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      19.08.2011 16:31
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      Contains less fat and salt than 'standard' peanut butter at a reasonable price

      This peanut butter has become a household favourite and part of our staple diet. As the years go by, it's fair to say I pay more attention to the composition of basic foodstuffs, and something tells me I'm not alone in this nowadays. OK, I know it's 'horses for courses' but for me at least, this product 'ticks many of the right boxes'. As far as I'm concerned, it tastes great, contains less fat and salt than 'standard' peanut butter, and seems quite reasonably priced. While you do pay a slight premium for this reduced fat version of ASDA's peanut butter, at £1.28, it is still considerably cheaper than branded alternatives. In fact, it's virtually the same price as Tesco's standard version. I've been something of a fan of peanut butter ever since the 1960s, having briefly flirted with 'pure' organic versions in the 70s and gradually migrated through the 80s and 90s from crunchy to smooth, if you follow my drift(?) Latterly, having become somewhat more health conscious, I've settled on this 'reduced fat' product, along with the rest of the immediate family. We're all happy with the flavour on toast and in sandwiches. My wife also uses it for cooking, to great effect! (Sadly, I'm not qualified to provide the recipes). Having long since abandoned the large plastic tubs of organic product we used to cart home, heavily seasoned with sea salt (sodium nonetheless!), I was really pleased to discover that our current favourite actually contains less salt, as well as less fat than other brands. 'Double whammy'! The only drawback, as far as I can tell, is the relatively high carbohydrate/sugar content. I don't actually have a particularly sweet tooth, but for this reason I am still inclined to limit consumption of this (and other sugar-rich foods). While I really can't claim to have carried out full market research - and would be glad to be otherwise informed - I'm unaware of any entirely comparable product readily available on the UK retail market. The nearest equivalent may be Tesco's '25% less fat' version but this does seem to be slightly more expensive and fractionally higher in fat. Suffice it to say, this is widely available at your local ASDA store and I wholeheartedly recommend it. If you like smooth peanut butter, why not try this 'lite' version? You may not be disappointed. A few current examples for the purposes of price comparison: * ASDA Peanut butter - smooth : £1.12 * Whole Earth Smooth Organic PB : £2.19 * Sun Pat Peanut Butter Smooth : £1.78 ~~Advantages~~ Low in fat and salt; high in flavour and value. ~~Disadvantages~~ Relatively high carbohydrate/sugar content, perhaps at the expense of 'nut' content? ~~Verdict~~ Tastes great if you like smooth peanut butter none too salty, contains less fat than 'standard' peanut butter at a very reasonable price. Just watch your sugar intake! ~~Further particulars, courtesy of ASDA and TESCO~~ Per 100 grams: 1. ASDA Reduced Fat Smooth Peanut Butter Protein 19.8g Carbohydrate 34.2g of which sugars 15.2g Fat 36.9g of which saturates 6.5g Fibre 5.3g Sodium 0.20g equivalent as salt 0.5g 2. ASDA Peanut butter - smooth Energy 2541kJ/613kcal Protein 24.2g Carbohydrate 15.8g of which sugars 6.0g Fat 48.9g of which saturates 9.1g Fibre 6.5g Sodium 0.30g equivalent as salt 0.8g 3. Whole Earth Smooth Organic Peanut Butter Energy 2466 kJ 595 kcal Protein 24.6 g Carbohydrate 9.9 g of which sugars 3.7 g Fat 50.8 g of which saturates 9.1 g Fibre 7.1 g Sodium 0.4 g Salt 1.0 g ~~'And finally ...'~~ Ok, these products may indeed contain nuts(!), even if peanuts are not botanically nuts. But this old chestnut reminds me of something I was told many years ago with a wry smile: Allegedly, several decades ago it was a requirement that all medicines carry a range of standard warnings, including the possibility that 'the contents might cause drowsiness'. This may still apply for all I know - but presumably no longer for the sleeping tablets to which this apparently applied at the time. Apocryphal story? Probably - but (tongue in cheek) maybe political correctness started going slightly awry some time ago? I guess it's mainly common sense and appropriate labelling. If you like the taste of this peanut butter, as we do, it may well play a part in your sensibly balanced diet. Just don't take any of this with more than a pinch of salt! [© SteveS001, 2011. A version of this original review may be found on other review sites]

