Is Jif Natural Peanut Butter Healthy?

Is Jif Natural Peanut Butter Healthy?

August 25, 2019   21 Comments

Is Jif Natural peanut butter healthy? You would think that “natural” would be the best choice.

I have been looking at peanut butter for a while now because it is not a simple product see: What is the healthiest peanut butter?.

Peanut butter, in my humble opinion, should be ground peanuts and not much else. Jif is a brand that has been on the shelf since 1958 (hopefully not the jar that bought). It is well known with the slogan, “Choosy mothers choose Jif”.

I am a very choosy mother so I not only check out Jif but all the varieties of Jif. It is amazing to me how many choices exist within the Jif brand of peanut butters. How are you supposed to know which is the best?

Natural Jif is not actually peanut butter. It is peanut butter spread with 90% peanuts and added sugar and palm oil. I don’t think adding oil to peanut butter is a great idea. The sugar added is 2 grams per serving of two tablespoon so that is not that big of a deal but it isn't necessary. I think that when you look at other peanut butter choices you can find ones that are healthier - and have 100% peanuts!

Simply Jif is peanut butter! It has a small amount of sugar, oil, and salt added but at 1 gram of added sugar - that is not bad. Simply Jif is healthier than Natural Jif because it has less sugar and is 20% more peanuts. This is the best choice of the Jif brand since it is actually peanut butter.

Reduced Fat Jif is not peanut butter. It is peanut butter spread made with 60% peanuts. The second ingredient is “corn syrup solids” then “sugar” then “pea protein”. Yes, the fat is reduced but there is 100% more sugar added than Simply Jif. I do not think adding sugar and reducing fat is a healthy way to eat.

This is my favorite peanut butter - Teddie Brand - which I find at Costco and my local grocery store. It does cost more than Jif (about 50%) but it is peanuts and a little salt. I don’t want any oil or sugar added to my peanut butter and I don’t mind stirring it before I spread it on my toast.

Peanut butter without any sugar added does take some getting used to but once you do it - you will love the flavor and the health benefits. Peanuts are a great source for nutrients in a compact form.

Do you buy Jif? Which variety is your favorite? Have you tried peanut butter without any sugar added?

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21 Comments:

I buy peanut butter which only contains one ingredient - peanuts. It took me a bit of label reading to find one but if you live near a Wegmans one of their store brands, Just Peanuts, contains only dry roasted peanuts. It took me awhile to get used to natural peanut butter but now I like it much better than others with added ingredients.

on August 25, 2019

Trader Joes Peanut Butter. Simple as you can get

on August 25, 2019

Crazy Richards Pb is the way to go. Just peanuts!

on August 25, 2019

Crazy Richards brand is just peanuts. There is no need for added sugar or salt. I find this brand at my local grocery store and it does cost more but it is worth the price to have a healthier product and not have sodium and added sugar Reading the label carefully is a must to be sure any “Natural” foods do not have unwanted added ingredients!

on August 25, 2019

I like to go to Fresh Thyme and just grind my own! You know exactly what your getting and they offer peanut and almond butter choices. Its fresh and the flavor of fresh ground PB is the best! Plus, no stirring needed!

on August 25, 2019

I buy Smuckers Natural, it says just peanuts on the label. I also like to get it at the health food store from the machine that grinds the nuts into peanut butter for you--nothing added, just the peanuts. So good and creamy.

on August 25, 2019

To be really sure what you are getting, make your own peanut butter. It’s really very easy. Places like Good Foods have loose peanuts, salted and unsalted, so you can get whatever you would like. I also use Big Lots large cans of regular and honey roasted and mix them so as not to have too much sugar, but a good flavor. A Ninja works fantastically, peanut butter in minutes, and for some reason it does not get oily on the top like the ones you buy. I do keep mine in the fridge but don’t think it is really necessary.

on August 25, 2019

I have a vitamix so I make it as I needed. Nothing better than warm peanut butter

on August 25, 2019

Teddie is the best!! I can’t figure out why its’s never mentioned in PB ratings articles that I’ve seen😕

on August 25, 2019

I grind my own at Fresh Thyme. Almond butter, cashew butter, honey roasted peanut butter. You have a choice of fresh peanut butters.

on August 25, 2019

Simply Jif is my new comfort food. When I’m craving cookies, a teaspoon of Simply Jif on a half piece of Oroweat whole wheat works. If I want nut protein, I usually go for walnuts instead of peanuts.

on August 25, 2019

I, too, love the Trader Joe's brand and it comes in 4 varieties - creamy and chunky salted or no salt. And who needs all those calories from the oil? I simply pour it off, stir up what's left, and eat. Once it is refrigerated, if it's too firm for you (not the case with TJs), it can be microwaved for a few seconds to soften it.

on August 25, 2019

THANK YOU SNACK GIRL I ALWAYS THOUGHT ABOUT BUYING JIF.
I NEVER DID. AFTER READING ALL THE ABOVE I HAVE TO SAY I AM STILL CONFUSED ABOUT WHICH PRODUCT TO BUY? I AM BEYOND MAKING MY OWN, THOSE WERE GREAT DAYS. GOOD FOR THOSE WHO DO. I WONDER IF THERE IS A LIST OF THE BEST TO WORST? SKIPPY WASN'T MENTIONED?
I THINK I CAN GUESS WHY? THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR INPUT.
WISH I COULD ADD TO THIS. HAPPY DAYS TO ALL OF YOU. BE SAFE,
BLESSINGS, anneippi

on August 25, 2019

I use either Teddy or Crazy Richards brands. They are a little more but worth it. Both are as close as you can get to natural peanut butter without things like added sugar.

on August 25, 2019

Crazy Richard’s. Only peanuts.

on August 25, 2019

Question - how does PB2 (powdered peanut butter/just add water) compare to all of the above?

on August 26, 2019

Thank you for this post. I’m at a hotel and saw little packs of peanut butter as an option for breakfast. I read the ingredients: peanuts, sugar, hydrogenated vegetable oil (rapeseed, cottonseed and soybean), salt, molasses, monoglycerides. Yuck!! I decided to go with something else because your post inspired me to look at the ingredients. Thank you!!!

on August 26, 2019

This is my favourite, and it is made in Canada: https://www.adamspeanutbutter.ca/En/Home. The best peanut butter, with only two ingredients (peanuts, salt), and it comes in glass jars. (I have a thing about plastic, in that I don't like it, and don't like purchasing food that comes in it.) It is also a bit pricier, but they often have coupons that come with a purchase, so you save on your next purchase. And there will always be a next purchase with me!

on August 26, 2019

In my Cardiac Nutrition class I teach(dietitian here), I always say “there ain’t anything Natural about Natural Jif”. My go to is Kroger Natural Creamy PB. Just peanuts and salt. Bonus is I can get it for $1 a jar on sale!! And please note PB doesn’t need to be Organic. That wonderful shell protects the nuts great. Oh and if you don’t like to stir your PB, store it upside down and voila! Just make sure the lids on tight! Thanks Snack Girl for helping spread the word on better choices!!

on August 26, 2019

PB2 all the way

on August 26, 2019

Crazy Richards is another brand of peanut butter that is just peanuts. Not bad tasting but it is not sweet. I will definitely be looking for Teddie when I go to Costco. I would love to try that one. My latest thing is slices of apples and peanut butter for snack or breakfast.

on August 26, 2019


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