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What are Nut Butters? 9 Healthy Nut Butter Options

Author: Cara Walsh

March 03, 2014

What are Nut Butters? 9 Healthy Nut Butter Options

Author: Cara Walsh

March 03, 2014

A few years ago, the only type of nut butter that could be found was peanut butter, most likely the Jif Brand. But now, there are a wide variety of different ‘nut butters’ to choose from.

Interestingly, regardless of the nut, they all have similar calorie ranges. However, nut butters contain a large array of nutrients. To get the widest range of vitamin and minerals, add some diversity to your nut butter routine and branch out from just the typical peanut butter. Consider using one of the 9 different nut butters listed below as a healthy snack in your weight loss plans.

Tip: When buying any type of nut butter, look at the ingredients listed on the back panel before purchasing. Ingredients are listed in order of weight, so the first item on the list will be the most predominant food item. Many brands have hydrogenated oils (trans=bad fats), sugar and salt. While some mildly salted brands are acceptable, it is best to look for nut butters that only have ONE ingredient. For example: Almond butter, ingredients: almonds. Store these nut butters in the fridge after opening and mix well before using.

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Table adapted from Fit Sugar: http://www.fitsugar.com/Nutritional-Information-Nut-Butters-722886

About the Author:

Cara Walsh
Counselor at The Carmel Mountain Ranch Medifast Weight Control Center
Cara Walsh is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Weight Control Counselor. Cara received her bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Science from San Diego State University and completed her dietetic internship to become a registered dietitian through the Utah State University. Cara is currently completing her Masters in Dietetic Administration through Utah State University. Cara has always had a passion for healthy eating and cooking. She loves to focus on how food can heal and provide nutrition-while tasting delicious. Cara thrives on helping others reach their full potential nutritionally. In her spare time she enjoys reading, going to Pilates and running the boardwalk on the Pacific Ocean with her son and husband.

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