Our nut butters are high in protein, nutrients, and unsaturated fats, low in saturated fats, low in net carbs, and, of course, no cholesterol, trans fatty acids, gluten or dairy. The nutrients, which are important for a healthy life, include soluble fiber, multiple antioxidants such as vitamin E, copper, potassium, B vitamins, and many more.
For those of us watching our weight, our nut butters may be able to help achieve and sustain weight loss goals. By creating a longer lasting sense of "fullness", we consume fewer calories by reducing high calorie snack cravings.

We will have more information on special diets not linked above, ie.rotation diets soon. If interested, an informative site for fibromyalgia can be accessed at www.myfannews.com and about peanut butter allergies and a possible cure at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/5329572.stm


Proteins
In general, all seeds and nuts are good sources of protein and can provide an excellent protein alternative for those looking to decrease/eliminate their intake of meat.

 

Fatty Acids and Cholesterol and Heart Disease
Nut butters can be an important "tool" in the fight against heart disease.
Not all fats are created equal. Saturated fats (the "bad fat") are the primary component of fats found in animal products and can significantly raise the blood cholesterol level. Polyunsaturated and /or monounsaturated fats (the "good fat"), when taken in moderate amounts, can help reduce the level of cholesterol.
Nut and seed butters generally have the unsaturated types and therefore can help reduce cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease.

Foods high in the "good fats", such as nut and seed butters, may significantly help the heart by lowering blood levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and raising levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. High levels of LDL are associated with an increased risk for heart disease. High levels of HDL lower cholesterol and help protect the heart and lead to longer, healthier lives.

In addition, a study done at Rush University in Chicago, has shown that those who consumed the largest amounts of saturated and hydrogenated fats were twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease as those who ate the least amounts of these fats. Those who consumed the most unsaturated fats were 80% less likely to develop the disease as those who ate the least amount of these fats.
For additional details on the vitamins and minerals found in our nut butters, please see the information that follows our nutritional studies.

Vitamins and Minerals in our Nut Butters

Magnesium is a mineral found in all our products. Almonds, brazilnuts, and cashews being the highest. Magnesium helps our cells power up, our heart beat steadily and our bones to remodel themselves. Roughly 350 enymatic activities depend on it. It's commonly known as calcium's partner. Its needed to use Vitamin D in it's most useful form - calcium absorption/bone building. Magnesium also helps our cells take in potassium, a mineral that helps our energy production. Lack of magnesium fosters fatigue, making physical activity difficult to sustain.

Another activity magnesium helps with is avoiding arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). Research indicates that blood pressure may rise when magnesium is low. Low levels may also lead to unhealthy conditions within blood vessels, which can cause artery clogging seen in heart disease.

The many benefits of adequate magnesium in the diet are: improved insulin sensitivity, protection against eclampsia, against increased risk of various birth defects and convulsions linked to pregnancy-induced high blood pressure. Some conditions that may be improved by this mineral include asthma, hearing loss, migraine and premenstrual syndrome. The Nutrition Report in Energy Times states standard blood testing can't ascertain the amount of useful magnesium in your body. It requires a test called intracellular free concentration of magnesium (done by nutritionally aware physicians). If you take calcium, be sure to take it in a 2-to-1 ratio with magnesium.

Nutritional Studies
We are always excited about the overwhelming goodness of our products. It seems every day another positive claim pops up from reputable medical studies, nutritionists' findings and doctors' reports about the benefits of eating nuts. The following are just some of the articles we've come across that reinforce that goodness.

From the Chicago Tribune Sept. 10, 2006

Some brain food about fatty acids
One of the biggest reasons our fatty acids are out of whack is the proliferation of fast food. What are "fatty acids" and why should you care?? They are part of cell memebranes and play a role in brain and retina development, balanced mood, immunity, regulation of pain and inflamation, proper circulation, kidney function, nerve transmission, and skin, nail, and hair health.

