This Gross Ingredient Is Hiding In Your Jar Of Peanut Butter

This Gross Ingredient Is Hiding In Your Jar Of Peanut Butter

peanut butter jar
peanut butter jar


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It’s hard to argue with the idea that peanut butter is one of the best foods out there. It’s delicious whether you’re eating a natural version, the chunky version, or the super smooth one. It can be added to basically anything to make it taste better, like sweet sandwiches, smoothies, or oatmeal. It’s even good when you eat it on a spoon straight out of the jar. So as much we hate to burst your bubble, there’s something you need to know: there’s a gross ingredient that’s hiding in your peanut butter, and it’s time to expose it.

Depending on the kind you buy, peanut butter is pretty simple. Natural peanut butter should be made of just one thing: peanuts (sometimes brands add palm oil or salt for flavor). Peanut butter that isn’t natural is usually made of peanuts, sugar, oils, molasses, and chemicals to preserve it longer. Oh, and your peanut butter can also contain fragments of insects and even rodent hair.

Yup, it’s unfortunately true: the FDA has actually confirmed that there might be “an average of 30 or more insect fragments per 100 grams” and an “average of one or more rodent hairs per 100 grams.”

Is that the worst thing you’ve ever heard? Probably!


What are insect fragments and rodent hairs doing in your precious peanut butter?! It’s disgusting to even think about noticing, let alone to think about how much you must have eaten already.

There’s something even worse than this thought, though, and that is that there are fragments of insect and rodent hairs in a lot of other foods. That includes things like oregano, canned peaches, dates, nuts, and olives… and so many more. Basically, there are insect fragments in almost everything you eat.

So… yeah. Is it time to burn all of the peanut butter, or is this something we can manage to get over? Honestly, we’re not sure right now.

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