From looking at the label, you would think Planters NUTrition Energy Mix Cinnamon Raisin Granola Nut looks like a good way to start your day. Spread some on your toast and you’re feeling like Super(wo)man flying out the door on the way to work. The label claims this peanut butter is a “Good Source of Energy” which sounds great. Who doesn’t need more energy? I’ll let you in on a little secret. We get our energy from calories, so anything high in “energy” is high in CALORIES. So all of those high energy high protein bars you’ve been buying? High in calories. You’re probably better off buying a Snickers bar.
I counted 21 different ingredients in this peanut butter. TWENTY-ONE. The 3rd ingredient being sugar. You’ll also find evaporated cane juice (sugar), brown rice syrup (sugar), and hydrogenated oil. As a general rule, if sugar (or any fancy name for it) is in the top 3 ingredients of any product, but it back in the shelf.
You know what makes really great peanut butter? Peanuts. That’s it. That’s all you need to make peanut butter. Ground peanuts, maybe a teeny bit of salt.
Bottom line, don’t believe anything you read on the front of the label. I’ve seen bags of sugar that look healthy, with beautiful, juicy blueberries and claims of “all-natural” proudly displayed in large lettering. Go straight to the ingredients label. If it takes more than 10 seconds to read, it has too many ingredients. If you can’t pronounce half of them, it’s not real food.