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Are Nut Butters Healthy

Posted Jan 23 2013 1:58am
butter cookies with blueberry jam

Nuts can be part of your diet provided your diet should be from different natural sources. Nuts are good for the heart and reduce blood fats. Nuts can be eaten as such or enjoyed in the form of nut butters. Nut butters are made from crushing nuts and can be spread on foods. We will be discussing about the nutrition of few nut butters.

 

Almond butter; it is rich in monounsaturated fats and contains iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium and manganese. It is also a good source of riboflavin, phosphorous and copper. The monounsaturated fats are so health promoting that they reduce the risk of heart diseases, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. They help to lose weight. Almonds are power houses of protein and increases energy production.

 

Cashew nut butter contains heart protective monounsaturated fats. It is rich in copper which increases the energy production, the antioxidant activity and good for bones and blood vessels. Eating nuts prevents gallstone formation.
 
Peanut butter contains monounsaturated fatty acids. They are rich sources of antioxidants. Peanuts reduce the risk of stroke, prevent gallstone formation, protects against Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline. It contains resveratrol, niacin, vitamin E, folate, magnesium and dietary fibre. Peanut butter should be enjoyed along with whole wheat bread to provide complete protein.
 
Sunflower seed butter is good for the heart, lowers cholesterol, calms nerves, muscles and blood vessels, prevents cancer and helps in detox. It is a good source of protein, fibre, zinc and iron. It is rich in B vitamins and contains 4 times the amount of vitamin E as compared to peanut butter.
 
There are nut butters such as hazelnut, pecans, pistachio, and walnuts. Butter spreads can be made from soybean and sesame seeds which are quite healthy. Now certain individuals may be allergic to nuts say for example peanuts. In that case you should avoid nut butters. Otherwise you can relish it as part of a healthy diet keeping in mind the larger scheme of life.
 
Take care,
Swarnam
 
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Take care, Swarnam
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