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Why Peanut Butter Is Bad For You

By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES

I don’t know about you, but I fell head-over-heels in love with peanut butter at a very young age.

There was nothing like a creamy peanut butter and jelly sandwich to satisfy your appetite.

But today, there are many people that don’t get this same luxury.

With the rise in different nut allergies – or the high sugar content – different types of nut butters are unlikely food choices when it comes to health and weight loss.

But, before you totally write off nut butters in general, there are some pretty surprising and healthy facts you should know before you ditch them altogether.

Health Benefits of Nut Butters

With many people looking to add a little more protein to their diets, there is a very simple solution, including nut butters.

Spreads like peanut butter, almond butter, and sun butter popping up all over, people can enjoy the extra protein – plus a whole lot more – with just a couple tablespoons of spread.

However, not all nut butters are created equal.

Some are loaded with refined sugars, which make them a tasty dessert while adding very little nutrition.

But, before you write them all off, here are three of the BEST nut butters for healthy fat loss and optimal nutrition.

1. Sun Butter

Sun butter – which is made by creaming sunflower seeds – is a great source of both protein and essential vitamins and minerals.

This type of nut butter delivers more fiber, magnesium, niacin, and vitamin E when compared to other types of butters.

Plus, it’s perfect for those people who have nut allergies or are sensitive to tree nuts.

2. Almond Butter

This low-sugar nut butter is the one that most people turn to for a healthier option!

Packed full of monounsaturated fats (heart healthy), it is also packed with protein and essential vitamins and minerals.

Plus, this type of butter usually contains only ONE ingredient –almonds – which means there is less oil, sugar, and additives that go into the butter!

This makes it one of the HEALTHIEST ones around.

3. Walnut Butter

You may (or may not) know that walnuts are great sources of both protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

Why not cream those walnuts into a spread that you can enjoy?

Well, thankfully they did!

Walnut butter not only contains a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids, but it also contains protein (although a little bit lower than other nut butters) which is great for better health.

Ditch Your Old Peanut Butter for One of These Three Choices

Although there are plenty of good things about peanut butter, some brands may be loaded with refined sugar, hydrogenated oils, and other additives that make them less healthy for you.

But, if you are free from nut allergies, then the three choices above may be for you. 

Almond butter, walnut butter, and sun butter (great for those with nut allergies) make great alternatives to regular peanut butter.

Plus, they are packed full of nutrition that is needed not only for better overall health, but for increasing your fat loss.

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