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        14.05.2010 13:23
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        A fab peanut butter

        Peanut butter is one of my favourite spreads to have on either toast or in sandwiches and I always have to have a jar in my kitchen cupboard. The one I've been buying recently is the reduced fat version from Asda. As soon as you open up the plastic lid you can smell that delicious peanut butter scent and it looks really delicious. The texture of it is extremely smooth but it also feels a little bit sugary, like it's got lots of tiny little sugar granules in it. It's very soft and creamy which means that it spreads really easily onto anything - especially toast which it seems to slightly melt on top of. The taste of this is so good - a very creamy buttery roasted peanut taste - and I really wouldn't want my peanut butter to taste any different. There's quite a lot less calories in this one than in the full fat version although there does seem to be more carbohydrates and sugar in it so I'm not sure whether it actually ends up being healthier or not! This costs 97p from Asda and no other supermarket seems to do a low fat peanut butter, so this is the only place to go if it's what you want. If you're not keen on crunchy peanut butter, like me, and prefer the smooth version, this is a deliciously smooth and soft peanut butter and is the perfect accompaniment to some toast or a sandwich - or even for eating by itself if you can't help yourself!

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          31.03.2010 10:54
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          Worth a Shot

          I picked this product up in Asda a few days ago because I am very conscious of my weight but do like to eat peanut butter in the mornings as I find one slice of toast topped with the condiment will keep me going until lunch time. However, when I got home and read the jar properly, I realised that while this version does contain less fat that the regular jar of peanut butter, there is more sugar, so if one cancels out the other, im not really sure what the benefit of this is. Anyhow, I decided to give it a go as I didn't want to waste the 80p it cost me to buy. Packaging: Pretty standard, the same as most peanut butters, it comes in a glass jar with a plastic screw top lid that should be stored in a dry cool place. The Taste: Is amazing - its much thinner than other products I have tried which means that it is a lot easier to spread on un-toasted bread. It is also sweeter than some other products which is probably due to the high sugar content although this is something that appeals to me as I have found that you don't get the 'claggy' dryness that is common in other similar products. The Price: 80 pence for a 340g jar Overall: I would definitely buy this product again - the taste is much better than I would have expected. I will give this 4 stars simply because the label is rather deceiving in that although the fat is reduced, I wouldn't call it healthy because of the amount of sugar.

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            25.03.2010 08:48
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            An enjoyable peanut butter!

            It's not very often I fancy peanut butter but when I do I find it hard to find one I really like they are usually too thick for my palate, too heavy on my stomach and quite sickly to. Whilst browsing in Asda the other day I spotted their Asda's own Reduced fat smooth peanut butter on offer, 87p each or 3 for £2. So I was good for once and actually resisted the offer and only bought one. The peanut butter comes in a 340g glass tub with a screw off lid. The label around it is a baby blue colour, quite an appealing and eyecatching colour on a shelf compared to some others. The writing telling us it's Reduced fat smooth peanut butter is in a funky, sort of bubble writing font which also stands out on the shelf. I'm told on the side of the tub that this is 'Deliciously smooth peanut butter, made from roasted peanuts' that is Now made with more peanuts. I'm also informed that it contains No Hydrogenated fat and is suitable for vegetarians. Each 15g tablespoon of this peanut better contains; 82 calories 3.0g protein 5.0g carbohydrate of which 2.7g sugars 5.6g fat of which 1.2g saturates 0.1g salt equivalent Upon opening the tub the first thing I noticed was how smooth the surface of the peanut butter was, but was this a misleading picture, as I so often find it is. Sinking my knife into the tub I was instantly impressed by the fact it remained smooth and surprisingly 'light' and delicate on the knife, for a thick peanut butter. It wasn't overly gloopy, or thick in the slightest and was easily spreadable, even on bread to, with a smooth glide it spread evenly like I wanted rather than in thick, unwanted gooey clumps, ripping my bread apart lol! Tasting the peanut butter was a complete treat it had that wanted nutty taste to it, it was quite sweet but not sickly so and so smooth on my tongue. I didn't find it gloopy and thick in my mouth, sticking everywhere and becoming so hard to get rid of and I really enjoyed the sweet, nutty taste to it. I think it is a bit sweeter than most peanut butters I've tried but I enjoyed it's sweet lightness, it wasn't heavy and groggy for the gob like some thick, peanut butters that become so boring on the tastebuds after 5 minutes of trying to remove the leftovers from your teeth and tongue. This however, for me, was an enjoyable taste and went well on my toast, and in my sarnies to. I'd definitely buy it again it was lovely!

