There are many ways to use nut butter but the most famous use of them is spreading them on a toast. These butter also make a perfect ingredient for salad toppings, dips, and even improve the taste of main course recipes. But considering they may or may not be organic; Is this butter healthy?
The growing demand and popularity of the nut butter explain why there are so many types of butter available. A few years ago, peanut butter was the only nutty spread that was available. But now, almost all nuts are available as a sandwich spread and butter that includes, almond butter, walnut butter, macadamias butter, etc.
On the question of the nutrient count, these nutty butter are definitely healthier than the high calorie and sugary spreads. They are loaded with healthy fats as well as protein. But some of these may contain sugar and some saturated fats too since not all nut butter companies make 100% organic options.
Those who use nuts or these nut made butter daily are at a reduced risk of heart attack and other heart diseases. The risk of diabetes type 2 is also low among them. It is because nuts are generally good for heart health. The polyunsaturated fatty acids inside the nuts reduce the triglycerides which are basically fats.
Nut and products made with nuts i.e. butter have an enormous amount of fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals, explaining why they have so many health benefits to offer.
Not to forget, these but butter may contain salt and sugar which is why not all companies produce diet-friendly and healthy nut spreads. Before the gradual shift to healthy eating, the spreads used to have trans fat inside them. These trans fat are extremely unhealthy as they increase the bad cholesterol (LDL) and reduce good cholesterol (HDL) in the body. However, the FDA banned all food companies to add artificial trans fats in these spreads back in 2018. So most of the spreads and butter available now are free from trans fat.
So many companies are now using saturated fats inside these products. The American Heart Association suggests high cholesterol patients change their fat source from unsaturated to saturated fat. It also advises fat to comprise of 5%-6% of the daily calorie intake of a person.
Judith Wylie-Rosett from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York highlights a changing trend of using saturated fats and avoiding using trans-fat among people.
But he warns everyone to check the product labels before buying anything. Sometimes the companies may add coconut oil in a product which technically as no trans-fat but more or less gives the same texture to food as that of hydrogenated oil. Thus it is possible to enjoy a trans-fat like structure without actually using one.
Yet the health experts suggest labeling the foods for the amount of sodium, sugar, and saturated fat in them. Nut butter may be a high-calorie food but its serving size is relatively smaller. Because of the rich taste, it is not used as much as other spreads.
People who are watching their diet should pay attention to the quantity of the nut spreads that they are using. Although it is easy to incorporate butter made from nuts while dieting but their calorie count is higher which has to be controlled by portion control measures.