Naturally More is an all-natural peanut butter (ANPB) that recently began to show up on the shelves of my local Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market grocery store. In my store, the price is around $2.50 for a 16 oz. tub, which is pretty comparable to, if not lower than, other ANPB brands like Smuckers. I’ve seen store brand ANPB as low as $1.97 per pound, however.
What makes Naturally More intriguing is that it is fortified with ground flaxseeds and flaxseed oil, which changes the nutritional stats of this peanut butter slightly for the better.
For a 2 tablespoon serving, the stats are:
Calories: 169 (About 31 less than a regular ANPB)
Fat Cal: 98
Total Fat: 11g
– Sat. Fat: 2g
– Omega-3: 4.1g
– Omega-6: 1.2g
Total Carb: 8g
– Dietary Fiber: 4g
– Sugars: 2g
Ingredients: Roasted peanuts, wheat germ, flax seed, cane sugar, egg whites, honey, flaxseed oil
Regular ANPB averages (per 2 tablespoon serving) 200 calories, 6g carbs, 9g protein, 2g fiber, 16g fat (mostly monounsaturated), and 3g saturated fat, so Naturally More is lower in calories, about the same in “net carbs” (4g), higher in fiber, higher in protein, lower in total fat, and much higher in polyunsaturated Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats.
Compared to another Omega-3/Omega-6 fortified peanut butter product currently out on the market–Smart Balance–Naturally More also tastes a hundred times better. Smart Balance frankly smells like a tube of rancid oil paint and tastes like it, too. Naturally More, on the other hand, tastes like a slightly sweet, unsalted peanut butter with some random crunchy bits (the ground flax seeds) to add interest. It must be stored in the fridge once opened due to the flaxseed oil content and lack of chemical preservatives, but even when cold it is at least somewhat spreadable on my apples and rice cakes. Let your serving reach room temp after a few minutes and it will slide over even the most delicate and soft sandwich bread without tearing it up into the usual dough noogies.
I’m not sure how widely distributed Naturally More is at this time, but if you see it in your local Ghetto-Mart, consider giving it a try. It’s a fairly painless way to get more polyunsaturated fats and fiber into your diet, and the price is right.