Nut butters are a great source of fats (and not to mention, one of the tastiest.) But with so many different kinds on the market, it’s important that you know which ones to avoid.
Be sure to read the labels closely, and be on the lookout for some of the ingredients below so you know which ones to leave on the shelf!
Hydrogenated or Partially Hydrogenated Oil
Both these types of oils contain excessive saturated fats with zero health benefits, and can lead to weight gain and even heart problems. Partially hydrogenated oil also contains trans fat – aka the worst kind of fat. If you see these two types of oils in a product, put it back and grab something else!
Even though salt is not the enemy, we should still be cautious about how much we’re consuming. Excess sodium in processed foods can lead to high blood pressure and poor heart health – and can also increase cravings. If the product you’re purchasing has over 100mg of sodium per serving, search for a better option.
Added sugars found in nut butters include: sugar, brown sugar, molasses, cane juice, cane sugar, and dextrose – to name a few. These sugars train your taste buds to crave sugar from non-whole food sources (junk foods) instead of natural ones. Although a little added sugar once in a while may not be harmful, consuming it in a food you eat on a regular basis is not the best idea.
Take-home message: the fewer ingredients your nut butter has, the better it is for you…be sure to check your ingredient labels before you make your purchase!
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