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            22.02.2010 16:52
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            Pay a little more for a much better peanut butter.

            Peanut butter is an occasional treat for me, I like it but it has to be the real thing and it has to have plenty nuts in it. For some reason unbeknown to me my wife decided to bring home a jar of Asda reduced fat smooth peanut butter telling me that she though the kids would like it better and it was a bit healthier, oh well never mind me then. I had the good grace to give it a go and I have to say the point in peanut butter with no nuts is beyond me; this is little more than a sweet paste that got stuck all over my teeth and the roof of my mouth and offered nothing in the way of peanut taste. Sunpat peanut butter puts this stuff to shame in every way, there is only 70% peanuts in this as opposed to the 92% in Sunpat and even Sunpat smooth has over 80%. The fact that my wife though this might be healthier as it was reduced fat is laughable too, reduced fat it may be but it has nearly three times as much sugars in it as Sunpat so great for the teeth then, I think not especially a it sticks to them like superglue. I certainly wouldn't recommend this to anyone and my wife has admitted it wasn't one of her better moves and stopped giving it to the grandkids due to the amount of sugar in it. At 78p for a 340g jar it is not exactly cheap and the funny thing was when me and my wife were at Asda just a few days ago we bought a jar of Sunpat which was on offer at only 74p so cheaper than this stuff. It has to be said that the sunpat one is usually more expensive with its normal price being £1.09 for a 350g jar but it is well worth the extra.

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            16.02.2010 18:41
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            Never again

            I always have a jar of peanut butter in the cupboard as one of the options to have on toast for breakfast. I once picked up this reduced fat version, rather than the normal asda version. I am not on a diet or particularly watching fat intake, but I thought this version would be healthier, so bought it, rather stupidly without checking the ingredients. When I tried it I was supposed at how different it was in taste from the normal fat asda version. It was very sweet, to me unpleasantly so as I don't have a sweet tooth and it seemed wrong for a 'savoury' spread. It also had an unpleasant gritty, rather than smooth texture- probably from all the sugar. I checked the ingredients and found (from memory) only 70 something percent was peanuts, compared to 91% and 4% peanut oil in the standard version. The difference was mostly made up of sugar (glucose syrup). It had three times the sugar of the standard version 18g per 100g instead of 6g in standard version. I was annoyed with myself for not checking the ingredients as I would never have bought it had I done so. It taught me the lesson that 'low fat' does not necessarily mean 'healthier'. It depends on what your priorities are. If you are very concerned about fat intake and think your teeth can take care of themselves you might want to give it a go. I wouldn't recommend it though. After a few tries I couldn't bear to eat any more but as I didn't want to waste it I kept it and used it as an ingredient in shepherds pie which disguised the taste enough.

