Bodybuilding is a very demanding sport. Every person who is a part of this profession or is interested in being one knows that bodybuilding is 20% gym and 80% diet. If you do not fulfil your dietary requirements, you will not get the desired results no matter how ferociously you work out. For athletes who are striving to achieve an impressive muscle and size gain, a diet that supplies good number of calories derived carefully from healthy sources like protein and healthy fats is of outmost importance.
Yes, there are a lot of muscle gainers who give you blend of calories, protein, carbs and fat for an accelerated muscle growth but you also need similar stuff to snack on in between. You need a dietary product that not only prevents unhealthy binge but also boosts your daily intake. One such product is Peanut Butter. It is delicious, nutty and contributes significantly towards your daily requirements. Today, we will share with you the top 10 best peanut butter products available in India.
Things we have considered while choosing a peanut butter for our list:
- Protein and Healthy Fats: Since these two are most calorie dense macros, they play a crucial role in ensuring muscle and size gain. They keep you energetic, full for long and boost muscle synthesis. We have chosen products that offer a good balance load of both.
- Trans-fat: Some peanut butters use hydrogenated oils during manufacturing which introduces trans-fat into the product. It can cause serious health complications and also disrupt lean muscle development. We have tried our best to choose products with 0% trans-fat.
- Sugar: Ideally peanut butters are not supposed to have more than roasted peanuts and a little salt for flavour. However the marketed preparations are often loaded with sugars to enhance the taste and flavour. Sugar is another uncelebrated ingredient and needs to be avoided.
- Quality: We obviously do not want to expose our bodies to adulterated or sub-standard products. We have chosen products that come from reliable business groups and have been received well by the audience as well.
- Price: We definitely do not want to suggest a peanut butter product that would drill a nasty hole in your pocket. We have tried our best to pick those products which have created a fine balance between quality and price.
Remember two things while making the buying decision:
- Classic peanut butter: Avoid going for the classic versions of peanut butter as they will have added hydrogenated oil that bring in unhealthy trans-fats. Prefer going for All-Natural versions or Organic versions. Flavoured peanut butters are also fine for e.g. you have choco peanut butter, honey peanut butter. Just read the label carefully before purchasing any edibles.
- Crunchy or creamy: You will come across 2 variants of all peanut butters, creamy and crunchy. Creamy is smooth and easy to spread while crunchy, as the name suggests, is crunchy with tiny pieces of peanuts. To be frank, both the variants are almost identical as far as nutrition is concerned. Prefer creamy version if you would want to add peanut butter to smoothies and ice creams. If you are in love with that peanutty crunch, then choose the crunchy version.
Based on the above 5 parameters, here is our list of Top 10 best peanut butter in India.
Ruparel’s Natural Peanut Butter
Cost per serving: Approx. Rs. 10
May be not as refined as Alpino or Pintola or Teddie, Ruparel has its own fan following among peanut butter lovers. It is more in league with Sundrop with respect to its brand positioning, pricing and ingredients. The product is free of any flavours, colours or preservatives.
Every serving of 32 grams (label states a serving size of 100 grams which is far from being ideal) of Ruparel Natural Peanut Butter gives 8 grams of protein, almost 18 grams of total fats with 0% trans-fat, 2.2 grams of dietary fibres and 1.9 grams of sugar. Every serving of32 grams could cost Rs.9.5.
Sundrop Peanut Butter Regular
Sundrop is almost a three decade old Indian firm that started its journey with the super trending sunflower oil. Today, it has under its label an array of culinary products. Sundrop peanut butter is definitely not the best in the market but it is a good offering at a great price. Avoid going for Sundrop Honey Roast Peanut butter as it has only 6 grams of protein with 6 grams of sugars.
Every serving of Sundrop Peanut Butter (30 grams) offers 8 grams of protein, 15 grams of total fats with 4 grams of polyunsaturated fats, 0% trans-fat, 2 grams of dietary fibre and 2 grams of sugar. The ingredient list shows that it has added peanut oil, stabilizers in the form of mono and diglycerides of fatty acids and sugars. Each serving will cost you around Rs. 9.1.
HealthKart Peanut Butter
HealthKart is among India’s best when it comes to health foods and supplements. It is renowned as a platform that brings the best from the nutritional world at reasonable rates and as a brand that has a series of high quality dietary supplements. Its peanut butter has lived up to the expectations and come forth as a great contender in this segment.
Every serving of HealthKart Peanut Butter is all natural and serves you with 9.6 grams of protein, 14.4 grams of total fats with 4.3 grams of polyunsaturated fats, 0% trans-fat, 1.8 grams of dietary fibre, and 1.3 grams sugar (not artificially added). It is vegan and free of hydrogenated oils and cholesterol. Every serving will cost you Rs. 12.7 only.
