Does Jif Peanut Butter Contain Xylitol?

Jif Xylitol
Jif Xylitol
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Question: Does Jif Peanut Butter Contain Xylitol?

Answer: Xylitol is a sugar alcohol used as a regular sugar alternative. It is naturally occurring in most fruits and vegetables. It is used in such things as candy and gum to create sugar-free products.

Jif peanut butter does not contain xylitol. The ingredients are roasted peanuts, sugar, molasses, fully hydrogenated vegetable oils, mono and diglycerides, and salt. These ingredients are for the creamy peanut butter.

We checked the other Jif peanut butter products for xylitol that were listed on Xylitol was not listed as an ingredient in the following Jif products: Extra Crunchy, Natural Creamy, Honey Creamy, Natural Crunchy, Honey Crunchy, Omega-3 Creamy, Simply Creamy, Reduced Fat Creamy, and Whips. Please read the latest ingredients on the product label to verify that xylitol is not an ingredient if this is a concern for you. 

Additionally, Jif confirmed on Twitter in 2016 that their products do not contain Xylitol.

Xylitol is a concern for people who have dogs because it can be toxic to the animal. Like chocolate, if your dog eats too much xylitol it can cause death. According to Preventive Vet, it takes much less xylitol to kill a dog than it does dark chocolate. Xylitol is popping up as an ingredient in many foods, including some peanut butter products, which increases the risk of exposure to your pet. It is advised to check with a vet before feeding your animal any people food.

While we would suspect that Jif will remain Xylitol-free for the foreseeable future, product ingredients can change at any time. It is advised to check the ingredients prior to human or animal consumption if Xylitol is a concern for you.

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