Please do not equate hydrogenated vegetable oils with trans fats. They are not the same. Products with partially hydrogenated vegetable oils also contain trans fats. Products with fully hydrogenated vegetable oils do not contain trans fats.
The last time I looked at a jar of peanut butter that wasn't natural, the ingredient list had changed. Instead of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (also containing trans fats) it had fully hydrogenated vegetable oil (with no trans fats). The makers are getting the message.
Another point to note: really natural peanut butter must be stirred to mix the oil with the ground peanuts. The longer it has been on the shelf, the harder it is to stir. The easiest to stir is fresh ground peanut butter. The hardest to stir, in my experience, have been the most expensive brands on the supermarket shelf, probably because they've been standing there longest.
When I was a kid there was only natural peanut butter. When my mother began to bring home the new kind that didn't have to be stirred, I didn't like it. I begged her to buy the old kind, I even promised to stir it myself, but she didn't pay any attention. It was many years later that I rediscovered natural peanut butter.
- 8/8/2012 5:41:18 AM