Shopping for a nut butter can get overwhelming quickly. There are so many options—almond, peanut, cashew, sunflower, coconut, soy, walnut, multi-nut, hazelnut—and you want to make sure that you are choosing the best of the best.
Things to look for when shopping for a nut butter…
- Full Fat...reduced fat butters usually have a ton of sugar and other processed ingredients such as corn syrup solids to give the nut butter the “feel” of a full-fat version
- Little or no hydrogenated oils
- Low Salt Content
- Minimal Added Sugar
- No processed ingredients or stabilizers
- None of the following words on the label…these words all indicate that the nut butter has tons of added sugar and is more like a dessert—chocolate, flavored, honey/honey nut/honey roasted/honey flax, maple, nutella/hazelnut, vanilla
- Requires refrigeration…betters should NOT be able to sit out without going rancid.
- Requires stirring…nuts are primarily fat. When you grind them up and store them, the fat should separate from the ground up nuts….if not, some sort of palm oil or hydrogenated oil has been added.
- Short ingredients list…ingredients should literally just be whatever nuts are in the butter and salt
Almonds are one of the most nutritious nuts…a great source of riboflavin, magnesium, manganese, vitamin E, flavonoids, healthy fats, calcium, B vitamins, copper, phosphorus, molybdenum, monounsaturated fats, fiber, and protein.
Almond butter can be a good choice for ensuring healthy metabolism, fighting heart disease and cancer, helping combat heart disease, and preventing osteoporosis.
Some of the healthiest almond butters available include…
- Barney Butter Bare Almond Butter
- Blue Mountain Organics Almond Butter
- Dastony 100% Organic Stone-Ground Raw Almond Butter
- Justin’s Classic Almond Butter
- MaraNatha Raw Almond Butter or Organic Almond Butter
- Trader Joe’s Creamy Almond Butter
- Whole Foods 365 Organic Unsweetened Almond Butter
Peanut butter is obviously the most popular of all nut butters…a great source of B vitamins, copper, manganese, protein, molybdenum, phosphorus, and vitamin E.
Some of the healthiest peanut butters available include…
- MaraNatha Organic Peanut Butter
- Nutzo Original Peanut
- Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter
- Smucker’s Organic Natural Peanut Butter
- Santa Cruz Organics Peanut Butter
- Trader Joe’s Organic Creamy Valencia Peanut Butter
- Whole Foods 365 Organic Unsweetened Peanut Butter
Sun Butters...Sunflower seed butter, a great alternative for those with tree nut allergies, can provide even more fiber, magnesium and vitamin E than traditional nut butters…and are also a wonderful source of protein, B vitamins, folic acid, copper, manganese, selenium, phosphorus, healthy fats, and fiber. A great “sun butter” to try is MaraNatha Sunflower Seed Butter.