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The days of when peanut butter was the only choice for liquefied legumes are nothing but a distant memory in today’s health food paradise. Although peanut butter remains a popular choice, you can now choose from a variety of options that include almond, cashew and even hazelnut butter.
Of course, not all nut butters are created equal. It’s important to go with a brand that you trust and even then, make sure to read the ingredients label thoroughly before deciding to purchase it.
Some companies use palm oil as a means to extend the shelf life of their products, but this can spell trouble for the health-conscious consumer.
Palm oil is a heavily processed and chemically-derived plant oil that bears similarities with canola oil in terms of prodution.
Unlike its carotenoid-rich sibling, red palm fruit oil or the lauric acid-containing palm kernel oil, commerical palm oil has little to no nutritional value due to the amount of processing it undergoes.
Aside from this, there is some anectdotal evidence of palm oil contributing to a strange taste in certain food products.
- Nut butters are an excellent source of dietary fat, and often come in a balanced ratio between monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat
- They’re also a great source of protein
- While they can be heavy in calories, they are just as dense in terms of nutrients
- Micronutrients like zinc, magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, along with with several B vitamins are very common across nut varieties.
Our nut butter brands are all palm oil free, made with natural ingredients, and Non GMO.