Why do we need to “Swap Out”?
There are many products that we consume in our home that we use simply because we are in the habit of doing so. If you knew that what you were using was not the greatest for you, not always cost effective, and potentially harmful to your health…would you be willing to try something else? Many times it is not a matter of willingness, but rather it is simply a matter of not knowing which items to “Swap Out”. That is why we are here to help you! We want to give you some practical ideas in your home that you can swap out for healthier choices. So stay tuned for the latest “Swap Out” ideas.
Swap Out: Peanut Butter
American’s on average have 33 tsp. of sugar a day. This is roughly 500 extra calories that come just from added sugar! Many people do not even know they are in-taking these “hidden” sugars. This “Swap Out” is a small change, but it can help contribute to lowering your overall intake of extra sugars.
Most Peanut Butters have about about 3-4 grams of sugar per serving. 4 grams of sugar are equivalent to 1 tsp. And every 1 gram of sugar is equal to 4 calories. So do the math. If your favorite Peanut Butter has 3 grams of sugar that’s 12 calories that are coming from that serving. Most of us don’t stick to the serving size when it comes to Peanut Butter, so most likely you are getting more calories from sugar than this!
This may seem like a very small amount of sugar and calories to be worrying about, but when you add up the small amounts of sugar in your condiments, sandwich meat, bread, sodas, teas, sauces, microwave popcorn, and more it adds up to alot!
Natural peanut butters contain only peanuts and salt. In regards to natural peanut butters, we have often heard people say, “I hate the oil separation! I don’t want to have to stir my peanut butter!” This is just one more area where you will have to make the choice for convenience and something you are just “used to” vs. better health. It’s not the big things in life that hurt our health and waistline. It’s the little things. If we really care about our health, at some point we have to make a change!
So take one small step the next time you head to the grocery store! Swap out your sugar peanut butter for the more natural kind! Every little bit helps! And if you are wondering which kind we use, we LOVE Costco’s Organic Peanut Butter. It comes in two large containers for $6 and it doesn’t have added sugar!