Omega-3s (the "good" fatty acids") are a family of polyunsaturated fatty acids that originate in plant leaves.The best food sources of omega-3s are oily fish (salmon, sardines, herring and tuna), ground flaxseeds, dark green leafy vegetables, and WALNUTS.

Our Futters Nut Butters products include both All Natural and Certified Organic Walnut Butter. In addition, we sell Walnuts by the bag. This is a great tasting way to make these important Omega-3 fatty acids a part of your diet.

From the Chicago Tribune July 23, 2003

Veggie diet found equal to statins
A strict vegetarian diet can reduce high cholesterol levels about as effectively as cholesterol fighting drugs called statins, Canadian researchers said Tuesday.
The diet including vegetables, fruits, almonds, vegetable oils, oats, barley and psyllium, was credited with reducing "bad" cholesterol levels 29 percent over four weeks in a group of 16 subjects.
Another group of study participants who took a daily dose of 20 milligrams of the drug lovastatin lowered their cholesterol levels a comparable 31 percent over four weeks.
The findings suggested that patients with high cholesterol try a dietary approach for 6 to 12 weeks before turning to cholesterol-lowering drugs, Dr. James Anderson of the University of Kentucky in Lexington wrote in an editorial accompanying the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Journal of the American Medical Association.
The results are based on an analysis of 83,818 women who took part in the Nurse's Health Study

Nuts lower diabetes risk, not fattening
Thursday, 28 November  2002
Nuts can dramatically reduce your risks of developing type 2 diabetes
 
Eating nuts substantially lowers the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and does not lead to weight gain, a large-scale American study of women has found - a result that is likely to also apply to men.
Eating five servings of 30 grams a week reduces a woman's risk of developing type 2 diabetes by almost a third, the research by Dr Rui Jiang from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston has found. The research appears in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association.
The results are based on an analysis of 83,818 women who took part in the Nurse's Health Study, one of the largest investigations into risk factors for major chronic diseases in women. Participants were a sub-group of the original 121,700 who had no history of diabetes, cardiovascular disease or cancer. They were tracked for 16 years.
"We were not really surprised by our findings," said Jiang. "Nuts contain lots of fat, but most fats in nuts are mono and polyunsaturated fats, which are good for insulin sensitivity and serum cholesterol. Nuts are also rich in antioxidant vitamins, minerals, plant protein and dietary fibre."

The researchers define a serving of nuts as 1 ounce, or 28 grams. Eating five servings a week reduces the risk by 27 per cent. Even eating a serving of nuts less than once a week reduces the relative risk by eight per cent, they said. Consuming between one and four serves a week results in a reduction of 16 per cent.

 

 

Nutty But Nice
According to recent research, eating nuts five or more times a week can lower your risk of developing diabetes by nearly 30 percent. Eating peanuts (a legume, not a nut) or peanut butter can lower risk by 20 percent. For years we worried about high-fat, high-calorie nuts and peanuts. But this research shows that their fat may be the good fats (mono- and polyunsaturated) that help prevent diabetes.

TopHealth, Dr. Zorba Paster

Macadamia Nut Health Facts
* Macadamia nuts are high in monounsaturated fatty acid ("good" fat), which can help reduce overall cholesterol levels. Eighty percent of fat in macadamia oil is monounsaturated - six percentage points higher than olive oil, which checks in at 74 percent.Macadamias contain flavenoids (a phytochemical) and tocopherols (vitamin E), which are potent antioxidants and can help protect against cancer and heart disease.
The macadamia nut is one of the few foods that contain palmitoleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid. In a recent study, indicators suggest the palmitoleic acid may actually aid in fat metabolism, possibly reducing stored body fat.

