I bought a peanut butter from my auntie’s sari-sari store. It was packed in a small plastic jar and cost only 20 pesos. I am not an avid fan of this spread but I like a taste of it once in a while. Buying a big jar is not ideal, it will only end up in storage for too long and oil will surface eventually.
Before opening the jar, I noticed the numerous dark brown spots. I wonder what are those. I took a picture using my point-and-shoot digital camera. Then I continue spreading the peanut butter on my bread anyway. I guessed those spots do not affect the eating quality and safety.
A friend of mine is manufacturing peanut butter. His product is more superior than this. But I never want to buy from him cause he is selling his product in large jar package. I met him and showed the picture. He told me that those dark spot are peanut skins. Some peanut butter manufacturers are using peanuts with skins intact.
My friend is using the skin-less peanuts because skins may contribute unwanted aftertaste and are source of uric acid. However, skins make the spread more fragrant and have antioxidant properties when roasted.
Uric acid? They are the criminals causing gouty arthritis. Uric acid are naturally produce by the system but excess causes unwanted pains.
Peanuts and peanut butter are really source of uric acid but the level is tolerable, only 79 mg/100g. Eating peanut is negligible as compared to eating meat. Avoid consuming peanut skins if your are really conscious about it.