royal brand and JIF is the best
From the price, JIF is definitely the most expensive.
Royal brand is the oiliest and JIF is the driest.

I’m really curious about the Royal Brand, is the oil in peanut butter healthy? and is normal for peanut butter to be that oily?

If you were to buy, which would you prefer and why? maybe based on nutrition and health factors? thanks :)

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Rarebear's avatar

I’d get the one without the hydrogenated vegetable oil

Katniss's avatar

The Royal brand sounds like the natural peanut butter that I buy sometimes.
It’s good and probably better for you than Jif.
Personally I prefer Jif.

JLeslie's avatar

The Royal brand seems the healthiest and most natural. As far as oily being healthy, I am of the mind that limiting fats period is always better. The average American gets plenty of fats, very few of us need to worry about not getting enough.

zenvelo's avatar

I agree with @Rarebear, at least of the three mentioned. But look for a natural unblended peanut butter without sugar or salt. If you want healthy, just get peanut butter with nothing but peanuts in it. Do you have Laura Scudder brand available?

elhaha1001's avatar

@zenvelo no they don’t have it here and I’ve just heard it for the first time. They have skippy here but it’s almost the same as JIF but more expensive than JIF

@JLeslie so basically Royal is more natural, but has more fats in it? but then hydrogenated vegetable oil is unhealthy? @Rarebear

is peanut oil quite healthy to consume?

elhaha1001's avatar

@Katniss why do you prefer JIF to the natural peanut butter?

Katniss's avatar

@elhaha1001 When I was growing up, my mom was (and still is) into healthy food. Most of the time we had natural peanut butter in the house. Unless I begged and pleaded for Jif. lol
I think I’m just rebelling. lol Plus I think Jif has more flavor.

Ok. Now I want peanut butter.

funkdaddy's avatar

Almost half of a peanut, by weight, is oil. Usually that is separated out, processed, and then put back in (or an alternative is added) to give the smooth texture we’re used to. If you don’t process the oil then it is more likely to separate but is more natural and probably healthier.

So the natural stuff seems oilier, but the contents are about the same it’s just not processed to “smooth out” the oiliness.

josie's avatar

They are all loaded with omega 6 fatty acids.

elhaha1001's avatar

ok. so what i’ve gathered from the net is that hydrogenated vegetable oil is trans fat and is very unhealthy.

but how about the oil in the more natural peanut butter like Royal? it also contains oil in it?

jerv's avatar

If it’s the oil that the peanut has naturally as part of being a peanut, it’s fine. It’s when you use substitutes that things get unhealthy.

@Katniss Growing up in Vermont, I’m used to 100% pure maple syrup. Many Vermonters consider those that prefer the highly processed corn syrup with artificial maple flavoring to be only a small step above pedophiles. In the same vein, I cannot consider Jif to be peanut butter as I find it nothing like peanuts. Processed food is just a way of rebelling against your parents.

Katniss's avatar

Hahaha @jerv So no Aunt Jemima for you?
I get the maple syrup thing. I prefer the real stuff to the fake stuff as well.
The pedophile reference is hilarious!

elhaha1001's avatar

hmm.. from the answers above, seems like I’m converting to Royal brand right now :):)

any more extra information?

JLeslie's avatar

@elhaha1001 No, I wasn’t saying that, I have no idea which peanut butter has more fat. You can tell if you read the label. I was just saying fats in general should be reduced in our diets usually. When eating fats, picking the “healthier” ones is better than the unhealthy ones. Generally trans fats and saturated fats are considered to be bad. Although, recently there is a coconut oil kick even though it is quite saturated.

Hydrogenated fats are altered to be solid at room temperature, whihc many people, including medical doctors believe to be much more detrimental to heath than liquid fats.

elhaha1001's avatar

@JLeslie too bad the nutritional label is not available on the local products I picked :(

but the natural fat seems more promising than the hydrogenated fats.

muppetish's avatar

@jerv is right. The oil that you see in the brand that only contains peanuts, sugar, and salt is likely the natural oil from the peanuts. All nuts contain natural fats and can produce oil. Not all fat is bad for you. Omega-3 fats (found in olive oil, almonds, etc) are quite good for you, while hydrogenated fats are not.

CWOTUS's avatar

This is an interesting question, as I have never considered the health or well-being of peanut butter in my long and (occasionally) thoughtful life.

