You'll Regret Eating Great Value Peanut Butter. Here's Why

When you're deciding which peanut butter you're going to buy, it might be tempting to go with Walmart's store brand, Great Value. After all, it can seem like just that — a great value. It is cheaper than the name brand products, and all peanut butter is basically the same, right? Not so much. 

For one thing, it might not even be much cheaper. Showbiz Cheat Sheet points out that other, comparable stores usually have better deals: "Even Target tends to sell cheaper peanut butter," the outlet notes. For another, even on Walmart's own site, where people are loyal enough to Walmart to create accounts and take the time to write reviews, customers are no more impressed by Great Value's peanut butter than any other brand's. One Walmart review said the Great Value peanut butter "mostly tastes like vegetable oil." Another said that, in less than a month, they found "a hair or spider leg in 2 different jars...We like Wal-Mart [sic] and we want to support their brands but this has put a bad taste in our mouths!" 

Don't be fooled by the first bite

As Mashed writer Kori Ellis pointed out, even though the first bite might not taste so bad, it gets worse. "When the aftertaste strikes you will regret going the cheap route on your peanut butter purchase. The aftertaste of this trash is akin to licking charcoal and then chasing it with a burnt toast flavored milkshake."

Similarly, Teri Gault, who literally wrote the book on shopping smart — she wrote a book, available on Barnes & Noble, called Shop Smart, Save More — told Business Insider that, if you're shopping Walmart, you should skip the generic brand. She said Great Value's creamy peanut butter doesn't taste as good, isn't as creamy, and isn't as "peanutty" as the Skippy alternative. If there are three things that creamy peanut butter is supposed to be, it's good, creamy, and peanutty, so you may want to heed her advice.

If you're shopping Walmart, go with the name brands for now. Your taste buds will thank you.