The Butternut Co. Unsweetened Peanut Butter
The Butternut Co. is a company that is dedicated to making delicious and healthy nut butters. Their motto is to deliver health and goodness to families, one jar at a time. The nutty delights by Butternut Co. are packed with fresh ingredients, nutrition and wholesome health. In addition to peanut butter they also serve cashew butter and almond butter. And adding to the entire package is the fact that every product is completely made in India.
Every serving of The Butternut Co. Unsweetened Peanut Butter (1 tablespoon/15 grams) offers 5 grams of protein, 8 grams of total fats and 0.5 grams of sugar (not artificially added). The label states “Peanuts. That’s it”. Hence, we can safely assume there is no trans-fat in this peanut butter. Since 5 grams of protein is not enough, it is advisable to have 2 tablespoons instead and enjoy 10 grams of protein. The cost per serving of 32 grams is Rs. 12.9 only.
Flex Protein Crunchy Peanut Butter
Flex Protein is yet another Indian brand that has dedicated itself towards providing Ultraclean sources of nutrition to the consumers. It is located in Hyderabad and follows some pretty strong protocols to ensure ethical and quality manufacturing. Among the stringent protocols are – no GMO, no preservatives, artificial colours and flavours, no palm oil, no fillers an d thickeners etc.
Every serving of Flex Protein Crunchy Peanut Butter (32 grams) offers 10 gram of protein, 12 grams of total fats with 3 grams of polyunsaturated fats,0% trans-fat, 1 gram fibre and 2 gram sugar (no added sugar). One serving of Flex Protein Peanut Butter will cost you Rs.13.7 which is pretty competitive.
American Garden Peanut Butter
American Garden, as the name suggests, is a US based company which is quite popular in India. The company, today, sells around 250 culinary products in more than 50 countries. It is renowned for its delicious, natural and high quality products. As compared to Teddie, it is better priced.
Every serving of American Garden Peanut Butter offers you 7 gram of protein, 15 grams of total fat with 0% trans-fat, 2 gram dietary fibre, and 3 gram sugars. Each serving will cost you around Rs. 21.8.
Teddie Natural Peanut Butter with Flaxseed Chunky
You might have guessed by the name that is it not an Indian brand. Teddie is headquartered in the US is among the market leaders all across the globe. Teddie peanut butter is processed entirely in the US, adheres to Safe Quality Food Standards Level III and deploys a test and hold method to test the batches. Teddie peanut butter is indeed the best, all natural and hence a little costlier too. It is 100% vegan and Kosher.
Every serving of 2 tablespoons (32 grams) gives 7 grams of high quality protein, 16 grams of total fats with 5 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 0% trans-fat, 3 gram fibre and just 1 gram of sugar (natural not added). The polyunsaturated fat present is omega-3 which comes from its flax seed content and I super healthy. One serving of Teddie peanut butter with flaxseed will cost you Rs. 28.5 which is definitely ‘more’ but worth every penny, to say the least.
Alpino Natural Peanut Butter Crunch
Alpino Delicacy is a 100% Indian brand headquartered in Gujrat. An interesting thing is that Alpino uses a special recipe for its peanut butter that has been passed down from generations. It is prepared under strict quality control with pure and fresh ingredients by expert professionals.
Every serving of Alpino Natural Peanut Butter (32 grams) offers an impressive 10 grams of protein, 15 grams of fat with 4 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 0 trans-fat, 3 grams fibre and 1 gram sugar. One serving of Alpino Peanut Butter will cost you aroundRs.14 which is pretty pocket friendly.
Pintola All Natural Peanut Butter
The founders of Pintola received a jar of peanut butter as a gift from a foreign returned friend. The product floored them entirely with its quality, taste and benefits. They were also shocked to know that India does so poorly in peanut butter segment inspite of being the second largest producer of peanuts. That’s how Pintola was born, to give India a quality and delicious peanut butter. Pintola products are vegan, gluten free and GMO free.
Every serving of Pintola All Natural Peanut Butter (32 grams) gives 9 grams of protein, 16 grams of fats with 0 trans-fat, 3 grams of dietary fibres and 1 gram of sugar (not artificially added). Avoid going for Pintola Classic Peanut Butter as that has hydrogenated vegetables oils and added sugar. Every serving of Pintola All Natural Peanut Butter will cost your Rs. 13.7 only.
Just Nuts All Natural Peanut Butter
We could find any backdrop on the company, but we do know that it is FSSAI certified and hence comes with the promise of quality products. It seems to be a new venture that is very quickly picking up pace in the peanut butter segment with its refined and highly nutritious range. The reason for it bagging the first spot on the list it being economical, trans fat free and offering highest protein in the segment.
Every serving of Just Nuts All Natural Peanut Butter (32 grams) gives you 11 grams of protein, 16 grams of total fats of which 4.4 grams is your super healthy poly unsaturated or omega fatty acids, 0 trans-fat, 1.9 grams of dietary fibre and 0 gram sugar. Every serving will cost you Rs. 14.2 only.