It's Time To Join The Nut Butter Fad

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Protein has been the go-to macronutrient for individuals wanting to improve their overall health and performance for decades.


Now with the growth of the Keto Diet craze fat has become the macronutrient of choice to achieve weight loss. Whether it is protein or fat that is the current fad among health enthusiasts nut butters have what these health “nuts” are looking for and more. Depending on the nut being used the nutrient content of natural nut butter is impressive and boasts of major benefits to the consumer’s health.

Nuts about nuts

Almond butter is packed with vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, and healthy fats. Just one tablespoon of almond nut butter provides almost 100 calories which makes it a tasty and quick snack and pick-me-up, nearly 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of beneficial fiber. While organic isn’t always necessary, organic almond butter and natural almond butter may be a worry free way to take in an excellent amount of antioxidants. Because they are packed with antioxidants and vitamin E.

Cashew butter is a delicious snack for anyone taking part in a low carbohydrate-high protein diet. Just one tablespoon of this creamy nut butter provides nearly 100 calories, while the consumer would have to eat two tablespoons to get 4 grams of protein. This nut butter is surprisingly lower in fat than other nut butters. Cashew butter is an excellent source of selenium, magnesium, and iron. Some studies show a reduction in gallbladder stones among women who consume cashew butter.

Hazelnut butter is far beyond just “Nutella.” One tablespoon provides almost 100 calories and 2 grams of protein. This nut butter provides a unique mixture of minerals including copper and manganese. Being high in dietary fiber makes it beneficial for heart health and lowering cholesterol. Hazelnuts in general contain a large amount of dietary folate, which can be beneficial for women who are pregnant or expected to become pregnant as folate is an important nutrient for fetal health.

Cashews are about 21% protein, 46% fat, and 25% carbohydrates.

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Peanut butter is the classic go-to nut butter and its popularity is not without reason. A serving of organic peanut butter provides 45% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for Vitamin E, 67% RDA for Niacin, nearly 200 calories, and 8 grams of protein. It is an exceptional addition to any snack such as apples or bananas for a quick source of protein and calories during an afternoon crash. While it may be high in calories it is still a better option than a sugar-laden treat that is not providing the consumer with extra beneficial nutrients like antioxidants and healthy fats.

Sunflower butter may be a lesser known nut butter, but it should not be discounted. It is slightly higher in calories than other nut butters at 100 calories for 1 tablespoon. But it is bringing a large amount of healthy fats to the table along with 3 grams of protein and a large amount of magnesium. Because it is loaded with antioxidants and good fats, this butter can help fight and reduce inflammation and stiffness in the joints along with fighting free radicals in the body that may turn to cancerous cells if allowed to exist.

Walnut butter is a great source of antioxidants and omega-3s. The standard American diet is laden with omega-6 fatty acids, which is good and bad. Taking in more omega-6s than omega-3s can cause an imbalance in the body and lead to a pro-inflammatory state. This nut butter may help reduce various cancer formations such as prostate and breast cancer. The protein to carb ratio is impressive in a serving of walnut butter, which provides 8 grams of protein and only 6 grams of carbs.

Macadamia nut butter is impressive in its ability to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol through its dietary fiber and phytosterol content. This nut butter has a nutrition profile that is much the same as traditional peanut butter, but offers additional vitamins and minerals that may provide more health benefits. In most cases individuals have very little control over their HDL (good) cholesterol levels going up. Having high HDL is desirable and macadamia nut butter may help in increasing this number. Its relatively high fiber content makes it one of the best nut butters for reducing blood sugar levels. This aspect also improves bowel function and regularity.

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Eat them and enjoy

Whether it is just a quick snack or a daily go-to, nut butters should be on anyone’s list of go-to options. With the rise and seriousness of peanuts and other nut allergies it is nice for those suffering to have a variety of other potential options. Nut butters have been around for centuries and they do not appear to be going anywhere any time soon.