Are you really fooled by this marketing? I hope not! I want to throw this down the aisle when I see people grab it off the shelf. The "hydrogenated oils" trump the fish oils that are added to the plastic tub...I should also mention that you can make healthy fish oils rancid by overheating them so they don't smell or taste "fishy," which you know they do because who wants a fish flavor in their peanut butter? BUT this is also why I nag my clients to spend the money on a quality fish oil. Cheap fish oil from SAM'S club is going to do more harm than good.
TRANS-FATS How they are made...
1. Manufacturers begin with the cheapest oils-soy, corn, cottonseed or canola, already rancid and full of free-radicals. Not to mention filled with ROUND UP!
2. Mix it with tiny metal particles - usually nickel oxide.
3. Put into hydrogen gas in a high-temperature machine.
4. Next, soap-like products and starch are added into the mixture to give it a better consistency.
5. Again subjected to high temperatures when it is cleaned by steaming.
6. This removes its unpleasant odor. Margarine's natural color, an unappetizing grey, is removed by bleach.
7. Dyes and strong flavors are then be added to make it look like butter.
Squashed and packaged in blocks or tubs and sold as a “cholesterol-lowering” health food.
This is also how they make peanut butter. It keeps the oil from separating and good for aesthetics and ease of use, but terrible for our health. It becomes a plastic that changes the structure of our cells...our bodies basically become "partially hydrogenated!" Your body focuses on fighting the free radicals from clogging your bloodstream and it can’t focus on up-taking nutrients in your “food” to build, repair, and replenish; which is the main purpose of eating. When this happens, we constantly crave food, our brain is smart, it will tell us to eat until we fill it with the vitamins and minerals that we need. Are you constantly hungry? Could this be the culprit? To read more on "Trans Fat and Weight Gain," check out the book, Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism.
So, if you make this recipe, make sure to use a natural peanut butter! Click HERE to find the one I love!
1/2 cup butter or coconut oil
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup Just Like Sugar (or erythritol)
1 tsp stevia glycerite
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup peanut flour
1/4 tsp Celtic sea salt
1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Cream the butter, peanut butter, sweetener and vanilla together. Blend for 3 minutes. Add in the egg and mix well. Sift the baking soda, peanut flour and salt together. Slowly add the peanut flour mixture to the butter mixture. Stir well to combine. Stir in the chopped nuts (if using).
Take off 1 inch pieces of the dough, roll into a ball and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Press tops with fork tines. Bake at 325 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are golden but the center is still soft. Allow to cool for 2 minutes on the sheet then remove to a rack to continue cooling. Serves 24
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON: per serving
Using white flour and sugar = 120 calories, 13.2 carbs, 0.5g fiber
Using peanut flour and Stevia = 86 Calories, 2.4 carbs, 0.8g fiber