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Go Nuts for Nut Butters!

A World of Choices Beyond Peanut Butter


9/15/2013 8:00:04 AM

Today with the advancement in the nutrition and health science it is no longer sufficient to advocate the unsaturated fats as the absolute good. we have to distinguish between the three major unsaturated fats as omega 9, 6 and 3. people who looked into the health effects of these fatty acids already know that we are having a high and unhealthy ratio of omega6 to omega3, which is pro-inflammatory, a foundation of tissue damage and various civilization diseases. and plant oils such as sunflower oil are full of omega6 but contain very little of omega3. people would be better off with some butter instead of plant spreads such as margarines. saturated fat in moderation is not bad for us. it is its excess that affects the lipoprotein particles and our health. while these nut spreads are nutritionally better than just butter, their composition of fats from the perspective of our general diet may not be that beneficial.
9/15/2013 2:28:32 AM

You have to be careful about nut allergies. I peanuts are used any time in the processing machines, there may be residue in the butter. Is it labeled that NO peanut machinery was used?
7/13/2013 8:23:49 PM

Anyone know if pecans make a decent butter?
4/18/2013 8:44:20 PM

I buy this great product called "trilogy nut butter" …its a blend of cashew, walnut , and almond butter… Its delicious and gives the unique health benefits of each of these nuts blended into one source. They also have a trilogy butter that blends macadamia, cacao, and cherry. So good!!!

Check it out at their site:
11/12/2012 2:57:48 PM

CHERRY666's SparkPage
I tried making my own today based on the recipe in this article and it turned out great! However, I'd like to make a note that it took at least ten minutes in the food processor, if not a bit more. The almond dust needed time to turn into a good paste (I was thinking it would just be a few minutes -- I almost added some oil but decided to wait), but with a little patience it did and it's delicious, so thanks!
9/4/2012 10:46:48 PM

CHRIS3874's SparkPage
The only thing I know is that soybeans would not be good - my mom had to use soy butter as a kid during the second world war because there was a shortage of peanut butter and she said it was disgusting.
8/8/2012 10:51:42 AM

MARCIAC10's SparkPage
I've made my own almond butter and it's not hard to do. I bought some natural almond butter recently and it didn't taste as good as the homemade. And I'm not a big cook, so if I can do it, anyone can!

Have to agree: calories and fat content are high, so watch your portions. The nutritional value is great!
8/8/2012 9:54:48 AM

PDANNYK's SparkPage
Right you are Artsygirls. Peanut butter is not a good chioce. Besides that most peanuts are GMO, which are nothing but peanuts with a roundup(think agent orange) gene spliced in. MOST peanut butters are laden with extra salt and other oils that are not good for you. ANY nut or seed butter with added veggie oils and or salts are not good for you. Almond butter is the best chioce as it (as Dr. Oz says) alkalizes the body . Next b est is hazelnut. Some of the so called nuttybutter spreads are terrible to your health. Soy oil, HFC sugars, etc are added and on the list is the nut it is named after as about the 4th or 5th from the top. Can't be much of the healthy nut in it! Watch your labels!!!!!!
8/8/2012 9:54:37 AM

Barney Butter almond butter is the BEST!
8/8/2012 9:31:17 AM

Peanut butter is not a very good choice.Peanuts contain cancer causing molds.Pesticides are also sprayed on them.I only buy fresh ground almond butter.They are also a legume not a nut. My N.D. suggests that I do not eat them. Hope this sheds a little more light on the subject.
8/8/2012 9:14:25 AM

PUDINTANE68's SparkPage
Excellent article and excellent source of nutrition. Yes they are high in calories and you do have to watch that, but they are a great source of good calories.
8/8/2012 9:06:41 AM

AFREIMAN's SparkPage
BE VERY CAREFUL!!! One Tablespoon of Nut Butter is about 100 calories. Or for those of us trying to loose weight over 5% of our daily calorie intact.

Don't disagree with anything written or comments... However a very little nut butter goes a LONG way. Most nut butters if fairly natural (not with added sugar etc) have a fair amount of nutritional value... HOWEVER...per tablespoon they are extremely high in calories.

As has been pointed out in comments they have a high amount of natural oils as well. I have seen it suggested that if the natural nut butter has been sitting out long enough to have its oils separated then to pour the oil out or in another container.

I did that once with a very expensive jar of nut butter. I just poured the whole amount of oil down the drain. It basically made the whole jar was too dense and crumbly to do almost anything with. least to me...joining Spark for weight loss instead of pure health...nut butters are a thing better to avoid than to promote simply because it is too easy (just like TNT) to use too much and ruin your calorie count for the day...or even just a two tablespoons too much..for the week.
8/8/2012 6:59:21 AM

JENNAAW's SparkPage
Nut butters are a staple of my nutrition, but very hard to find where I live. They always seem to be sold out.
8/8/2012 5:41:18 AM

Please do not equate hydrogenated vegetable oils with trans fats. They are not the same. Products with partially hydrogenated vegetable oils also contain trans fats. Products with fully hydrogenated vegetable oils do not contain trans fats.

The last time I looked at a jar of peanut butter that wasn't natural, the ingredient list had changed. Instead of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (also containing trans fats) it had fully hydrogenated vegetable oil (with no trans fats). The makers are getting the message.

Another point to note: really natural peanut butter must be stirred to mix the oil with the ground peanuts. The longer it has been on the shelf, the harder it is to stir. The easiest to stir is fresh ground peanut butter. The hardest to stir, in my experience, have been the most expensive brands on the supermarket shelf, probably because they've been standing there longest.

When I was a kid there was only natural peanut butter. When my mother began to bring home the new kind that didn't have to be stirred, I didn't like it. I begged her to buy the old kind, I even promised to stir it myself, but she didn't pay any attention. It was many years later that I rediscovered natural peanut butter.
8/8/2012 3:30:00 AM

Thanks for the article. My favourite is to have nut butter (any sort) on a salad roll, very tasty.

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