Coffee addicts rejoice: You now have a new option for consuming caffeine, and it comes in the form of a protein-packed snack.
A company called Steem has created peanut butter that contains caffeine, protein and electrolytes. After pondering over possible hangover cures, owners Chris Pettazzoni and Keith Barnofski came up with the idea of an enhanced peanut butter. "It came from my pure love of caffeine and peanut butter, really,'' Pettazzoni told TODAY.com in October.
But while narcoleptic peanut butter enthusiants may be rejoicing over the enhanced spread, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) cast some doubt on Steem on Sunday, November 8, calling it "more dangerous than an ordinary jar of peanut butter."
“The FDA does not require the amount of caffeine to be listed on food labels," Schumer said. "So this stuff and other snacks can have a lot of caffeine and the consumer wouldn’t even know."
Schumer fears that Steem will be used with other snacks and foods that children eat, and proposed that the FDA regulates the amount of caffeine used in the product.
But the company says they "welcome the FDA, Sen. Schumer or any other federally regulated authority to review STEEM’s product and processes so they can see that STEEM is perfectly safe when used as directed,” the New York Post reported.
With 170 milligrams of caffeine in two tablespoons of peanut butter, two tablespoons of Steem are about the equivalent of two cups of coffee.
"STEEM is designed to provide a consistent release of sustained energy, and the naturally slow digestion of peanut butter is the key to that," the Steem website reads.
Ingredients include peanut oil, salt, peanuts, agave nectar, and green coffee extract as a source of caffeine.
Jars are sold for $4.99 on Steem’s website, and can be found at select stores and gyms in Massachusetts, California, Arizona and Florida.