(asked by Grace from New Mexico)
I don’t think French people have any problem with peanut butter at all.
As a matter of fact, most French people don’t even know what peanut butter is, and those who know it usually don’t hate it, they just don’t see what the big deal about it as there are so many better things in the world, and things that don’t totally clutter and stuff your mouth when you eat them.
But what can gross French people out are peanut butter sandwiches (especially with bananas on it), or even worse, the infamous peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Talk about a more unhealthy snack: sugar, lots of it, fat, quite a lot too, and add carbohydrates to the mix.
And then, one wonders why so many Americans are fat… When kids think that is a proper snack, it’s not a surprise they’ll eat anything at anytime later in their lives.
And I’m not even talking about the taste. I actually never had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, just thinking about it makes me gain weight and gives me cholesterol. And did I mention that I’m the kind of person that doesn’t care about these kinds of things usually (fat, carbs and such)?
And did you just compare Nutella with peanut butter?
There you have it. We’re touching here a major cultural difference between the French and Americans.
Most Americans just don’t understand that taste buds need to be educated too and that food is just not something to put in your body to not die.
And then they go say things like “peanut butter is better than Nutella.” OK, I must admit that Nutella in the US is not that great (blame it on the palm oil that comes in the US recipe, not the European one because we know it’ll mess up the product).