What’s in your peanut butter?

Let’s look at different jars of peanut butter & their listed ingredients. Apologies in advance to readers who have nut allergies! Peanut butter is not a huge staple in my household but it’s currently in my cabinet. Nowadays there’s all kinds of butters. Almond, cashew, sunflower seed, macadamia, walnut, pistachio, and the list goes on. It may be hard to find a store that carriers all the numerous varieties of “butters” but peanut butter is typically one of the more common spreads. So what exactly is listed inside these jars of peanut butter?  Continue reading

Labels: Are they a big deal?

Does anyone read them? Do they mean anything? 
A few years back I put a lot of trust into the products I would encounter on a daily basis and it’s fine if you do too! I never felt the need to question what I was eating or what I was putting on my face or into my hair to hold a curl.

I figured if I was buying a jar of peanut butter (more on that later) I was buying a product that was made completely out of peanuts. At least, that’s what I wanted to think so that became my reality without having to read labels.

When did I start reading labels?
I must admit, I love a good deal. When I go to the grocery store, I compare brands and unless I’m completely devoted to a certain brand, I’ll grab the cheaper item. They’re the same right? (Not necessarily) So when did I make the transition? I used to work at Starbucks and my coworker at the time was always reading the nutritional labels on everything!

At first I looked at her like she was nuts, I mean who had time to stop and read labels all the time? She would point out an ingredient in the soy milk, blueberry scones, or the madeline packets and tote what she knew about them. My response was always along the lines of “Really? What it that? Is that bad? Why?” 

Her extensive knowledge on ingredients inspired me to take the extra time to look at labels of all kinds. I started following accounts on social media whose sole purpose was to inform people about health and many posts were about dissecting labels!

From here on out this blog will look at different products you may encounter from time to time. Whether it or a variation of it is in your food cabinet, makeup bag, or among your cleaning supplies, we’ll take a look at it!