There was always an open jar of reduced-fat Jif in our pantry when I was growing up. “It’s healthier,” Mom said as she slathered two pieces of frozen whole wheat bread with the peanut butter, gave each side a heavy-handed dusting of cinnamon sugar, slapped the bread together, and dropped the sandwich into a ziplock bag for school lunch.
So when I found out that reduced-fat peanut butter wasn’t actually that good for you, I was floored. What I learned: It has tons of added sugar, is only 60% peanuts (what’s the other 40%!?), and by the way, has a mere 4 grams less fat than the regular, full-fat version. It was as if someone had just come up to me and explained that the world is actually flat and my entire life is a lie. I couldn’t comprehend it.