We went to HEB tonight to get groceries and I wanted to get some PB (Michael doesn't like it) and while I was deciding on which Peanut Butter I wanted I picked up a jar of creamy peanut butter. After a second or two of holding it this lady took it out of my hand and said, "Oh no, this will clog your arteries..." and then she picked up a jar of all natural peanut butter. She then procedded to tell me all about what hydrogenated products will do to me and how the natural was so much better! She was fabulous...I couldn't help but grin the entire time we were talking...or rather the entire time she was talking! She then told me how she was married to a vegan and on the next aisle introduced him to us by saying, "Oh honey, I just stopped them from buying hydrogenated oils!!" It was hysterical.
Needless to say I did buy the natural pb and let me compare the ingredients of each for you.
Regular Peanut Butter: Roasted Peanuts, Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils (Cottonseed & Rapeseed), and Salt.
Natural Peanut Butter: Dry Roasted Peanut Butter
Hmmm...well, it does sound lots better for me. So tonight I decided to have a PB fold-over. Of course the natural PB has all that peanut oil on top of it and I had to mix it up a bit. She had also told me that the only reason that the oil bothered me was b/c I grew up with the Hydrogenated version with no oil - that the oil had been removed from the peanuts to be sold separately and "axle grease" was used to replace it to make the PB last longer on the shelf so corporate America could make more money by selling the two products.
I had so much information thrown at me I can't even really remember it all!! Then before she left she gave me a couple of her cards (her husband's actually) and told me that if I ever wanted to call her and ask her any questions (about nutrition and health I presume) to feel free. She was really great to talk to actually. If I ran into her again I wouldn't mind sitting down and talking to her a bit longer. She also told me that her husband was a jeweler and one of the best and cheapest around here and that if I ever wanted to bring my rings in to get cleaned or have my diamonds checked (or to buy some I'm sure) to give him a call!!
It was really an interesting shopping experience! After that, if we picked up something bad for us (like chips) we looked around to see if she could see us!!! Ha Ha! I did enjoy the foldover, though!