Originally written: October 20, 2018
Updated: December 28, 2019
#NLR = “Not Lead Related!”
This post has nothing to do with Lead (Pb) or Lead-poisoning — or even heavy metals toxicity; it’s just about peanut butter (the other “P.B.”!)
This is a little bit of advice I have personally been sharing with friends for 17 years now, and I thought it would be good to put it out there to the world.
Here’s the advice: Don’t EVER buy any kind of peanut butter in PLASTIC containers.
Even organic peanut butter should not be bought in plastic containers.
(This advice applies to all nut and seed butters.)
One of my husband’s best friends, Lee Hitchcox is the author of the book “Long Life Now: Strategies For Staying Alive.” In fact my husband helped to edit much of this book. Lee wrote the book after his wife (and the love of his life) died – much too young – from breast cancer.
- Most of the peanut butter on the grocery store shelves (even in many “natural foods” stores) already contains pesticide and/or fungicide residues, tons of sugar and a host of other additives
- Peanut butter must also be heated to flow through the machinery for it to be quickly, easily and consistently poured into jars (plastic jars are also often then heat-sealed – the sealing of the combination foil-type/plastic barrier that is usually found under the lid for food safety reasons.)
- The concern is that the now hot oils/fats in the peanut butter help the plasticizers (in the plastic jars and lids) leach into the food, and along with all the other chemical residues and additives, make for an incredibly toxic product.
- The plasticizers bond to the oil in the peanut butter as a result of the packaging process.
- The consumer is then eating plastic… which is why peanut butter packed in plastic is one of the most toxic foods you can purchase.
As a result of learning this bit of wisdom from our friend Lee many moons ago, we always only buy peanut butter packed in glass jars, and of course whenever possible (budget and availability permitting) we also only choose organic).
This means we don’t buy peanut butter at places like Trader Joe’s or Costco – because their organic peanut butter is currently only packaged in plastic jars.
Here are some safer choices for peanut butter available on Amazon*:
- Santa Cruz Organic (in glass) – we buy this brand for our family
- Organic Maranatha (in glass) – we also buy this brand for our family
- Organic Once Again (in glass) – we also buy this brand for our family
- Fixx & Fogg (in a glass jar) – I have not yet tried this brand
For our family specifically we always buy the “single ingredient” products — no added oils, mix-ins/flavors, sugar, etc. — just peanuts (don’t get me started on added sugars in dietary staples, but most of these brands have versions with and without sugar; some also have them with or without added oils. They add the non-peanut oils to create a more homogeneous product (so it more closely resembles the toxic, sugar-laden “Skippy” or “Jif” we used to eat as kids.)
In response to comments on this post I tested some of these plastic peanut butter jars using XRF technology, click here to see the results of this testing!
As with anything online, please do be sure to read all of the info on the links before purchasing. Personally I buy my peanut butter at our local natural foods grocery stores (I stock up when it is on sale!), so I can be sure I’m selecting the versions without any added sugar or added oils.
Note (for those new to checking out new brands of peanut butter)… the terms “Classic”, “American Classic” or “American Style” (like on the Once Again jar pictured above) generally indicate that there IS added sugar, and usually some added oil as well in that particular product version.
With each of the above choices, please confirm before ordering that you are purchasing the version of the product that comes in a glass jar (as some brands sell in both glass and plastic.)
As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
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*Amazon links are affiliate links. If you purchase something after clicking on one of these links I may receive a small percentage of what you spend, at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting my work in this way.