I’ll be honest with you. I love peanut butter. It’s one of my favorite condiments to use.
So, a few years back, I went to the supermarket and I was trying to find a jar of peanut butter that I could buy. I looked up about 10-15 varieties from different companies, different sizes of different bottles. But every one of them either had added oil, added sugar or added salt. Most of them had all of the three in them. Some of them had preservatives. Some of them had other chemicals, which I didn’t even recognize.
Peanut butter is supposed to be a single ingredient Condiment. It’s just simply peanuts and nothing else. In fact, that’s all you need.
You can even make your own peanut butter at home like we do at the Sampoorna Ahara kitchen.
You don’t require sugar. Although most recipes you see online will call for it. Peanut butter tastes slightly sweet by itself, but the reason they add more sugar and salt is to make it richer in sweetness and that saltiness that our tongue craves as we have gotten used to eating processed food, we’ve gotten used to eating salty food.
All of this added salt, sugar, and fat has desensitized our tongue.
The way we can resensitize it we can make our tongue wake up is to make make your own peanut butter without sugar. Eat it for a few days until you get used to the flavors or you can buy sugar-free peanut butter from SampoornaAhara.com to get started as well Very, very easy to make.
It’s just two simple steps.
Step 1. Roast your peanuts.
This is a slightly tricky part because when you roast peanuts, if they get Brown during the roasting, which they usually would in most kinds of roasting, that brown color indicates the formation of carcinogenic chemicals, they’re called ‘AGEs’ - advanced glycation end products.
These chemicals, when we eat them, cause cancer.
We do not recommend roasting peanuts until they get brown. We recommend roasting it at a very low temperature, like 120 degrees celsius where they do not get brown where they just get completely dehydrated. They become crisp, but not brown.
Then after that you put it in the mixie, you grind it until it becomes a powder and then grind it some more until it becomes peanut butter.
A lot of people are surprised when the butter comes out of the peanuts itself and becomes oily in the mixie.
But peanuts are about 50% oil by weight. They pack a lot of oil in them. At the same time, they are absolutely healthy for us. Because they also have fiber and phytonutrients as part of the whole nutritional package. So try your own sugar-free peanut butter at home, or get it from us at Sampoorna Ahara, try it out for yourself.
The next time you buy peanut butter from a store, make sure to check the ingredients. Make sure it doesn’t have added salt, sugar, or oil. I hope this helps you to lead a happier, healthier life ahead.
Dr. Achyuthan Eswar