IS oily peanut butter healthy? Is any peanut butter healthy, for that matter? How could you even tell? It’s not like it has vital signs that will register: This jar has a kidney problem; that jar has liver malfunction. If I ever find a jar of peanut butter breathing, I’ll attempt to assess its health. As I said, an interesting question.

As for weather it’s healthy for me to consume the stuff: Yes.

janbb's avatar

Natural peanut butter separates out in the bottle so the oil lays on top. You have to stir it up to mix the oil through. It is healthy – although high in calories like all peanut butter – and separates because it doesn’t have all the additives like Jif or Skippy. Smuckers All Natural is the brand I buy but I do need salt in it.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

The natural peanut butter is like that, the oil separates out like said. It’s much healthier and you can pour out the oil if you want, it just makes it hard to spread. Stay away from the hydrogenated oil, it’s bad! They use hydrogenated oil because they stay solid at room temp and does not rise to the surface. It also makes the peanut butter keep longer, but it’ll clog you arteries.

Sunny2's avatar

Don’t avoid oils entirely. Like an engine, oil lubricates the moving parts of the body and makes it run more smoothly. Overdoing it leads to fat deposits, which we don’t want.
Vegetable oils are probably better for us than animal fats in general. Choose the flavor you like best.
You know what they say about moderation.

JLeslie's avatar

Oh, the people above make a great point. Are you talking about one of the peanut butters having oil on top before you stir it? All the peanut butters probably have close to equal amounts of oils, the natural one just separates.

LostInParadise's avatar

I have been eating powdered peanut butter. You add an equal amount of water to it. They claim that it is 90% fat free. Two tablespoon of it is 90 calories. The texture is not the same as regular peanut butter, but the taste is not bad. I have gotten used to it. Regular peanut butter would now probably seem too oily.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

I wouldn’t buy anything but 100% peanut butter. Most of the main brands begin with a healthful food and then add sugar, corn syrup, and hydrogenated fats. The sugar and corn syrup give peanut butter an unnatural, cloyingly sweet taste that apparently some people like. The hydrogenated fats, added in lieu of peanut oil, make the product creamier and don’t separate.

Judi's avatar

The oil in the Royal is peanut oil. It just separated because its natural. If you want it to be lower fat you could strain off th extra oil that rises to the top. It would probably still taste as good.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

@Judi I’ve tried pouring-off the oil, but the remaining peanut butter was dry, difficult to spread, and not very appetizing.

I found a terrific little appliance to stir peanut butter easily and without making a mess: It really works well.

bea2345's avatar

There is nothing like the real thing, made at home with freshly roasted nuts. Removing the redskins – that’s pretty much the only variety we have – is a nuisance. But you can put the roasted nuts in a tray on a dry but not too windy day and go out in the yard and shake the tray. What I did was briskly rub the roasted nuts between my palms, and and take everything outside. But I see there are machines for skinning peanuts. Neat. Without added fat, it makes a stiff cream – coconut oil is just fine to make a spreadable butter. BTW, coconut oil for cooking is nothing like the raw oil, take care to buy it from the edible oils in your grocery.

Judi's avatar

Personally, when watching calories, I like pb2
Its real peanut butter with most of the oil pressed out. It comes in powder and you mix it with water. The consistency is JUST LIKE CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER with less than half the calories.

janbb's avatar

I stick a knife into the jar and stir it round and round in order to mix in the oil.

Adagio's avatar

I have a very easy and delicious recipe for making peanut butter at home, all you need is a food processor, you don’t have to remove the peanut skins either. You can make wonderful almond butter using exactly the same method. Just message me if you would like it.

thomestayler's avatar

Yeah, I think so even I eat sometime only. But, I like to eat it and it can be definitely use to make our recipe more delicious and amazing.

downtide's avatar

It looks like the Royal one would be the healthiest. The oil in it would come from the peanuts themselves. Personally I wouldn’t like it that oily and I would probably drain off the excess.

sinscriven's avatar

I’m a fan of the Peanut Butter Co’s PB. Smooth Operator, Crunch TIme, or Dark Chocolate dreams. Nom.

Nuts are high in fat because they have a siginificant amount of oil to begin with.
If your nuts aren’t covered in oil you’re going to have a bad time.

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