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              12.12.2009 17:38
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              Stick to regular peanut butter -it's lovely

              Firstly I must confess that I always used to hate the thought of peanut butter! Of course, you should never knock it until you have tried it! When my Fiance and I first got together I just couldn't understand why he liked it so much and he would have it with almost anything! One day I decided to try it to see what all the fuss was about and I have eaten it almost everyday since!! Peanut butter is not exactly diet food. It does contain quite a lot of calories and salt but when eaten in moderation it's fine. I usually have it on toast for my breakfast and then I wont have it for the rest of the day. This particular peanut butter is made by Asda. Peanut butter comes in two different styles, smooth and crunchy. This one is smooth and comes in a 340g glass jar. Smooth means it doesn't contain small lumps of peanut unlike the crunchy style. The jar itself has a blue label and blue lid. This peanut butter is reduced fat. When I first saw it I was so impressed. I thought I could still enjoy that gorgeous peanut butter taste with less calories but I'm afraid that is not the case! This reduced fat type is absolutely tasteless. In-fact it reminds me of cardboard. I was so disappointed with this that I switched back to the regular kind as I would rather a few extra calories and a normal tasting peanut spread! Obviously Asda have just removed most of the butter, which gives this spread its lovely creamy taste to lower the calorie content. If I were you, I'd stick to the regular peanut butter. Peanut butter is delicious on toast and crumpets. It can be used as a sandwich filler, in cakes and biscuits and even as a dip for vegetable slices (some people may be horrified by that suggestion!). This peanut butter can be bought for around £0.91p and has all nutritional information and storage instructions printed on the label. It is also suitable for vegetarians.

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                16.09.2009 23:46
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                Tasty sticky and reduced fat = yummy

                For someone who only recently found out they liked peanut butter I've developed a real taste for it and seem to be able to get through jars quite quickly. Now brand name peanut butter isn't that cheap per jar and is pretty high in fat and cals so because of this I've been trying to find another option. When wandering round my local ASDA I spotted this peanut butter on their shelves. A 340g jar only cost £1 so it won on price, and there are only 547 cals and 37.2g of fat of which 7.9g are saturates per 100g. Not a huge reduction but still lower than the brand name and 25% lower than ASDA's standard peanut butter, so I thought I'd give it a go to see if it came anywhere near on taste. On opening the jar I was greeted by a peanut coloured spread (good start!) that did not appear greasy and a strong salty peanut smell. My base of choice to test this product was a toasted bagel which I have found goes well with smooth peanut butter. I spread on what I consider to be a generous amount, still no greasiness, and it melted a little from the heat of the bagel. On biting into the peanut butter I was quite suprised by how sweet it tasted, not horrible, but sweeter than I expected. With only 74% of the ingredients being peanuts , it may explain why the sweetness of the added sugar is more noticeable in this butter than in some of the others I have tried, and I found I came to quite enjoy the slight sweetness and bet it would make nice peanut butter cookies. The overall consistentency of the butter is very smooth and quite dense, that's my excuse for spreading it thickly and I'm sticking to it...very much as the peanut butter sticks to my mouth. It is very sticky but I like this, and it makes taking the odd spoonful out of the jar especially satisfying. So how does this stand up in competition with other brands? I'd say very well, especially if you like your peanut butter very sticky and a little sweeter - which it appears I do. The fact it is (slightly) reduced fat (note reduced not low) doesn't seem to have adversely affected the taste and does mean a less greasy/oily peanut butter. Taking everything into account I think this may become my peanut butter of choice.

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                  12.07.2009 02:37
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                  Yum I love this on toast!

