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Beyond Peanut Butter: Nutritious Spreadable Nuts

Posted Oct 16 2008 7:58pm

If you think that peanut butter is your only spreadable nut option, you need to look beyond your jar of Jif. Today's spreadable nut options are numerous and each kind is packed with a different variety of nutrients. Here's a guide to help make it easy for you to pick the one that meets your individual needs.

Almond butter is great for athletes who could use this rich source of calcium, magnesium and potassium to strengthen bones and maintain normal muscle and nerve function. Additionally, these nutrients boost the body's immunity. Because almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E, studies have found that eating them may also reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.

Cashew butter is a great pick-me-up when you are low on energy because it's high in iron and protein, while also containing less saturated fat than other nuts. It's also chock full of B vitamins, which improve fat and protein metabolism, maintain healthy skin and muscle tone, enhance the immune and nervous systems, and promote cell growth and division.

Hemp butter has the perfect balance of omega-3's and omega-6's to help improve your mood and ward of depression.

Pecan butter is a great detoxifier because it contains a mighty dose of antioxidants from vitamins A, B and E, folic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. It also contains the heart-healthy fat oleic acid.

Soy butter is rich in isoflavones, which studies have found have the ability to reduce menopausal symptoms, curb bone loss, combat cancer, and lower cholesterol and blood glucose. Soy is also a good source of protein, fiber and cancer-fighting phytochemicals.

Tahini butter (sesame seed butter) can help slow cellular aging and detoxify the liver. It's high in protein and fiber, while being low in saturated fat compared to peanut butter. It's an excellent source of calcium, iron and vitamins B and E as well as the amino acid methionine.

Walnut butter is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help ward of the ill effects of fat better than olive oil. Eating a serving a day can lower cholesterol and the risk of heart disease.

Source: Alternative Medicine (December 2007)

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