Vitamins and Minerals
Some of the minerals, found in nut and seed butters, include calcium (important in the development of bones and teeth and also used in muscular activity and regulation of the heartbeat), copper (important in blood formation and cell respiration), iron ( essential to the oxygen carrying component of the red blood cell and needed by certain enzymes for energy production and protein metabolism), zinc (important for immune system support insulin activity, male prostate health, and enzymatic systems), potassium ( important to cellular function and the conduction of nerve impulses), phosphorus ( helps form bones and teeth and is critical to the movement of energy in the body), and magnesium and manganese (both involved in many enzymatic reactions)
Some of the vitamins, commonly found in nut and seed butters, are thiamin/B1 (important role in the cellular production of energy and the health of the nervous system), riboflavin/B2 (works with enzymes in energy production and helps the cell utilize oxygen efficiently), niacin/B3 (works with enzymes to break down and utilize proteins, fats and carbohydrates, helps stimulate blood circulation, and is important to the health of the nervous system, skin and digestive tract), pantothenic acid/B5 (an anti-stress vitamin that supports the adrenal glands and helps in the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats), pyridoxine/B6 (important in the creation and break down of proteins), folic acid (fundamental role in the growth and reproduction of the cells), vitamin A (important functions relating to eyesight, growth, tissue healing and healthy skin), and vitamin E (helps prevent the breakdown of unsaturated fatty acids and other nutrients due to the oxidation caused by free radicals).

Some vitamins and minerals are specific to some of our products. These include:
---Selenium, an important antioxidant in the fight against heart disease ands certain types of cancer. Brazil Nut Butter is particularly known for its relatively high content of selenium.
---Arginine, may play an important role in preventing heart disease
---Linoleic Acid, important to the regulation and functioning of organs and cells. Also, may help to balance and heal the immune system and reduce inflammatory reactions.
--- Folate, lowers blood levels of homocysteine, a compound linked to heart disease risk
--- Flavenoids, may help to reduce the risk of some types of cancers and heart disease
--- Omega 3, thought to reduce the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. Our walnut butters have the highest amount of this nutrient.

Here is some specific information about nutrients found in our nut and seed butters :

Brazil Nut Butter
--- Selenium
--- Calcium
--- Magnesium
--- Thiamin

Pistachio Nut Butter:
--- Calcium
--- Thiamin
--- Phosphorus
--- Iron
--- Potassium
--- Folic Acid
--- Vitamins A, E, and B6

Hazelnut Butter
--- Protein
--- Calcium
--- Folic Acid
--- Folate
--- Arginine
--- Vitamins B2 and E

 

Almond Butter
--- Calcium
--- Fiber
--- Folic Acid
--- Phosphorus
--- Potassium
--- Protein
--- Magnesium
--- Riboflavin
--- Vitamins E and B2
--- Arginine
--- Linoleic Acid

Cashew Butter
--- Calcium
--- Phosphorus
--- Iron
--- Magnesium
--- Protein
--- Pantothenic Acid
--- Vitamins B1 and B2
--- Zinc

Macadamia Nut Butter
---Thiamin
--- Protein
--- Phosphorus
--- Flavenoids
--- Riboflavin
--- Niacin
--- Iron
--- Vitamins A and E
--- Omega 3


Pumpkin Seed Butter
--- Iron
--- Zinc
--- Copper
--- Magnesium
--- Potassium
--- Protein
--- Calcium
--- Phosphorous

Sunflower Seed Butter 
--- Magnesium
--- Selenium
--- Folate
--- Zinc
--- Potassium
--- Phosphorus
--- Iron
--- Protein
--- Fiber
--- Vitamins B1 and E
--- Linoleic Acid

Almond Hazelnut Butter 
--- Calcium
---Protein
--- Folic Acid
--- Arginine
--- Folate
--- Potassium
--- Fiber
--- Vitamins B2 and E

Walnut Butter
---Omega-3 ---Linoleic Acid--- Magnesium--- Folate ---Calcium ---Folic Acid ---Vit. B6
Pecan Butter
--Vitamin A, E, several B, Folic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc.
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