Although some residents of North Dakota might think that any peanut butter would do, the truth is that there is a wide variety of quality peanut butter available.

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Peanut butter's popularity stems from a multitude of sources. Peanut butter is delicious, and it's even better for vegetarians and vegans because it's a fantastic source of plant-based protein.

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Some people feel a great sense of nostalgia or comfort when slapping some peanut butter on some bread, while others see it as a cultural or dietary necessity for their diet.

So, it’s clear that people take their peanut butter very seriously.

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 A little disheartening, the "13 Worst Peanut Butter Brands To Avoid" list was compiled by the 24/7 Wall St. Having said that, it does give us a solid blueprint for the actual criteria we ought to use in our quest for the "correct" peanut butter. Which options are ideal for us, and which ones should we try to stay away from?

In their post about the 13 worst peanut butter products, 24/7 Wall St. explains how they used criteria including nutritional value, texture, and flavor to come to their conclusions. It draws attention to the possible health hazards of the usual ingredients found in commercially available peanut butter, including sugar, salt, and hydrogenated oils.

Avoid these additives and the health risks they pose by opting for peanut butter with minimal ingredients, preferably just peanuts.

 

For health reasons, it's best to avoid peanut butter that has a lot of additives, so look for peanut butter with few ingredients, if possible.

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But seriously, what is the worst peanut butter brand?

Smucker’s Goober Grape, according to the list, is the worst peanut butter brand for you.

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Credit: Smuckers.com

24/7 Wall St. says the following on Smucker’s Goober Grape,

I love the idea of Smucker’s Goober Grape. I begged for it as a child. And the fact that goober is another name for peanuts in the Southern United States makes me love the name. But the idea of eating it? The high fructose corn syrup alone is enough to make me pass. Potassium sorbate, a mold and yeast suppressant that is considered generally safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is heavily regulated in Europe. This is due to its status as a genotoxin. A genotoxin is an agent that causes DNA or chromosomal damage. Be a savvy consumer. Read labels. And remember that in the world of peanut butter, less is more.

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