Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Dehydrated Peanut Butter? No, Thank You.

There is such a thing, which I did not know until recently. I am not sure I like it, but it isn't bad mixed into Cream of Wheat or Malt O'Meal, which is the only way I've eaten it so far.

It does taste ... well, powdery, but as you'll notice from the picture on the jar, it has 85% less fat, and fat is what spurs that creamy touch in the mouth, no matter what the food.

A discombobulated digestive system leads to a restrictive diet, obviously, which means I exist on cereals, yogurt, juice, tea, and protein bars—and peanut butter and almond butter. 

I prefer Peanut Butter & Company's organic peanut butter with honey, but sometimes it isn't available locally. Smuckers organic and low-sodium is always on the shelves, but it is prone to oil separation, requires remixing, and then refrigeration to keep the oil from re-separating. It's also a little too dry for my taste, even the Smuckers with honey. The major brands are too filled with sugar and salt for my tastes.

I could live on the stuff, really. Peanut butter and jam (not jelly) sandwiches and tuna sandwiches (yes, with mayonnaise) were sack-lunch staples as a boy. Sadly, the PB2 has a slight, chalky, perhaps salty after-taste, one that lasts several hours and several cups of tea later. Here is the Amazon review page. Here is a review from someone who styles herself the Food Babe, and her review seems logical and focused on nutrients.

Personally, I am simply not fond of PB2, and considering the number of servings, it's not that great a value either. I think I'll stick to The Peanut Butter & Company (skipping the odd flavors) or Smuckers, and the occasional jar of almond butter.

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