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Nut and Seed Butters
Once upon a time, not so long ago, peanut butter was the only nut butter. Today, there is a wide range of nut butters. But what are their nutritional values?
Seeds and nuts are known to be highly nutritious. Packed with vitamins and minerals and composed of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats – good fats. The benefits are also present when one turns to natural nut butters.
That's the magic word. When nut butters and seeds are 100% natural, we are dealing with a product to which nothing has been added. The natural oil layer floating on the product before we open the jar is representative of this type of butter. Once it is stirred around with a spoon, the preparation will remain stable in the refrigerator for several weeks.
As for peanut butters, the price variation between 100% natural butters and those with added oil, sugar, and salt is minimal. The real difference comes into play when we consider other varieties of nut and seed butters, where price sometimes becomes an obstacle, easily reaching $7 or $8.
Nut and seed butters are an excellent choice to spread on our toast in the morning because they are high in nutrients. The amount of protein contained in these products is especially important in that it allows us to have a filling breakfast that will keep our motors going until the next meal. Notice that almond butter also contains a substantial amount of fibre.
A substantial quantity of omega-3 – the essential fatty acids that are much discussed in the world of nutrition – are found in seed butters. Omega-3s are known to help prevent cardiovascular diseases. Since many studies focus on the difference between the way omega-3s assimilate into the body depending on whether they come from marine or plant sources, consuming a variety of the essential fatty acids in your diet is the key to health!
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