Planters Peanuts, The Next Generation

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image: Planters

At Fooducate, we are big fans of nuts and seeds as snacks. Eaten with a piece of fruit, they provide a great combination of protein, healthy fats, and carbs.

Let’s talk peanuts, shall we? Although technically a legume, not a nut, peanuts are usually lumped together with the almonds and sunflower seeds of the world, because they share similar attributes.

People trying to lose weight are intimidated by the high fat and calorie content of peanuts. This, of course, is a mistake. Peanuts are a very filling snack, and even a small portion will leave you satisfied for hours. Peanuts contain healthy fats that have been shown to lower bad cholesterol levels and reduce the risk for heart disease.

An ounce of unsalted, unroasted peanuts has 160 calories, 14 grams of healthy fats, and 7 grams of protein! Take 2.5 grams of fiber as an added bonus.

If you roast and salt peanuts, you’ll stay at the same calorie level, but add 120mg of sodium  (about 5% of the daily value).

Planters, a Kraft subsidiary, is likely the most famous brand associated with peanuts. In its race to innovate and capture more shelf space and market share, the company has created…

“…four new powerfully delicious peanut flavors including indulgent Cocoa, decadent Salted Caramel, fiery Chipotle and rugged Smoked. With six to seven grams of protein and at least four essential nutrients per serving, the new line of peanut flavors makes a healthy snack even better.”

We took a deeper look at the Salted Caramel flavor. A serving size is one ounce, and contains the same 160 calories as plain nuts. However, there are only 12 grams of fat instead of 14. Whereas plain peanuts have virtually no sugars, this product has one and a half teaspoons. The sodium level is decent as well – just 110mg.

Here is the ingredient list:

Peanuts, sugar, brown sugar, honey, corn syrup, sea salt, peanut and/or cottonseed oil, gum arabic, dried molasses, natural flavors, cinnamon, xanthan gum.

This list is interesting because of the use of no less than 5 different types of sweeteners! (Can you identify all five?). The use of natural flavors is a bit disappointing, because roasted peanuts with caramel and salt should be good enough when you make this snack at home. The gum arabic and xanthan gum serve to keep the caramel bound to the fatty nuts for an extended period of time (shelf life of several months).

Overall, this product is a good choice for people who want to add a bit of jazz to a standard peanut snack.

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  • Rudy Rudziewicz

    But it is full of GMOs. Fail.

    • http://www.fooducate.com/ Fooducate

      Yes, if you avoid GMOs, you will want to note the corn syrup as a likely GMO ingredient (GMO corn), as well as the sugar (GMO sugar beet).

      • sassysue

        cootton seed oil is GMO too

  • Julie

    and full of sweeteners. fail.

    • http://www.fooducate.com/ Fooducate

      It is full of sugar ingredients, but not that much sugar overall – the equivalent of just 1.5 tsp. That’s not a lot for a snack.

      • Cas

        It has lots os sweeteners, yes, but it is excellent for when you are craving something sweet. Skip the candy bar and ice cream and have this instead. It’s obviously healthier.

  • Utopia

    Can someone please explain how 1 oz of plain peanuts have the same amount of calories as peanuts coated in sugar etc? Something doesn’t add up.

    • http://www.fooducate.com/ Fooducate

      one or two less peanuts to make room for the other ingredients.

      • Utopia

        So technically the serving size wouldn’t be one ounce then? How is this not false labeling?

        • http://www.fooducate.com/ Fooducate

          the added ingredients also have some weight, so likely it evens out.

          • Utopia

            I see. That makes sense. It still seems like trickery if qsomeone was to compare label to label. Thanks for clearing that up for me.

  • joyfulhealing

    Seriously? In one paragraph it says.. This list is interesting because
    of the use of no less than 5 different types of sweeteners..
    It the
    next paragraph it says…Overall, this product is a good choice for
    people who want to add a bit of jazz to a standard peanut snack.
    Since when is anything with 5 different versions of sugar in it a good healthy snack!!
    Our
    use of added sugar is poisoning us and our children- not to mention the
    GMOS. How about raw peanuts and raisins or other dried fruit. Natural
    sugars, not added are more digestible in our system.
    Fooducate, who pays your bills?

    • http://www.fooducate.com/ Fooducate

      Great that you can eat raw peanuts, and that’s what ideally we should all do. However, let’s not paint the world black and white. This product is much better than many other processed snacks that people choose today.
      The “5 different sweeteners” is truly interesting issue, but the sum of all together is just 1.5 teaspoons of sugars, not a huge amount. So don’t get worked up about it.
      Our tagline is “eat a bit better”. Obviously your starting point is much better than most people. And that’s perfectly fine. But we address a huge audience and providing negative recommendations about every single processed product in the supermarket will not help the majority of our readers.
      Lastly, nobody paid us to post this article.

      • JKern

        Thought I’d shock you and agree with you on this. ;) Looks like a tasty snack that would replace something more sugary. I love peanuts after a workout, a little protein bomb. And amazingly, made by the big “evil” food company. Like you said — the world’s not all black ‘n’ white.

    • DrJayATL

      I think we all know the answer to that, joyfulhealing.

  • DrJayATL

    This is a great product for people who want to get more candy into their diet. The benefits of the peanuts are nullified by all of the sugar. No thanks.

    • http://www.fooducate.com/ Fooducate

      You mean the entire teaspoon and half?

      • DrJayATL

        No, I mean the part where Fooducate is nothing more than an ad company and your salary comes from food manufacturers’ carriage fees for their “content” so pretty much anything you say needs to be taken with a teaspoon and a half of salt.
        That’s the part I mean.

        • http://www.fooducate.com/ Fooducate

          That’s simply untrue. If and when we advertise, it will be clearly stated. You can read our advertising policy here: http://www.fooducate.com/advertising

          You don’t need to agree with us, but don’t spread lies.

          • DrJayATL

            Look. Don’t blame the world because you spend every day sitting on your parents’ sofa, banging out terrible writing on your laptop. It’s not our fault that you ended up with this “career.” So before you call anyone a liar on here I suggest you say the following out loud a couple of times before you respond to any more posts: “The person I’m responding to is probably more intelligent, more educated and more successful than I am. I should not punish them for my failures.”

  • Ctac

    I am allergic to Sea Salt and unsalted version are always hard to find.

  • Monikah

    I also totally disagree with “this product is a good choice for people who want to add a bit of jazz to a standard peanut snack”. Not only because of the GMO ingredients or the 5 different types of sugars but because who can actually just eat 1 OZ of these? Yes that is a matter of self control but most people know that there is millions of dollars spent on the science of combining sugar, salt, and fat to make a food that is irresistible…right? This is why you are lead to eat a whole super-sized McDonalds meal or an entire can of salted caramel peanuts. Stick to the uncoated and dry roasted versions.