Peanut butter taste test


Here's our taste review of four of the most popular types of peanut butter.

17 Feb 2011

As far as healthy snacks go, peanut butter is one of the most appetising. It tastes great on a slice of wholemeal toast or a bagel, delicious mixed with a smoothie and surprisingly good when added to a bowl of chopped apple or banana. It’s full of protein, and contains high levels of healthy fats – especially if you go for the organic variety, which don’t contain paunch-prompting hydrogenated fats. Levels of sugar and salt can vary between brands, so check the label to ensure you’re getting the healthiest option.

Why eat peanut butter?

  • Peanut butter contains high levels of protein, which promotes muscle growth and prevents muscle breakdown.
  • The magnesium in peanut butter provides a source of slow-release energy, to keep you fuelled for longer.
  • It’s full of fats which assist in the production of the muscle-building hormone testosterone.
  • Peanut butter contains zinc, which boosts your immune system and is often deficient in the diet.
  • It contains high amounts of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat, which reduces the appetite.

Which peanut butter tastes the best?
Meridian Organic Crunchy - 3/5
A lack of added sugar or salt makes this a very healthy but fairly bland spread.
£2.19 for 280g
Peanut Butter & Co Crunchy - 4/5
This is runny with an abundance of nuts, without adding palm oil or sugar.
£2.19 for 340g

Sun-Pat Original Crunchy - 4/5
Not the healthiest, but the added sugar and salt provide a super flavour.
£1.75 for 227g

Whole Earth Crunchy Original - 5/5
This thick, satisfying peanut butter tastes great despite having no added sugar.
£2.59 for 454g

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