Sunday, October 22, 2006

Peanut Butter

Be it resolved that peanut butter with added sugar is NOT REAL PEANUT BUTTER. Sure, it's okay in candy and baked goods, but if we're just talking about regular ol' jars of the stuff, leave out the sugar, k?

So you can get regular Smucker's peanut butter, which is referred to on the jar as "natural." Or you can get the "Organic" variety. And you would think that this would be a negligible difference. Oh, I can picture you explaining, there's no reason to go for the organic! It costs more, and apart from some abstract sense of smugness I might feel for going organic, there's no difference! I'm a loser who doesn't even like pineapple!

But, as usual, you would be wrong. Wrong wrong wrong. Because the real difference between the two--and I have no idea why this should be the case, but it is--is that the non-organic kind has WAY more salt in it. How much more? I don't have a jar of the non-organic here to judge, but the organic claims to have two percent of your recommended daily value, whereas the "natural" claims to have five percent. So, since the organic has fifty mg, the "natural" would presumably have 125. And I've gotta tell ya, after getting used to the organic kind, the other is barely edible--it's just hideously salty. Blech. Whereas, goddamn, the organic is practically like eating candy in itself. So for discerning eaters, the choice is clear.

Goddamn was this ever a boring post.


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