Peanuts have long been an important ingredient in the diets of people around the world for everything from peanut infused dishes to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Peanut butter itself was developed by J.H. Kellogg at the turn of the twentieth century and packaged to sell commercially in 1922. Since then the production and consumption of peanut butter has only increased.
Today, new versions of the nut butter have been created to provide improved sources of nutrition and to present people suffering from a peanut allergy with alternatives to satisfy their cravings.
Almond butter is the second most popular nut butter found at the grocery store great for dipping pretzels and adding to hot breakfast cereal. Sun butter is also a great option if nuts cannot be tolerated. The world of nut and seed butters is growing, so experiment with different butters to find the one that works best for you and your family. Like more than one, even better!
Alternative Nut/Seed Butters
- Almond butter is known for its calcium, magnesium, potassium, protein, vitamin E and arginin1 content. It makes a great alternative to peanut butter, as well as a base for soups, sauces, and dips.
- Macadamia Nut butter is sweet with and oily texture. Add this butter as a dressing to salads, stews, rice dishes, and desserts. It is high in thiamin, protein, flavenoids2 and omega 33.
- Cashew butter is high in calcium, iron, protein, magnesium, the “B” vitamins and zinc. It is most popular for its use in Indian dishes and curries as well as a main ingredient in soup, sauce, and dip.
- Pumpkin seed butter is known for its iron, zinc, potassium and protein content and can be used as a base for soups, sauces, and dips.
- Hazelnut butter is high in selenium, zinc, potassium, iron and protein. It adds sweet and rich flavor to savory dishes, including breads, cookies, cakes, pilafs, salads, stuffing, and vegetable and grain dishes.
- Walnut butter is known for its omega-33 content, as well as Linoleic Acid, Magnesium, Folate, Calcium, Folic Acid, and vitamin B6. It is easily spreadable and extremely versatile. Add this butter to desserts, salads, and side dishes for a perfect combination of taste and nutrition.
1. arginin –may play an important role in preventing heart disease
2. flavenoids — may help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease
3. omega 3 — thought to reduce the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure