Which are the Healthiest Nut Butters?
The healthiest nut butters are typically not the ones you will find on the local grocery store shelf and it’s definitely not peanut butter.
These days there are many nut butter options available in most larger cities. When seeking the healthiest nut butter in the grocery store, make sure you read the ingredients and remember that less is more. The less ingredients on the label, chances are it’s going to be a healthier nut butter. The next thing to consider is the type of nut that the nut butter is made of.
Here are the nut butters made from the healthiest nuts.
This is probably my favorite healthy nut butter and the most eaten variety in our household. It has the creaminess of peanut butter but also 3 grams more of the good mono saturated heart healthy fats per serving. If you are not making your own homemade almond butter then when purchasing at the store, read the ingredients and choose the ones with the least ingredients. All you really need is Eatnuts.com Roasted Almonds or Eatnuts.com Raw Almonds if you are seeking raw almond butter.
Sunflower Seed Butter
Although this is really made from seeds and not nuts, it still commonly falls into the nut butter category. Sunflower seed butter is packed full of Vitamin E and delivers more fiber, magnesium, and niacin then most other nut butters.
Hazelnut Butter is the nut butter that tends to be most poplar with chocolate flavoring or sugars added. The hazelnut itself however, tends to be lower in fat and a healthier nut for consumption than other nut butters. That said, if you indulge in hazelnut butter without all the toppings, so to speak, this would be right up there with Almond Butter as a healthier nut butter to consume.
Walnut butter is probably one of the least popular types of nut butters, however, due to the nature of the walnut itself, this is one of your healthiest options. Eatnuts.com Walnuts are known for being heart healthy, so even though they are lower in protein and higher in fats, they are one of the best sources for omega 3 fatty acids. Since this is another one of those nut butters that is hard to find at the store, you may just want to make your own at home using your food processor or Vitamix.
It’s fun to experiment
Bring new flavors and varieties into your household and diet. Even though these are healthier nut butters, you still want to keep moderation in mind. If you crave peanut butter, try some of these alternatives that not only taste delicious but will give your body higher levels of nutrition and benefits. Consider ordering your favorite of nuts online to make your own homemade nut butter. That way it will be the freshest and healthiest nut butter you can consume, regardless of what nuts you use.
And due to processing, preservatives and added ingredients that are usually impossible to pronounce, homemade nut butters will naturally be healthier than options off the shelf
The best nuts to use in making the healthiest nut butters
Homemade Almond Butter Butter
Homemade Sunflower Seed Butter
Homemade Hazelnut Butter
Homemade Walnut Butter
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About the Author
Lisa Saremi is health and wellness coach for Limitless-U and blogger for eatnuts.com. Lisa received training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program on dietary theories, practical lifestyle management and innovative coaching methods with top health and wellness experts.