|Review: Smart Balance Sweetened Peanut Butter: Opinions from expert and readers|
WHAT IT IS: Smart Balance has rolled out a twist on their Omega Peanut Butter. The new Smart Balance Sweetened Peanut Butter:
• has 33 percent (1 gram) less sugar than leading brands.
The product has about same calories, saturated fat, sodium and fiber as leading brands but more heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. We asked two readers and an expert to review it.
Susan, homemaker, Rosedale, N.Y.
The balance of different fats used in the product can potentially contribute to a healthy heart. The palm oil contains a significant amount of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. The flax oil contributes beneficial omega-3s, but in a form not as efficient as in fish.
There is some controversy surrounding palm oil and agave nectar since their health effects are still debated by scientists—specifically whether palm oil negatively affects cholesterol and whether agave nectar’s high fructose level is detrimental.*
The bottom line is that no specific foods or food ingredients can lead to optimal health, and they should be evaluated within the context of a person’s total diet and lifestyle.
*See last issue’s debate on high-fructose corn syrup for more.
Last updated and/or approved: July 2009.
Smart Balance PB
written by Erik , October 30, 2009
I thought I would give this peanut butter a try again after deciding that it just did not taste good the first time I tried it. As I am eating it right now between two pieces of whole graing natural bread and loads of honey and once again, I have come to the same conclusion as I did before. I completely agree with Matt that when the PB first hits your taste buds, you can taste a little fish, which is simply not right. After going back to regular PB (Sunflower seed butter is even better, try Trader Joe's brand)I thought I got back into heaven.
There is simply too much flaxseed oil in this product, although very good for you, they should cut it back. It's better to get your omega's other ways, not PB.
Smart Balance Omega PB
written by Matt , July 23, 2009
I find this Smart Balance Omega peanut butter truly disugsting. I initially thought it tasted like fish. I couldn't understand how, though. But then my wife, who thought I must be nuts, tried some and alas it did indeed smell like fish. Smells aside, it's quite tasteless. I will never buy it again. How they managed to make peanut butter taste like fish is beyond me. I bought a bottle of pure peanut butter with no additives and, as one would expect, it smells and tastes 100% of peanuts.