Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Jif Omega-3 Peanut Butter Scam!

This is the kind of stuff that R-E-A-L-L-Y pisses me off! 

Yes, I'm a capitalist. I own and operate a small business (my practice) and I believe in the system.  I'm all for a company producing a product and providing a service that the public wants or needs and makes a profit. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. 

But what gets me upset is companies that lie, cheat, deceive  and use trickery to sell their product. This is the case with Jif Omega-3 Peanut Butter.  Is you can see on the display label, there in big bold letters on a green placard under the product name it says Omega-3.  But now I want you to read what's not on the display label, but on the back panel that much of the public doesn't read:

JIF Omega 3 Peanut Butter Ingredients:
MADE FROM PEANUT BUTTER [ROASTED PEANUTS, SUGAR, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: MOLASSES, FULLY HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OILS (RAPESEED AND SOYBEAN), MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, SALT], ANCHOVY* AND SARDINE OIL*,TILAPIA GELATIN, TOCOPHEROLS AND CITRIC ACID (ANTIOXIDANTS). *A TASTELESS, ODORLESS SOURCE OF OMEGA-3 DHA AND EPA.

We all know by now that the order of ingredients gives us a hint of the amounts of a substance in the food.  FULLY HYDROGENATED oil is the 3rd ingredient and the anchovy and sardine oil are towards the last. And let's not forget the sugar as ingredient #2. Is that really necessary? But for now, I digress...

I wonder why Jif didn't put a big RED placard on the front label Advertising FULLY HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL???  Yet they jumped over all those ingredients to advertise what little bit of Omega-3 is in their fraudulent peanut butter. Don't you think we'd want that kind of attention grabber? I wonder why not? I'll tell you....they know you wouldn't buy it. So they try to trick you instead.

Unfortunately for Jif, people like myself and other food renegades are educating our patients and the public.  You can't hide behind your sneaky government rules and sneaky deals. 

So, if you really are a choosy mom and you want to choose a peanut butter that doesn't have ingredients that will lead to heart attacks, high cholesterol and strokes....choose something other than Jif.

Ingredients in peanut butter should be simple. Something like this:

Ingredients:  Peanuts, peanut oil. 

Don't fall for this Omega-3 scam bait and switch scam. Hey.. People At Jif... I have NO PROBLEM with you putting Hydrogenated Oil in your products. Just give it equal opportunity on your main label so the public has equal opportunity to decide for themselves. 

Choosy mom's may choose Jif, but Educated moms and dads will be choosing something better.

I wish you large corporate food giants would stop pissing me off.

'nuff said

Dr. T

Dr. Narson is a 2-term past president of the Florida Chiropractic Association’s Council on Sports Injuries, Physical Fitness & Rehabilitation and was honored as the recipient of the coveted Chiropractic Sports Physician of the Year Award in 1999-2000. He practices in Miami Beach, Florida at the Miami Beach Family & Sports Chiropractic Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.

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7 comments:

DasG said...

Their natural peanut butter also has added palm oil and sugar. I'll stick with Smucker's natural (only 2 ingredients, peanuts and <1% salt) and get the added sugar from the apple slices I dip. :)

JoPa said...

I'll stick with ground peanuts as my peanut butter...

Dr. Todd Narson said...

This goes out to "MEG" if that's in fact the person's real name. The fact that a company hides behind a tiny little amount of Omega-3 in their product, doesn't balance out the harmful effects of the HYDROGENATED OIL that's in JIF's Omega-3 Peanut Butter product makes you an idiot. If Jif wants ANY respect, let them put more Omega-3 in and LOSE ALL of the hydrogenated oils. Either than or give equal billing on the front label to FULLY IDENTIFY the hydrogenated oils. I stand behind my blog post this is deceiving and in my opinion, a scam on moms that don't know any better. Shame on Jif!!!

Natural Omega3 said...

Their all-natural peanut butter furthermore has added palm oil and glucose. I'll stick.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad someone else posted this, I was in a hurry and picked it up. I am a very health minded person. Never again!! I like that smuckers natural too. Disgusted and pissed!

nat stab said...

'Tis true :-) I read this stuff on all the food I'm buying and was aware of this with this item as well. I had decided to purchase it for its "2% or less" phrase and my own notions of eating more artery cleansing foods such as garlic (which I'll eat anyways - unhealthy foods are not the reason). So, what does the 2% or less really mean? How much of crap is going into you with each serving?

smo Trevor said...

Their natural peanut butter also has added palm oil and sugar. Puritans Pride Coupon Code