Nut Butter Buying Guide

Eaten in moderation, these nutritious butters can be good for your bones, heart and overall health.

Nut Butter Buying Guide

Peanut butter has been a pantry staple for decades, but today you can find nut butters made from all your favorite shelled snacks. Eaten in moderation, these nutritious butters can be good for your bones, heart and overall health. Learn which nut butters you should buy and how to maximize their nutritional benefits.

General Rules

It doesn’t matter which nut butter you’re stocking up on, make sure you follow these three rules: \r\n
1. Don’t eat more that 2 tablespoons of nut butter a day. \r\n
2. Avoid added salt and sugar. Ideally, the only ingredient listed will be the nut. \r\n
3. Avoid the “reduced-fat” label. You want the fat! When the fat is removed, it’s replaced with a host of unhealthy additives.

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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