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Nutty for Nut Butters!

There are two types of people in the world.

Those who love the flavor of peanut butter + chocolate. And those who don’t have taste buds.

Wow am I ever sorry for those people.

Photo Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Perhaps a more common type of people are the ones who still think Jif is good for you (hello genetically-modified hydrogenated fats…how you doin’?!) and using nut butters (where the oils rise to the top) is something for only health-nut weirdos.

To those readers, let me tell you something. Discovering the world of natural nut butters is like an underground troll finding sunlight for the first time. It might be a bit overwhelming at first but once you adjust to seeing the light, you realize what you’ve been missing all this time.

Although experimenting with natural nut butters can be awkward — especially when you’re taste buds have been conditioned to like hydrogenated peanut butter full of added sugars — if you push through the discomfort for just a little while, you will soon realize that this “weird” nut butter is actually really amazing. And before you know it, you’ll be one of those “health nuts” who has to ask their husband to confiscate the almond butter so you stop eating it straight out of the jar.

Umm…not that I know anyone like that…or anything…

Nut butters are definitely high in fat, but it’s great fat that your body (and brain) need to live well. This is a classic example of a high-calorie food that’s good for you. Maybe not straight out of the jar, mind you, but a serving of two tablespoons of almond butter gives me 8g of protein, 10% of my daily calcium, and 6% of my daily iron.

And a whole lotta lovin’.

(…ahem…)

That same two tablespoons delivers 11g of monounsaturated fat, which is known to benefit insulin levels and control blood sugar¹ while also reducing our bad cholesterol (LDL) and increasing our good cholesterol (HDL)². And of course, improving our blood cholesterol levels means a decreased risk of heart disease.

See I’m eating spoonfuls of almond butter for my heart, yo.

Domestically Yours,
Natasha Kay

References:
¹“Dietary fats: Know which types to choose”. Mayo Clinic.
²“You Can Control Your Cholesterol: A Guide to Low-Cholesterol Living”. Merck & Co. Inc.. Retrieved 2009-03-14.

Discussion

6 thoughts on “Nutty for Nut Butters!

  1. hey tasha! can i submit a request for a post? i don’t know if you know this, but in the past month or so i ran a half-marathon, did a warrior dash, and my very first chin-up. 🙂 so now i’m wondering if you could do a post on some high-intensity routines that i could do as a stay-at-home and busy mom to keep my strength level high. i’d like to continue to be able to do chin-ups, but i’m wondering if there are high intensity things that i can do at home, without a bunch of “props” or a gym membership, that can get a lot done in a short period of time. (i continue to run and bike to keep fit in the cardio area.)

    Posted by Jessica | April 25, 2012, 10:59 am
  2. And my heart breaks again….sigh, not really but almost. I LOVE peanut butter (JIF natural creamy, to be exact), but my taste buds are being very stubborn about the other natural nut butters. I have tried blue diamond almond butter and I was not a fan. Is there one that has the creaminess of my JIF? I have texture issues with some of the others I have tried also. Thanks for the post-I learn something new every day!

    Posted by Jennifer Crumbaugh | April 25, 2012, 1:02 pm
    • Oh Jen!! But you’re learning and growing, so the heart will be healthier for it!! 🙂

      I get what you mean about texture. For me, I stick to “creamy” nut butters, like Trader Joe’s Organic Creamy Almond Butter with Sea Salt. I’ve also liked Maranatha organic peanut butters (I think Costco sells it here).

      And you can make your own, using straight nuts, salt, a bit of oil, and a food processor. Then you could whirl it until you get the consistency you like.

      Posted by Natasha (Domestica) | April 25, 2012, 1:49 pm
      • Oh, and the worst part is that Jif Natural Creamy advertises that it’s 90% peanuts, like that’s a good thing!! I think it should be 100% nuts! Their ingredients include palm oil (the bad type of saturated fat!) and sugar. boo!

        Posted by Natasha (Domestica) | April 25, 2012, 1:51 pm
        • Ok…well, like you said, knowledge is power! I will try the maranatha brand-I know where to buy that locally. We also have a store where you can make any type of nut butter fresh in-store. Guess I will try all kinds of nut butter! (after I finish my JIF….)

          Posted by Jennifer Crumbaugh | April 25, 2012, 6:32 pm

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