Peanut butter is a staple for many distance runners. Packed with energy, protein, and healthy fat, it’s easily digestible, easily stored, and it’s both a great fuel and a great recovery food. Peanut butter should be in every runner’s pantry.
But what kind to get? There are so many options these days that it’s hard to find the right kind.
As with any packaged food, the first place to look is the nutrition label. What you might find there might surprise you.
First, reduced fat is not necessarily better. Less fat can mean less flavor, and many brands compensate by adding more sugar. Compare the reduced-fat calorie count to that of regular peanut butter, and you’ll see what I mean.
Second, organic isn’t necessarily healthier. Again, check the label for added ingredients.
My recommendation? Aim to buy the brand that has the least ingredients. Ideally, the list should have one item: peanuts. There are several brands out there that offer that, and at least then you’ll know exactly what you’re getting.