Pros: Evaporated cane juice & molasses for sweet-toothers !
Cons: Evaporated cane juice and molasses for diabetics !
As many of my fellow Epinioners know by now I cannot recommend something that is really not the best for us, so again in trusting the nature of The Smart Balance company I give you, Smart Balance All Natural Rich Roast Chunky Real Peanut Butter which has always been about yummy-ness. Unlike the creamy barnd, this one holds very close to my heart and in sync with my opinion on true health.
I see it should be viewed from a scale that weighs on both the good and the bad, calories fat and additives to nutritional value, taste and quality of ingredients listed of course. I stand by the makers at GFA Brands, Inc since they always maintain products that maintain our balance.
But let us not forget about taste, shall we ?
Smart Balance All Natural Rich Roast Chunky Real Peanut Butter is good for you and to many quite tasty if you just like peanuts crunching into your teeth and becoming a delicious part of the creamy background. With a little more salt then I care to add to anything (145mg‘s) the added raw sugar cane evaporated of course and molasses together, lessens the saltiness and delivers roasted chewy that is just delicious, by itself. Who the heck needs jelly or jam ? I once liked the excess sugary sweetness of a good container of Jif, but those days are GONE.
In anticipation of this just brought home from the store today, I turn the green lid counter-clockwise and find the sealed foil top with a nifty pull-up tab secured right on it. This lifts the foil off and can be either recycled or thrown away. I take a whiff. Its just pure Peanuts alright and the peanut butter fairy left chunks of real peanut pieces.
Oh yummy !
A challenge as well for me who has had issues with my teeth for years. Anyway there is still a slight oily topping you just mix into the rest of the peanut-filled spoonfuls.
There are supposed to be 320mg’s which is 20% of this product of Omega-3’s per serving derived from flax seed and that is 2 tablespoons or 32 grams worth (does not seem so much when you are trying to put on some weight in the right places and lose in the wrong--this stuff helps, a lot). In one or two servings you are getting the good fats in your body from this product.
I am glad that for those with wheat allergies or milk sugar intolerance (lactose intolerance); however any individual with any type diabetes should talk to their physician before consuming any Smart Balance All Natural Rich Roast Chunky Real Peanut Butter which is gluten and lactose free only but NOT SUGAR FREE like the Creamy brand. I have listed from the nutrition facts that 3 grams of sugar are in this product due to the evaporated cane juice (derived from raw cane plants) and molasses.
Peanuts, evaporated cane juice, natural oil blend (palm fruit and flaxseed oils), salt and molasses.
Serving Size= 2 tbsp or 32 grams
Servings per= about 14
These values below based on a DV (Daily Value) from a 2,000cal diet
Calories= 190 (200 in the Creamy brand)
Calories from fat= 145 (160 in the Creamy brand)
Total Fat= 16grams or 25% (18grams or 28% in the Creamy brand)
Saturated Fat= 3grams or 15%DV (same in Creamy brand)
Trans Fat= 0grams (same in Creamy brand)
Polyunsaturated Fat= 1.5grams (2.5grams in the Creamy brand)
Monounsaturated Fat= 12grams (same in Creamy brand)
Cholesterol= 0milligrams or 0% (same in Creamy brand)
Sodium= 145milligrams or 6% (110milligrams, 5% Creamy brand)
*Potassium= 185milligrams (190milligrams Creamy brand)
Total Carbohydrates= 8grams (6grams, 2% Creamy brand)
Dietary Fiber= 2grams or 8% (same in Creamy brand)
Sugars= 3grams (1gram in the Creamy brand)
Protein= 7grams (same in the Creamy brand)
All of the values of these vitamins are identical to the Creamy brand:
Vitamin A= 0%; Vitamin C= 0%; Calcium= 0%; Iron= 4%; Vitamin E= 10%; Thiamin= 8%; Niacin= 20%; and Folate= 10%
Bit of a chemistry lesson for ya:
Omega 3’s, reaped here in the benefits derived from Flaxseed, are nutritionally essential fats required by the body to convert into energy although in some cases the reverse occurs and you gain more unused deposit within the walls of arteries and the heart muscle can fail because blood flow becomes restricted. Yet, the benefits include and quoted from Wikipedia are as follows, “ingestion of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids — DHA and EPA omega-3.
It had been discovered in the 1970s by researchers studying the Greenland Inuit Tribe that if we eat like the Greenland Inuit people consume large amounts of fat from seafood, we too might display virtually no cardiovascular disease . . .”It is known that consumption of at least 120i.u’s (international units of) Omega 3’s you are doing a good thing for your cardiovascular system as it reduces the triglycerides, heart rate, blood pressure, and atherosclerosis“.
In flax seed one gets important alpha linolenic acid which is proven to lower the LDL (low density lipid cholesterol which is the BAD stuff) levels and keep HDL (high-density lipid proteins) maintained or able at a cellular level to maintain our optimal health, cardiovascular speaking of course.
So with Smart Balance All Natural Rich Roast Chunky Real Peanut Butter you get what you need with the spreading quality of whipped butter flecked generously with peanut chunks hence the name, Chunky !
I really like that Smart Balance All Natural Rich Roast Chunky Real Peanut Butter does not require refrigeration either and that makes it delectable on fresh fruit that accepts generally or offers a plate of crackers, a delicious topper in which it glides on easy and stays put ! It lifts bread for that good ole PB&J while adorning apple slices, melted a little, with a warm brown coat. You can dip bananas, pears, strawberries, a variety of yummy desserts can be made with this stuff that already is set up for that peanut lover in your household.
Costing roughly $2.25 per container this 1lb (16ounces or 454grams) worth of good for you has health benefits, a caring staff behind its manufacturing and distribution and a long shelf life. It can last up to two years unopened, and a little over 14 months opened. I was very happy to know nothing artificial is passing my lips when this crunchy sensation makes its way to my mouth.
And NOT much to my surprise this one equally did not stick to the roof of my mouth !
Thank you for reading and
*Smart Balance All Natural Rich Roast Chunky Real Peanut Butter is approved by best life which is a marketing firm that takes consumer opinion and concerns seriously and can be accessed at
Smart Balance owned/ distributed by GFA BRANDS, Inc
Paramus NJ 07652-1432
*This is my 2nd entry in wlswarts Around Epinions in 80 Days W/Off
1st in Category Restaurants & Gourmet/Food and Drink subcategory