Simply peanuts and a dash of salt -- that's how Adams Peanut Butter Company has been making their natural peanut butter since 1922. In the contemporary product line, you'll also find salt-free, organic and already-stirred varieties of the peanut butter. While Adams Peanut Butter has few ingredients, it is still a concentrated source of calories. Knowing the nutrition information for the different varieties of peanut butter can make it easier for you to control calories and continue your healthy eating.
Adams creamy Natural Peanut Butter is available with and without salt. A 2-tablespoon serving of the peanut butter with salt contains 210 calories, 16 grams of total fat, 105 milligrams of sodium, 6 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein. The nutrition information for the unsalted variety of creamy peanut butter is the same, except that it doesn't contain sodium. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 says that including foods like peanut butter in your diet may reduce your risk of heart disease. However, because peanut butter is high in calories, you should watch your portion size and eat it in place of other sources of protein, such as meat or chicken.
Like the creamy peanut butter, Adams crunchy Natural Peanut Butter also comes in salted and unsalted versions. A 2-tablespoon serving of the salted crunchy peanut butter has 210 calories, 16 grams of fat, 90 milligrams of sodium, 6 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein. And like the creamy peanut butter, the unsalted crunchy natural peanut butter is sodium free. Although the salted versions of the natural peanut butter contain sodium, it is still considered a low-sodium food. Limiting your intake of sodium can help keep blood pressure under control and reduce your risk of heart disease.
Organically Creamy and Crunchy
If you're concerned about pesticides in your food, Adams Peanut Butter Company also offers organic creamy and crunchy peanut butter. A 2-tablespoon serving of the creamy organic peanut butter contains 210 calories, 16 grams of total fat, 50 milligrams of sodium, 6 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein. The only difference in nutrition between the creamy and crunchy organic peanut butter is that the crunchy is slightly lower in sodium, with 45 milligrams per 2 tablespoon serving. The organic peanut butters from Adams are also a good source of vitamin E, which is an important antioxidant that protects your cells from oxidative damage, and these organic peanut butters meet 10 percent of the daily value for vitamin E.
Natural peanut butter requires stirring before you spread it on your bread, because the fat separates. To combat this, Adams Peanut Butter Company offers a no-stir, natural peanut butter that contains vegetable monoglyceride, which is a food additive that helps keep the oil blended with the peanuts. A 2-tablespoon serving of Adams creamy, no-stir peanut butter contains 210 calories, 17 grams of total fat, 160 milligrams of sodium, 6 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein. The crunchy version has the same nutrition information, but is slightly lower in sodium, with 140 milligrams per serving.
- Adams Peanut Butter: Products
- National Peanut Board: Fun Facts
- U.S. Department of Agriculture & U.S. Department of Health and Human Servicies: Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010
- American Heart Association: Reading Food Nutrition Labels
- Office of Dietary Supplements: Vitamin E
- Vegetarian Resource Group: Guide to Food Ingredients: Monoglycerides