Can peanut butter be made from raw peanuts? Either I buy regular peanut butter with oils and stuff or I make my own.But where I live I have few options. I can only choose from oil roasted peanuts or raw? Which one should I choose?
When I buy peanut butter, the only ingredient I want to see listed on the jar is peanuts. No salt, no oils, nothing else than peanuts. Making your own is the best way to be sure you don’t get any extra stuff, but it can be troublesome. If you don’t have the time to make your own, some peanut butters with added oil and salt aren’t that unhealthy if you’re only eating a couple of teaspoons per day. Just make sure they don’t have a long ingredient list. The ‘nastiest’ kind of peanut butter are the ones with added sugar, maltrodextrine or other complicated names.
About raw versus roasted peanuts: Contrary to what their name implies, peanuts are not true nuts but a member of a family of legumes related to peas, lentils, chickpeas and other beans. Many nutritionists will tell you that eating raw nuts is healthier because the cooking process destroys the nutrients. Not so with peanuts, because there aren’t nuts. Both raw and roasted peanuts have advantages: eating roasted peanuts will give you more total antioxidants and vitamin E, but roasting may denature some of the monounsaturated fats that make raw peanuts heart healthy and filling. So, which should you choose? The option you prefer, or both so you benefit from the higher antioxidants in roasted peanuts as well as the unaltered monounsaturated fats in raw ones.