There are two kinds of peanut butter out there. Take your pick. No, not creamy vs chunky. Not Skippy vs Jif. It’s simply good vs bad. Or as my dad likes to call it, weird peanut butter vs normal peanut butter.
Normal peanut butter, like Skippy or Jif, has a long shelf life. It lasts because of oil hydrogenation, a process very simply illustrated here. Hydrogenated oils cause:
- Increase LDL (bad cholesterol)
- Decrease HDL (good cholesterol)
- Increase risk for heart disease, diabetes and cancer
Weird peanut butter, like Trader Joe’s brand, has a short shelf life. It requires refrigeration. It’s ingredients are singular: Peanuts. And sometimes salt. But never hydrogenated oils.
So that’s why I like weird peanut butter.
Is that so weird?