Nut butters have become an extremely popular food product in the in recent years and for great reason! Whether they be spread on toast, thrown in a smoothie, or incorporated into your favorite savory sauce, they are extremely versatile and packed with a powerhouse of nutrients. Nut butters are a great source of healthy fats, which are important for regulating your energy, mood and even your weight. We have a special admiration for each nut and believe that they all have a special place in our diets. Each nut delivers its own health benefits and we wanted to help paint that picture for all of you below.
A key health benefit of almonds is that they are good for the heart. They are rich in monounsaturated fats, which are the type of fats that reduce levels of cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart disease. Almonds are rich in vitamin E, calcium, magnesium and potassium. They are a great source of protein, fibers and healthy fats, while having low amounts of sugar. They also help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Almonds can even help control levels of blood sugar in your body by reducing the sudden increase in blood sugar and insulin which usually happens after you eat a carbohydrate-packed meal. This makes it an ideal part of the meal if you are suffering from diabetes, etc.
Cashew nuts are actually seeds that adhere to the bottom of the cashew apple, the fruit of the cashew tree, which is native to the coastal areas of northeastern Brazil and tropical regions. Cashews contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, similar to those found in olive oil. Studies of diabetic patients show that monounsaturated fat, when added to a low-fat diet, can help to reduce high triglyceride levels. Cashews also contain 20% of your the daily recommended for magnesium. What does this mean for the body? Studies show that magnesium helps diminish the frequency of migraines, improve cognitive ability, and also lowers blood pressure, which can prevent heart attacks.
Another ingredient in cashews is proanthocyanidins, which contain flavanols that inhibit the ability of cancer cells to divide and multiply, reducing incidences of colon cancer. And surprisingly, cashews contain zero cholesterol.
For a recipe on our website using our Creamy Cashew Butter, try out these Cashew Butter Pesto Noodles.
The power of the peanut is a mighty one! Rich in energy and containing health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins, peanuts have proven to contribute to a healthy lifestyle in many ways!
Peanuts are a great source of dietary protein, and are made of up fatty acids which are vital for human growth and development. They are an excellent source of resveratrol – an antioxidant which has been found to have protective function against cancers, heart disease, degenerative nerve disease, Alzheimer's disease, and viral/fungal infections. Peanuts are rich with good-for-you minerals such as copper, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium. The mono-unsaturated fatty acids found in peanuts help lower LDL or "bad cholesterol" and increase HDL or "good cholesterol” level in the blood. Peanut butter is an easy and delicious way to take advantage of all of the health benefits peanuts have to offer.
For a great savory recipe using our Peanut Butter, check out this Peanut Butter and Sesame Noodle Salad on our website.
Visit the National Peanut Board Website for more information.
Pecans are rich in fiber and a wonderful anti-inflammatory. They are also a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals such as manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper and selenium, offering some wonderful health benefits. Pecan nuts contain monounsaturated fats such as oleic acid along with phenolic antioxidants which help reduce the risk of heart disease.
Just one ounce of pecans provides 10 percent of the daily recommended intake of fiber. Pecans are also rich in age defying antioxidants. In fact, research from the USDA shows that pecans are the most antioxidant-rich tree nut and rank among the top 15 foods with the highest levels of antioxidants.
For a recipe on our website that uses Pecan Butter, try out this Paleo Pecan Butter Pad Thai!
Visit the Georgia Pecan Website for more information.
Hazelnuts are a great source of nutrients including vitamin E. They have also been known to reduce some of the heart disease risk factors.
For a recipe on our website that uses Hazelnut Butter, try out this Hazelnut Butter Balsamic Salad Dressing.