Consumer Alert! What’s in That Peanut Butter?

It is estimated that Americans eat 800 million pounds of peanut butter each year! That’s enough to cover the floor of the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

Peanuts are not actual nuts, they are part of a family of legumes such as chickpeas, lentils, and other beans. They provide major health benefits and are a good source of monounsaturated fats, which are emphasized in the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet. Peanuts are good sources of Vitamin E, folate, niacin, protein, and manganese.

Peanut butter comes in creamy, chunky, extra chunky, natural, or reduced fat; depending on the brand. For those people who eat JIF Reduced Fat Creamy or Chunky Peanut Butter, pay close attention to the label. It’s not healthier than the original JIF Creamy Peanut Butter. Remember, looks can be deceiving. Just because food products say “fat free, low fat, or reduced fat” does not mean that they are better for you.

JIF Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter has 15 grams of carbohydrates versus 7 grams found in the original JIF Creamy Peanut Butter. Carbohydrates absorbed in the body turn into sugar which then is converted into fat. The amount of sugar in JIF Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter is 4 grams versus 3 grams in JIF Creamy Peanut Butter. The sodium in JIF Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter is 250 milligrams versus 150 milligrams in JIF Creamy Peanut Butter. The added sugar, sodium, and carbs in JIF Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter defeats the purpose of eating a healthy, well-balanced diet.

Many natural and organic brands of peanut butter contain palm oil, which may be a healthier oil for humans but at what cost and to whom? The environment of the orangutans is being decimated in countries like Indonesia and Malaysia in order to harvest palm oil. People who love animals and are passionate about conservation and environmental causes may think twice about purchasing natural and organic foods. Once they find out where the foods came from and how, they may not purchase them in the future.

Finally, there are many ways to enjoy peanut butter such as the “old fashioned PB & J sandwich.” Spread it on whole grain toast and crackers or add a tablespoon to a smoothie. However you use peanut butter, just remember to read the label because not all brands of peanut butter are created equally!

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Stop! Are Your Personal Care Products Really Natural and Organic?

Natural and organic products are all the rage these days. Go down any aisle at the grocery store, and the shelves are filled with organic products such as cereal, sauces, chips, and many other items. Personal care products such as soaps, shampoos, conditioners, facial cleaners, moisturizers, and makeup are touted as being natural and or organic. But are these products really natural or organic? Be careful because that natural soap on the shelf may not be as natural as one would think.

Before purchasing a product that claims to be “natural or organic,” read the label. Words that are red flags are “nature inspired, made with natural or organic ingredients, and natural origin.” Products can be “certified organic” without being 100% organic. Only 70% of a product’s ingredients must be organic, the other ingredients can be anything. To become educated about organic labeling, visit the USDA.

For those concerned that products are tested on animals, be wary of the wording “not tested on animals.” If products are not tested on animals, labels will have a symbol of a rabbit in a circle with a line through it; the prohibitory symbol. Visit Leaping Bunny, “The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics to view companies who make the “grade.” To learn more about product testing on animals, visit, an organization in Poland founded in 2003.

Links to Natural and Organic Products

    Shop at for thousands of all-natural Health & Wellness products. They even have a “home and grocery” aisle.

    Tom’s of Maine. For all of your natural personal care products. Try the “Natural Anticavity Fluoride Mouthwash in Spearmint.” It tastes great!

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    Green Living Now. A women owned natural and organic products online store.

    Whole Foods Market. Was founded in in 1980 in Austin, Texas. Now the company is the world’s leading retailer of natural and organic foods.

    As fresh as it gets! Premium gourmet coffees direct from the countries that grow them. Buy Café Britt online. “We work to preserve the environment and ensure the sustainable development of our communities and well as micro, small and medium-sized growers and suppliers.”

    Jason-Natural. “Since 1959, JASON Natural Products has been the leading purveyor of pure and natural products for skin, body, hair and oral health for the whole family, giving consumers effective, environmentally-friendly alternatives to mass-produced, synthetic chemical products.”

    Burts Bees. Is an “Earth Friendly, Natural Personal Care Company.” Burts Bees creates “natural, Earth-friendly personal care products formulated to help you maximize your well-being and that of the world around you.”

Warning! Natural and Organic Food is Not Necessarily Healthy!

Many people have jumped on the “natural and organic” band wagon. However, you must still read the ingredients. Just because food is labeled natural and organic does not mean healthy. Furthermore, if you love the rain forest and wildlife then you better read the ingredients in organic peanut butter. Palm Oil or “cruel oil” is an ingredient found in organic peanut butter which comes from Borneo, Malaysia and Indonesia. Unfortunately, the environment of the orangutans in these areas are being decimated for the harvest and planting of palm oil plantations. Before you dig into that peanut butter, you may want to make sure you will be able to “stomach” it.

If a package is labeled 100% organic, this means the product is completely organic or made of all organic ingredients. An “organic” label means that product is at least 95% organic. If the package is labeled “made with organic ingredients,” the food contains at least 70% organic ingredients. Visit the Mayo Clinic to learn more about organic food.

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Find high quality vitamins and supplements at Vitamin World! For all of your vitamins and supplements to healthy living.

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Remember to read labels carefully. Just because something is labeled as natural does not mean it’s good for you. Arsenic is a natural substance but it’s poisonous! Here’s another tip. Those packages of 100 calorie snacks are not necessarily “healthy” alternatives. Please read the ingredients in the 100 calorie snacks. Some of the products contain ingredients that sound disgusting! What exactly is beef plasma? Yeah, that sounds healthy and tasty!