Most of us grew up with two options when it came to nut butters: Peanut, or none at all. However, there’s been a rise in popularity when it comes to the surprisingly high amount of nut butter alternatives available today in most supermarkets. This is good news not only in terms of switching up tastes and textures from time to time, it’s also great for people who may have allergies or sensitivities to certain nuts. Considering how healthy many nut butters can be, it’s a good idea to start looking into which varieties will work best for your dietary needs and interests. Adding any nut butter into your diet can do wonders for your health and eating habits.
As long as you don’t have an allergy to peanuts, and you like the way it tasts, there’s no reason not to add this classic food into more of your favorite snacks and dishes. Choose a brand which doesn’t add sugar or unnecessary ingredients into its peanut butter and you’ve got a great food which can provide you with significant amounts of protein, fiber, and many minerals and nutrients such as potassium, zinc, and iron.
Obviously, if you do experience health issues with peanuts, almond butter is your next best bet, barring you don’t have an allergy to almonds as well. Almond butter is just as delicious and satisfying, and it also contains more fiber and less saturated fat than peanut butter does. Once again, be sure to choose a brand which avoids adding in artificial ingredients, and you’ll benefit greatly from this healthy spread.
Sunflower Seed Butter
A lesser-known option, sunflower seed butter is a great alternative for people with any sort of nut allergy or sensitivity. What’s more is that this spread contains much higher amounts of nutrients such as magnesium and Vitamin E than the previous entries on this list. Sunflower seed butter is also low in unsaturated fat, making it a better choice for those who need to pay extra attention to heart health in their diet. You can substitute other nut butters with this one and still get a healthy, great-tasting snack.
Cashews are a great addition to any bag of mixed nuts, but what happens when you mash them into a butter? Cashew butter contains roughly the same amounts of nutrients found in other nut butters, and it also benefits from no sodium or cholesterol content. Give it a try for a slightly creamier texture on your morning toast.
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