I love peanut butter, but I just read this about it:
…”raw peanut butter (as in less refined) is better than refined, because it retains many of the beneficial nutrients found in the skin; in addition, processed peanut butter might contain added trans-fatty acids (which have been shown to increase the risk of cardiocirculatory diseases). A further risk is that when badly preserved, it can host the mold Aspergillus flavus, that produces aflatoxin (a very toxic and carcinogenic substance), so your best bet is to always go with natural peanut butter.” (source: http://peanut-butter.org)
Back when I was in grade school, one of our teachers decided that we were going to make some food. I remember someone making mackerel patties…er salmon patties…not sure which fish. Then we made homemade peanut butter. As a child, I’ve never wanted to gag so much in my life. We made milkshakes on the same day, and that was the only thing that tasted good. So I’ll take my chances with refined peanut butter. I’ve read that, if you get hungry between meals, you can eat a spoonful of peanut butter and that helps give you protein until your next meal. I’ve tried it and it does work. It probably also works if you eat a Reece’s Peanut Butter cup or two…or three. That curves hunger too.
Oh and I also read that a spoonful of creamy peanut butter helps treat hiccups. That one I did not know about, so I’ll have to try it next time I have a case of hiccups.