                  I love peanut butter and I knew when I decided to start getting healthy and fit that peanut butter was going to R.I.P in my life. I was so upset about this and couldn't imagine not having it cos I love it on toast and in sandwiches and of course out of the jar on a spoon... you get the picture lol I just love it. So when I saw this in my local Asda store I did a little dance as I grabbed a jar cos never did I imagine it would ever come in a lower fat variety and I was so delighted! lol. The Packaging.... 340g see through jar with a bright blue plastic screw on/off lid to the top of it and around that main of the jar there is a light blue label and on that, at the front I'm told in white, light brown and yellow lettering that it's Asda Reduced Fat Smooth Peanut Butter. Other information on the label gives me a list of ingredients and allergy advice, some meal ideas, I'm told it contains no hydrogenated fats and is suitable for Vegetarians and of course there is a nutritional information guide and contact details for Asda given. This is nice informative packaging from Asda and it doesn't look cheap and/or nasty! The Peanut Butter Itself.... is actually fairly nice and if put me on the taste test spot I wouldn't guess this was a cheap version of peanut butter and that it was low fat at all, providing I didn't eat much of it! It's light brown and peanut coloured and has a very peanuty smell to it if you take a whiff. Consistency wise, well it's called smooth and it really is smooth. A really great thing about this actually is the consistency because it is incredibly easy to spread without being too thin and like a liquid or juice or anything! This is made up from 74% peanuts and the rest is basically vegetable fat, sugar and salt. However it isn't greasy at all either in the look of it or taste but I'm sure some people would moan about the high tasting sugar content. Yes this is rather sweet and if you eat quite a bit of this you can feel the sugar granules against your teeth! However put it on hot food it kind of melts the granules down somewhat... so best on toast I think lol. It is as I have said smooth, slightly sticky but I wouldn't call this stodgy. It is what it is and that is a low fat peanut butter that is full of taste, healthier than alot of regular versions and if your a fan of the mighty peanut butter then this is worth a go if watching your fat intake (but not if your watchig you sugar levels lol!). Though beware as I have mentioned in this review already it does taste sugary! Now.... where's my breadI want a piece of toast lol! Allergy Advice.... Contains peanuts May contain traces of other nuts and/or seeds Nutritional Information Per 15g Tablespoon.... Energy: 82Kcal Protein: 3.0g Carbohydrate: 5.0g of which is sugars: 2.7g Fat: 5.6g of which is saturates: 1.2g Fibre: 0.8g Sodium: 0.03g equivalent as salt: 0.1g Only available in Asda stores priced 78p and is also available in a full fat variety.

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                    26.05.2009 22:50
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                    A yummy peanut butter that tastes just the same as any other

                    Asda's smooth peanut butter is a smooth brown spread made with roasted peanuts. The only other ingredients in it are dried glucose, syrup, vegetable fat and salt so it's a very healthy spread to have on toast or in your sandwiches or even to use as a dip. This reduced fat version contains 25% less fat than the original which also makes it a lot healthier. There is no difference in the taste from the original peanut butter - it tastes exactly the same to me and I can't tell that there's any difference whatsoever. It has a very strong smell of peanuts and tastes simply like creamy mashed up peanuts! It spreads very easily on any type of bread and doesn't break the soft bread up, like some other thick spreads do. I love to have it on toast as it melts into the hot bread and tastes delicious. I also get a craving every now and then to have a dollop of it by itself on a spoon and I sit there taking my time licking it to savour the flavour. I wouldn't suggest keeping it in the fridge as this makes it too hard and a lot more difficult to spread. A kitchen cupboard is the perfect place to store it to keep it cool yet soft and smooth. I do find with this version that the spread left at the top of the pot loses some of its softness after a while but the remainder in the bottom stays lovely and soft. The spread comes in a 340g glass pot with a blue lid. It looks very similar to the original 'full fat' peanut butter but you can clearly see which the reduced one is. This Asda make costs 78p whereas the Tesco version is quite a bit more at over a pound. I've always loved peanut butter but I can only eat the smooth version as I'm actually allergic to nuts. I have a reaction to the crunchy peanut butter but not with the smooth - yes, weird I know, but I don't know why! Obviously it does contain peanuts so I wouldn't recommend others with nut allergies going and trying this just because I'm OK with it! Everyone is different and I suppose I'm just a little odd!

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