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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Are Peanuts and Peanut Butter really bad for you?

After many years (and wasted jars $) of being told by so many I should switch to ALMOND BUTTER over PEANUT BUTTER, I finally made the switch. I just could not get into Almond Butter for some reason. About a month ago my, soooo, sooo smart friend S gave me the idea to add a little honey or agave nectar to the almond butter which makes it a little more paletable and VOILA!!! IT WORKED!
I went to Trader Joe's and bought the All Natural Almond Butter with Sea Salt put it on a slice of whole wheat bread and yummy. :)

Jorge Cruise, diet and fitness expert, writes:

It’s America’s most iconic, creamiest, dreamiest snack around. But beware: not all peanut butter is good for you. Most of what you’ll find at your grocery store is loaded with sugar, sodium and hydrogenated oils. Swap regular processed peanut butter for the natural variety with the oil floating on top. It’s a good move because the natural variety doesn’t contain artery-clogging trans fats that the processed types do. Even better, spread on the almond butter instead! Most nuts are good for you, but study after study shows that almonds are rich in omega oils and may help fight heart disease and cancer. And since research shows that peanuts are not as nutritious as once thought, you’ll be doing your body a favor by making a healthier swap. Peanuts are said to be carcinogenic (cancer causing) and contaminated with pesticides. Fungus can also be found growing in the shells, and they have fewer essential omega oils than almonds.

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