Obesity rates have reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. Consequently, more than 108 million people are on a diet. So, it stands to reason that many of those people are seeking healthy options in the grocery store.

The annual revenue of the U.S. weight loss industry is $20 billion dollars a year. This total includes diet books, diet drugs and weight loss surgeries. It seems like  everybody is trying to cash in. With everything from cereal to potato chips to chocolate being labeled as natural and gluten free, a random trip to the grocery store can get confusing.

Unfortunately, with so much money to be made by the food industry, you can’t blindly trust what you see on the labels. Just because something is labeled natural, or even organic, it doesn’t mean it’s the best option.

There are a few foods that can really be misleading, including bread, cereal, and salad dressing. The one that is among the most misleading for me is peanut butter. It’s actually one of my favorite snacks. I love it. I eat it every day. I mix it with my oatmeal. I top apple slices with it. I add a spoonful to my smoothies. And more often than I should, I just eat it right off the spoon.

Peanut butter has a lot of health benefits. Like avocado and olive oil it’s considered a healthy fat. It contains more unsaturated fat than saturated fat, so it’s heart healthy. It’s also a good source of potassium, fiber and protein. The key is to consume it in moderation.

In today’s blog I discuss how the labels you find on peanut butter are very misleading. Despite all the overall health benefits of it, all varieties are not created the same. Just because it says organic and it’s more expensive doesn’t make it better. It’s not what you see on the front label that matters. It’s what you see on the back.

Once you’ve watched the video, please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Have you purchased peanut butter based on the label? Have you ever considered that all varieties are not the same?


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