Thursday, June 25, 2009

Smart Balance Omega Natural Peanut Butter

I love shopping at the 99c Store. With the economy being so weak and prices being so high I relish going to this discount store and seeing what new shipments they've gotten in. Many times they have good, name-brand products and I snatch them up as quickly as I can.

This week they had Smart Balance Omega Natural Peanut Butter. The label boasts "deep roasted, great taste!, no trans fat, omega-3's from flax oil, no hydrogenated oil, no refined sugar and 1000mg of omega-3's per serving. (63% of the daily value.) The ingredients are listed as: peanuts, natural oil blend (flaxseed and palm fruit oils), salt, molasses.

Since this seemed so healthy and a bargain at just 99c a jar I bought 5. When I got home I made a sandwich, eager to try it and add to my daily dose of healthy omega-3's. Well...the taste of the flax oil is very prominent. For those who haven't tasted flax oil before, it's also known as linseed oil--the oil used by painters. My grandfather was an artist, so with my first bite I automatically thought of paintbrushes and not sandwiches. The flavor is very overwhelming, even drowning out the taste of the peanuts--and peanuts have a strong flavor!

Flax oil is one of those things where you either love it or you hate it. I've tried to love it and simply can't acquire the taste. To me this peanut butter is inedible and I now know why the 99c Store had so many cases of it.

So, here I sit with 5 jars of the stuff wondering if I should donate it to charity or toss it. I then thought about making dog biscuits for Barnaby (my 10 year old yellow lab.) He may like the taste of this peanut butter. After all, he eats out of the cat box whenever he gets a chance. >:p

I'm sure this peanut butter is pretty pricey at the local supermarket, so unless you absolutely adore the taste of flax oil...pass it up.

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