More Peanut Than Butter

    “More Peanut Than Butter,” Ensign, Jan. 1975, 65

    More Peanut Than Butter

    Question: A panel of doctors said that peanut butter is two-thirds lard. Is this true? Lois J. Masters, Condon, Oregon Answer: No. Peanut butter primarily contains ground peanuts, peanut oil, salt, and honey or other sources of dextrose. In addition, some manufacturers add Vitamins A, B, C, and D, artificial sweeteners and flavorings, antioxidants, preservatives, and colorings. According to set standards, 3 percent fat other than peanut oil may be added, but the total fat content must not exceed 50 percent. The peanut oil is usually removed, hydrogenated, then returned to improve the consistency of the butter and to prevent oil separation. Peanut butter is a good source of calories, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, and niacin. Dean C. Fletcher, Ph.D., Director, Section of Food Science, American Medical Association.