Delicious Reasons To Eat Nut Butter
Written by: Brandi Monasco
Growing up, you probably had the standard peanut butter and jelly sandwich in your lunchbox for school. PB&J seems to be an all-time favorite for not only kids, but adults as well. They are cheap and easy to make and – if you use the right jelly or preservatives – you’ve got yourself a healthy meal!
Nowadays there are so many nut butters to choose from that you don’t have to settle for just peanut butter! But, peanut butter is STILL one of the top nut butters and along with those other nut butters, they each have amazing health benefits for your body!
Here are some of the top, most delicious nut butter options and their health benefits:
- Almond Butter: Almond butter contains vitamins and nutrients that your body needs. A few of those vitamins and nutrients include calcium, copper, magnesium, vitamin E, as well as healthy fats and fiber. Both calcium and copper play very important roles in your body by helping your brain cells communicate as well as keeping your nervous system function. Calcium is needed for your bones to remain strong while copper helps your brain create melatonin. Magnesium also helps keep your bones healthy while vitamin E helps prevent serious cardiovascular diseases such as blood lipid oxidation. Having healthy fats and fiber also makes almond butter a heart healthy nut butter.
- Walnut Butter: Walnut butter is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which are not only essential for heart health, but also help to trigger the hormone called leptin, which is released in your body to tell you when you have had enough to eat. This makes walnut butter one of the best nut butters for weight loss!
- Cashew Butter: Cashew butter may not supply the omega-3 fatty acids like walnut butter does, but it does contain a significant amount of other heart-healthy fats such as amino acids and magnesium. However, cashew butter is on the high calorie side out of all nut butters with only 1 tablespoon containing 94 calories. Even though it is high in calories, the amino acids found in cashew butter helps play an important role in your metabolism as well as the growth and repair of your body tissues.
- Peanut Butter: Peanut butter is probably the most common nut butter on the market. As with walnut butter, peanut butter is great for weight loss because it helps suppress your appetite and control hunger. Peanut butter is also high in niacin. Studies have found that people who consumed foods high in niacin were 70% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease later in life.
Select a nut butter that is all natural and free of sugar as well as hydrogenated fats and any other additives. Make sure that the ingredients list includes the specific nut and salt as the only ingredients. You can add nut butters to anything like you would with regular peanut butter; on toast, with fruit, or even blended into smoothies.
Which kind is your favorite? Share with us in the comments below!
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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