Watch as TWO popular peanut-buttery spreads duke it out in the HG HQ!
Peanut butter is AMAZING. Everyone knows that. But in addition to being delicious, the stuff (while healthy) packs in LOTS of calories and fat. And even if it is "good" fat, too much of ANY fat isn't a great idea. So how does Better'n Peanut Butter (also sold as Peanut Wonder) stack up to our friend reduced fat PB (made by brands like Jif, Smucker's, Skippy, and Laura Scudder's)? Read on as these two spreads go head to head...
Better'n Peanut Butter (16-oz. jar, $3.49 - $7.99) - Weighing in at 100 calories, 2.5g fat, 190mg sodium, 13g carbs, 2g fiber, 2g sugars, 4g protein and a POINTS® value of 2* per 2-tbsp. serving.
Reduced Fat Peanut Butter (18-oz. jar, $2.19 - $2.69) - Weighing in at an average of 194 calories, 12g fat, 195mg sodium, 14g carbs, 2g fiber, 3g sugars, 8g protein and a POINTS® value of 4* per 2-tbsp. serving.
Better'n Peanut Butter - With just 100 calories and 2.5g fat per 2 tbsp., this stuff is EXTREMELY impressive nutritionally. And there's a low-sodium version with only 95mg per 2-tbsp. serving -- we like that.
Reduced Fat Peanut Butter - Each 2-tbsp. serving packs in almost TWICE as many calories and almost FIVE times as much fat as Better'n Peanut Butter. And almost 200 calories and 12g fat for two tablespoons of anything is never gonna impress us. Sorry, reduced fat PB!
The Winner - Better'n Peanut Butter -- it's hard to compete with those stats. Even with reduced fat PB's "good" fats and 4 extra grams of protein per serving, it still can't stack up to Better'n Peanut Butter in this department. No chance.
Better'n Peanut Butter - While the texture of this stuff is close to that of regular PB, the flavor just isn't an exact match. To us, Better'n Peanut Butter tastes a bit like a mix of peanut butter and jelly. It's not bad -- sort of peanut-y and sweet, but not incredibly great on its own.
Reduced Fat Peanut Butter - Reduced fat peanut butter tastes EXACTLY like regular full fat peanut butter to us. And it should. The calorie count is practically the same, and the fat count isn't exactly low. Face it, this stuff is just ever-so-slightly less fatty peanut butter.
The Winner - Reduced Fat Peanut Butter takes this one... no contest. Sorry, BPB, you just don't taste nearly as good as the real thing.
Better'n Peanut Butter - We LOOOOOVE using Better'n Peanut Butter in recipes. It adds a nice PB-ish flavor to smoothies, cookies, fudge, sauces, cakes and more, but it doesn't add all the irritating calories of regular or reduced fat PB. Simply put, this stuff ROCKS in recipes. No question.
Reduced Fat Peanut Butter - Sure this stuff is good in recipes. Why wouldn't it be? But when you add it to smoothies, shakes, cakes, etc., be careful, 'cuz you'll be adding 12 grams of fat for every two tablespoons you shovel in there. Scary!
The Winner - Better'n Peanut Butter takes it! It serves up REAL PB flavor in recipes without making 'em super-fatty. YAY!
The votes are in...
It's a Tie! - Here's the deal. Reduced fat peanut butter tastes WAY better if you're looking for a straight PB swap (and taste is CRAZY-important!). But for recipes, you simply can't beat Better'n Peanut Butter. And considering how much better the stats are for Better'n Peanut Butter, we have no choice but to make this one a TIE. Yes, it's our first-ever Food Fight tie here at the HG HQ. And we feel good about it. Each of today's peanut-y contenders has its strengths and its weaknesses, and we simply can't say one deserves to win or is better overall. So there.
Congratulations to both of today's super spreads!!!!
***FYI, we are well aware of other PB options out there -- powdered PB, alternative nut butters, organic and natural peanut butters, etc. HG Food Fights simply pit TWO popular competing foods/products against each other. They aren't the ONLY two out there, just two products we deem battle-worthy.
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