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Artificial ingredients in peanut butter a health concern

Peanut butter is a chemically enhanced, synthetic liquid slime. From the mould inhibitors used in the growing and storage process, to the rancid fats released in the roasting process, the nutritional value of peanut butter in a child’s diet is highly questionable.

Add to this the additives – sugar or other sweeteners, emulsifiers, texturisers, dextrose and corn syrup and the recipe is much less about peanuts as it is about toxins. Up to 60% of a jar of peanut butter can be hydrogenated oil, a health concern for many reasons, and by the time you are using it on a school lunch it has little nutritional benefit.

Most of us grew up with peanut butter and I know my children delight in it so making my own nut butter from raw organic nuts has been a nutritious, cheap and additive free solution.

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Lindy Schneider is a writer and researcher with a keen interest in health, wellbeing and natural childcare. She is an advocator of a chemical-free lifestyle in the best interests of her family, the community and a sustainable world. She lives in the Yarra Valley with her partner and two young children.

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