Not too long ago, you had two nut butter choices to spread on your toast: creamy or crunchy peanut butter. Now peanut butter has competition, each with its own additional nutritional benefits. Add these tasty spreads to your arthritis diet.
Like peanut butter, other seed and nut spreads are high in protein and dietary fiber. Sunflower seed butter supplies magnesium, important for heart health as well as bone and cartilage strength. Almond butter also delivers magnesium plus bone-healthy calcium. Creamy, rich cashew butter provides good-for you unsaturated fats and copper, which helps build connective tissue. And toasty walnut butter has lots of heart-healthy omega-3 fat.
Whichever you choose, look for those that don’t contain added sweeteners or hydrogenated oil. Flavorings like chocolate, espresso or vanilla are tip-offs to extra sugar, and many reduced-fat versions also contain more sugar. Aim for no more than 1.5 grams of saturated fat and the 1 to 2 grams of sugar per tablespoon that occur naturally in nuts.
Spread the Love
Nut and seed butters aren’t just bread spreads. Whisk them into salad vinaigrettes or sauces for stir-fries, blend into smoothies and dips, spread on sliced apples or stir into a bowl of oatmeal.
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