Lately, I've been making myself a delish banana-[dark-chocolate]-peanut-butter-oatmeal-and-almond-milk smoothie every day. I kept wondering why I was gaining weight, since this was in place of a standard meal, not added on. Then, of course, I looked up the nutritional facts. Everything was healthy, but also significant in calories and fructose sugars (healthier than processed, but still sugar).
So, today, I thought I'd make it a little leaner and use regular peanut butter and carob powder instead of my dark chocolate peanut butter. Surely that would save me at least 20 calories, right?
It's a classic example of why reading labels, despite what you think you "know" about foods is important. Check it out (click for a larger image):
Holy peanut butter, Batman! Not only is the dark chocolate peanut butter lower in calories and sugars, it's also made with more natural ingredients! Compare:
Dark Chocolate PB:
Evaporated cane juice
Palm fruit oil
Lecithin (from sunflowers)
Plus--no hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup, and it's gluten free
Standard Creamy PB:
Fully hydrogenated vegetable oils (rapeseed, cottonseed, soybean)
Granted, I did get the DCPB from the natural foods section of the grocery store, and the standard is generic peanut butter, but still!