“The good news of eating nuts is discussed here. I am including this to bring attention to avoiding nut butters that added sugar, palm oil or hydrogenated oils, and skip the reduced fat nut butter. Interesting recipe ideas.” Bill Chesnut. MD.
Get nutty! Protein, fiber, nourishing fats…nut butters have it going on. Cleveland Clinic Wellness newsletter_3.3.16
It’s high time to go nuts…in a good way! There’s a world of nutritious, delicious nut butters out there beyond the children’s classic. No offense, PB&J, but we’re ready to spread our wings and our celery sticks with almond butter, walnut butter, and cashew butter, for starters. “Across the board, tree nuts and nut butters are a superduper source of nutritious fats, fiber, and vitamins and minerals,” says Cleveland Clinic nutritionist Amy Gannon, RD. Cases in point: Walnut butter boasts lots of omega-3 fatty acids, and almond butter is a go-to for vitamin E. These and other little nutritious nuggets can making a big difference for health by (1) cutting heart disease risk, (2) reducing belly fat accumulation, and (3) helping to control diabetes. When shopping, look for products that contain simple ingredients: “just nuts and perhaps salt,” says Gannon. Steer clear of nut butters that contain added sugar, palm oil, or hydrogenated oils, and skip the reduced-fat nut butters, which often replace nutritious fats with sugar and other fillers. If you have a high-power blender or food processor, you can whip up your own nut butter from walnuts, pecans, macadamia nuts, almonds, or hazelnuts — or try a delicious combo. As for how to use nut butter, the sky (er, the tree?) is the limit! Add it to homemade muffins and pancakes, blend it into smoothies, or add a dollop to a baked sweet potato. Try blending some nut butter into Greek yogurt for breakfast or a fruit-and-veggie dipping sauce. Create luxurious sauces, such as a cashew curry or Far-East-inspired almond soy sauce. Because sometimes you feel like a nut…butter!
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