Tbh, I’m definitely a nut/seed butter addict. I’m not going to lie. But at least it’s a healthier addiction. I don’t eat regular chocolate, so I suppose I have an excuse. And my go to brand? Mayver’s, absolutely love their products! Being an Australian owned company, and made in Victoria, how can you not trust them? Their products are 100% natural, without the added unhealthy fats (I’m talking additives like vegetable oil) and sugar. As Paul the owner states on their website, he’s made it his personal mission to rid the world of ‘badditives’ (1).
If we take a standard jar of peanut butter from the supermarket (not going to mention any names), although they list that peanuts make up most of the product, most of them will also have vegetable oil and sugar added. These additives, when consumed on a regular basis have the ability to cause much harm! Particularly because they have the ability to build up in our systems over time, what I like to refer to as, ‘filling the bucket until it overflows’.
What I love about Mayver’s table spreads is that they are pure wholefoods – their peanut butter legit only contains peanuts and salt, just as peanut butter should be. Mayver’s products also work very well in a range of recipes, from sweet to savoury, making them very versatile.
Most of Mayver’s products are of Australian origin. They source their peanuts from Kingaroy, Queensland, which make up at least 50% of their peanut butter. Their other spreads contain the best raw ingredients they can source from different personally selected farms around the world (2).
Here at 6 reasons as to why I believe Mayver’s products are of excellent quality (and you should too!):
1. Australian Owned Brand – Almost everything I buy I Australian owned. Why?
Australia makes some of the best products in the world (3)
By buying from Australian manufacturer’s, we’re supporting local jobs and economy
Products are fresher because we’re buying closer from where they were packaged. This also reduces Food Miles, referring to the distance food must travel from where it was manufactured to the consumer. By buying local foods, we are dramatically reducing the carbon dioxide emissions that accumulate with transporting of food (4), which means we’re protecting the environment!
2. Australia Grown Ingredients
Ingredients grown in Australia are usually of superb quality. We have strict guidelines in place that ensure that quality standards are met (5). Along with this, the benefits of consuming Australia grown ingredients are highly correlated with those of buying from Australian Owned brand, particularly in terms of protecting the environment and food quality.
3. Not genetically-modified
Some people will argue with me on this one, but I am not a believer in genetically-modified foods. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are produced in the laboratory whereby “the genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal” (6). The end result is a ‘transgenic organism’ that has had foreign DNA added from “bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans” (6).
Of the many health impacts, GMOs in food have been linked to organ damage in animal studies, possibly contributing to “gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility” (7). For more information of the health impacts of GMO foods, head to the Institute for Responsible Technology’s website.
All I can say is thank you Mayver’s for using all natural ingredients that have not been tampered with! And not only is this better for us, but also our environment.
4. Use of glass jars
Mayver’s packages all their products in glass jars, which are safer for the environment. Glass is a natural product made by melting sand and several other minerals together at a very high temperature, and then drying into shape (8). The good news about glass is that it is 100% recyclable and can be used again and again for the storage of our own products. Along with this, plastic also takes at least a whopping 450 years to biodegrade (9), leaving it detrimental to the environment, particularly because it isn’t a natural product.
Along with this, glass is a much safer for food storage than plastic. Much of plastic packaging, containers and wrapping contain harmful chemicals, with the most concerning being Polycarbonate (containing BPA), plastics containing BPS and BPF (BPA substitutes) and PVC (containing phthalates) (10). Many of these chemicals are endocrine disruptors and have been linked to many health problems including “infertility, obesity, breast cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease and diabetes” (10).
Mayver’s products are super affordable, ranging between $5-$10 full price. The good news is that they’re often on sale, so you can stock up on your faves at a cheaper price!
7. Easily accessible
Mayver’s products are easily accessible at your local supermarket, including Coles, Woolworths and Foodworks. Some online stores also stock their products; just a simple Google search and you can find a store.
I truly believe in Mayver’s products and think they’re one of the bet in the industry. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them in the comment box below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!
1. Mayver's. Our Story. [Online] 2017. http://mayvers.com.au/our-story/.
2. FAQs. Mayver's. [Online] 2017. http://mayvers.com.au/faqs/.
3. Why Buy Australian Made. Australian Made. [Online] 2017. https://www.australianmade.com.au/why-buy-australian-made/.
4. Food Miles . SBS. [Online] https://www.sbs.com.au/shows/foodinvestigators/listings/detail/i/1/article/2941/Food-Mil.
5. Food regulation and safety . Australian Government - Department of Agriculture and Water Resources . [Online] 2017. http://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/food/regulation-safety.
6. GMO Education. Institute For Responsible Technology . [Online] http://responsibletechnology.org/gmo-education/.
7. 10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs. Institute For Responsible Technology . [Online] http://responsibletechnology.org/10-reasons-to-avoid-gmos/.
8. About Glass . British Glass. [Online] . https://www.britglass.org.uk/about-glass.
9. Marine Debris . Department of Environmental Services. [Online] https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/.../marine_debris.pdf.
10. Oakenfull, David. Is plastic food packaging dangerous? Choice . [Online] 2014. https://www.choice.com.au/food-and-drink/food-warnings-and-safety/plastic/articles/plastics-and-food.