Peanut butter is not a very good choice.Peanuts contain cancer causing molds.Pesticides are also sprayed on them.I only buy fresh ground almond butter.They are also a legume not a nut. My N.D. suggests that I do not eat them. Hope this sheds a little more light on the subject.
BE VERY CAREFUL!!! One Tablespoon of Nut Butter is about 100 calories. Or for those of us trying to loose weight over 5% of our daily calorie intact.
Don't disagree with anything written or comments... However a very little nut butter goes a LONG way. Most nut butters if fairly natural (not with added sugar etc) have a fair amount of nutritional value... HOWEVER...per tablespoon they are extremely high in calories.
As has been pointed out in comments they have a high amount of natural oils as well. I have seen it suggested that if the natural nut butter has been sitting out long enough to have its oils separated then to pour the oil out or in another container.
I did that once with a very expensive jar of nut butter. I just poured the whole amount of oil down the drain. It basically made the whole jar unusable...it was too dense and crumbly to do almost anything with.
Anyway...at least to me...joining Spark for weight loss instead of pure health...nut butters are a thing better to avoid than to promote simply because it is too easy (just like TNT) to use too much and ruin your calorie count for the day...or even just a two tablespoons too much..for the week.
Please do not equate hydrogenated vegetable oils with trans fats. They are not the same. Products with partially hydrogenated vegetable oils also contain trans fats. Products with fully hydrogenated vegetable oils do not contain trans fats.
The last time I looked at a jar of peanut butter that wasn't natural, the ingredient list had changed. Instead of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (also containing trans fats) it had fully hydrogenated vegetable oil (with no trans fats). The makers are getting the message.
Another point to note: really natural peanut butter must be stirred to mix the oil with the ground peanuts. The longer it has been on the shelf, the harder it is to stir. The easiest to stir is fresh ground peanut butter. The hardest to stir, in my experience, have been the most expensive brands on the supermarket shelf, probably because they've been standing there longest.
When I was a kid there was only natural peanut butter. When my mother began to bring home the new kind that didn't have to be stirred, I didn't like it. I begged her to buy the old kind, I even promised to stir it myself, but she didn't pay any attention. It was many years later that I rediscovered natural peanut butter.
8/8/2012 3:30:00 AM
Thanks for the article. My favourite is to have nut butter (any sort) on a salad roll, very tasty.
I have yet to meet a nut or nut butter that I didn't like! Thank you for the recipe to make my own nut butters.
7/8/2012 10:19:47 AM
Great article. Thanks. I prefer almond butter, my wife, hazelnut. She makes hazelnut milk. Yummy. If you have a juicer like a Champion or one of the Tribest brands, they do a good job with nut butters. I doubt that one of those ones with a spinning basket would work, though.
By the way, I've read that the main reason the best known big name brands is less expensive is because of the U.S. military. The one that wins the government contract for the year is generally the least expensive.
Thank-you for this article. Where others may reach for the ice cream, I prefer a jar of peanut butter. My favorite nut is cashew, no roasted & no salt, just raw cashews. They are getting harder to find though including in the organic department of the store I do my food shopping in.
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