Let's Settle This: Crunchy or Smooth Peanut Butter?

August 23, 2019

 

Crunchy or Smooth?

This heated debate continues in 2019 where the feelings about peanut butter remains stronger than ever. Crunchy and smooth advocates alike voice numerous (and creative!) reasons as to why one or the other is the better choice. You may have a firm preference at the moment, but here's more insight into how some are nutty over their beloved texture.

 

Peanut Butter Uses

Did you know? 296.04 million Americans consumed peanut butter in 2018 (Statista Research Department). This means more than half of the U.S. population (327.2 million in 2018) eats peanut butter! 

 

Americans use peanut butter in various ways beyond consuming it as food. Peanut butter can be used to bait mice mice. In fact, peanut butter is a popular food for mice too! Ironically, mice prefer peanut butter over cheese. With a scoop of peanut butter, no mouse can escape your grasp. 

 

Another use of peanut butter is its power to remove odor in the house. Frying peanut butter on a pan can remove odor in the house in a few minutes. It works as great as an air freshener. 

 

Rather than just plain peanut butter, peanut butter cookies takes the taste to the next level! You can make these cookies with one cup of peanut butter, one cup of sugar, and one egg at 350 degrees (lifehack). Banana peanut butter smoothie goes great with these cookies. This smoothie requires only two bananas, two cups of milk, half a cup of peanut butter, and 2 cups of ice cubes (allrecipes). 

 

Without a doubt, peanut butter is the ultimate food and tool, yet depending on the situation, creamy or crunchy peanut butter surpasses the other. 

 

 

My Poor Bread

One of the major reasons from creamy advocates: Crunchy peanut butter tears the bread apart. This point is worthy of consideration. I can’t remember the number of times when a giant hole formed on my once nicely shaped bread. On the other hand, creamy peanut butter creates a smooth glide across the bread like a painting. The after effect leaves one in satisfaction. 

 

Butter Up With Peanut Butter

Here’s an interesting fact about peanut butter for beauty gurus out there: Peanut butter can be used to shave your legs. 

 

Would you shave with creamy or crunchy peanut butter? Of course, it has to be creamy! If you shave with crunchy, the nuts obstructs the razor’s path. This unique method of shaving could be worth a try regardless of which side you stand. 

 

Who’s Healthier? 

If you value health more than beauty, crunchy peanut butter is actually healthier than its counterpart. According to the Joint Chiropractic, crunchy contains less saturated fat and has more fiber per serving. Creamy butter offers more protein. The two stand at the same level for calories, fat, sugar, and carbs. 

 

Hungry? 

Are you feeling hungry just thinking about peanut butter? Crunchy peanut butter fills you up compared to creamy peanut butter. Why? The peanuts in crunchy peanut butter serves as food, while creamy peanut butter resembles more of a liquid. Whenever you feel extra hungry, eat crunchy peanut butter to keep the hunger away. 

 

Final Results

In this article, we examined several reasons to why one type of peanut butter ranks higher than the other. However, much to our surprise, creamy peanut butter is the popular choice among the two. Based on a survey by the National Peanut Board, 56% of people choose creamy peanut butter over crunchy peanut butter. Honestly, most people agree on creamy peanut butter as the superior one, but both types of peanut butter possess their own unique traits. These unique traits appeal to different audiences. This debate can never end with the differences in our taste buds. Crunchy or creamy? You get the final pick. 

 

Mindy is a 20 years old junior at Bentley University in Waltham, MA. She majors in marketing with a minor in HR Management. Her favorite movie is The Emperor’s New Groove due to her love for llamas. You’ll never see her without her dark eye circles. If you didn’t know, you would think she’s part of the panda family.

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