Let me start off by saying that I LOVE peanut butter. The idea of having a Peanut Butter Spoon as a snack (1 part peanut butter, 1 part spoon) has always been appetizing to me. However, peanut butter is very calorie dense so like most things it needs to be taken in moderation. I was very intrigued by the idea of a product that could improve upon peanut butter so I looked into it. Here are the pros and cons of what I found:
-Very long shelf life: Being powdered, you can keep this peanut butter in the fridge for nearly a year without it going bad.
-Less calories: For the person trying to watch their calorie intake, this may be a good option to substitute for real peanut butter.
-Works well added into products: You can add it into shakes, cookie recipes and stirfry dishes to add a little protein and a bit of peanut flavor.
-Does not taste like peanut butter: It's close, but the consistency isn't the same (you add water) and many people I've spoken to say that you need to add salt and sugar to improve the taste (which I think would really defeat the purpose). So as a stand alone food, not the best option. You might be able to get away with it as a substitute in something like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich
-The fat in peanut butter isn't bad for you: Some time in the 90's between the slap on bracelets and neon wind breakers we all became terrified of fat. However, fat is an essential part of a balanced diet. It keeps out skin healthy, it's part of our hormones and most importantly, it helps us feel full. Avoiding fat can actually make you hungrier and more likely to over eat. Don't forget that a lot of lower fat products will have sugar or carbs added into them to improve the flavor, so you might not be saving a lot of calories and might find your meal a lot less satisfying.
I give it an okay. If you love peanut butter but can't seem to limit your intake, then you might want to try this. It's also nice for adding into things. However, I still think you can't beat the original. The fat that's in regular peanut butter provides vitamin E and healthy fats that protect our heart and keep us full. There are also lots of other great nut butters out there you may want to try. A personal favorite of mine would be almond butter. Higher in those healthy fats I mentioned plus lots of iron, calcium and potassium.
For anyone that has tried this product, let me know what your experience has been.
** all natural is probably one of the most misused terms in the food industry today