Are you ready to make the switch to healthy wholesome nut and seed butters? If you haven’t tried them already, you may be in for a surprise. Here’s some information to help you make that transition. Once you see all the benefits to using alternate butter you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.
Like me, you’ve probably heard about almond butter but did you know there are other nut and even seed butters out there? There are quite a few different healthy wholesome nut and seed butters on the market, and each has a beneficial nutritional profile. For those with an allergy to peanuts, nut and seed butters can provide just as good (if not better) nutrition without the risk of setting off a peanut allergy.
Think school lunches! Nut butter sandwiches without the peanuts.
Making your own lets you eliminate many additives, including excess sugars or salt.
Suffering from the muscle aches of Fibromyalgia or arthritis? Some of these healthy wholesome nut and seed butters also may help relieve pain.
Making your own lets you eliminate many additives, including excess sugars or salt which is a real plus if you are a diabetic or need to cut back.
Let's take a look at some of these butters, and what some of their benefits are.
Almond Butter – Almond butter is a more well-known one of the healthy wholesome nut and seed butters. Almonds are implicated in reducing cholesterol and the risk of diabetes. They are very high in magnesium and calcium, which help build strong bones. The monounsaturated fats in almond butter outweigh the saturated fat, making them a heart-healthy choice.
Cashew Butter - Cashews have antibacterial action, and the butter is high in zinc, B vitamins, potassium, iron, and essential fatty acids. The creamy puree has significant protein and fiber as well. Cashew butter has less fat than peanut butter.
Pumpkin Seed Butter - The humble pumpkin seed, treated as gloppy waste at jack-o-lantern carving time, has all sorts of health benefits. Pumpkin seeds are considered promoters of prostate health, and their high magnesium content makes them a good osteoporosis preventer (magnesium enhances calcium absorption). Like other nut and seed butters, pumpkin seed butter is high in essential fatty acids. It is also considered an effective anti-inflammatory.
Sesame Seed Butter - Also known as tahini, this seed butter is used as an ingredient in hummus. It has a creamy texture and good nutrient value, containing high amounts of copper, manganese, calcium, magnesium, and other nutrients. The magnesium in sesame seeds acts as a tranquilizer, too; the copper is known to help with pain relief in headaches, muscle pain, rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
It even has a fair amount of zinc, iron, phosphorous, and fiber.
Try combining this iron-rich seed butter with foods high in vitamin C, such as oranges or raw bell peppers (for example, dip strips of bell pepper into hummus).
Try our recipe for Spicy Hummus Dip here.
Soy Nut Butter - This is a popular alternative to peanut butter, and is often used as such in school lunches and kids' camps. It is lower in saturated (and total) fat than peanut butter, and has 7 grams of protein per serving.
Soy protein has been implicated in restoring hormonal balance and may reduce the risk of heart disease.
Sunflower Butter - The cheerful sunflower is the source of these healthful little seeds. Sunflower butter has 1/3 less saturated fat than peanut butter. Sunflower oil, found in the seeds, is considered heart-healthy. In fact, doctors have been known to "prescribe" sunflower seeds to treat high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
Sunflower butter is a good source of iron, vitamin E, fiber, and protein.
Nut and seed butters are good choices for vegans who do not consume animal protein, for diabetics or anyone who wants to reduce sugar and salt intake, for foodies wanting to enjoy a new taste, or for anyone who wants to engage in a healthy, whole foods diet.
One thing about making your own healthy wholesome nut and seed butters is that you can eliminate additives without having to pay extra for a premium product.
But even more, you get to enjoy a fresh product. And that seldom comes off a shelf in a store.
Healthy wholesome nut and seed butters provide alternatives to those with peanut allergies - and they taste very good!
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