I just started the Paleo diet today. My question is, what brand of almond butter is best? I currently use Maranatha but noticed on the ingredient list it contains "cane sugar" and I know sugar is a no-no. Do all almond butters contain sugar?
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I buy mine at Trader Joes and it contains one ingredient - Almonds.
at some larger Whole Foods locations they have grinders with raw or dry roasted almonds where you can grind your own almond butter. It's coarsely ground but I like it.
Make your own. You can find recipes for it on marksdailyapple.com
This stuff tastes THE best: http://justinsnutbutter.com/
I've found that TJs nut butters are often rancid.
I worked at maranatha inc. making peanut and other types of nut butters and we made them for trader joes. We just stuck the trader joes labels on the jars.
I also think Trader Joe's raw almond butter is better than others. But if you can find sprouted almond butter, that would be the best choice.
Sprouted nut butter would be best to consume. A good website is: http://www.bluemountainorganics.com/store/index.htm
This website sells sprouted raw nut butters, but is pretty expensive. I have not ordered from the website myself, but I definitely will. Have a great day!
The Marantha brand also makes a RAW version. You got the roasted one with additives. It also has Palm fruit oil and evaporated cane juice right? Get the raw version next time. It's organic.
Nuts should be the last food group you eat from. They're high in PUFA as stated, and anti-nutrients, just like the ones found in wheat and legumes.
Unless you can find macadamia nuts at a good price. They are perfect in every way. Still, do not make them a regular part of your way of eating.
Here in Barcelona (Spain) you can buy quality imported nut butters at organic market stores from the Monki brand. They are organic and really pure, just the nut thing.
As some have pointed, almond butter is pretty high in omega-6. I'd go better with hazelnut. But I'd even better go for cashew butter. And if you could find it and afford it, Macadamia nut would be definitive winner. At least for the low-omega 6 and low carbs. It would be also lower in protein content. It all depends on what are you looking after, I guess.
if you aren't worried about carb content, then you could also have a look at chestnut butter/cream.
I ate Maranatha from Costco for a long time, usually with something else. When I started having some on its own, I noticed it had a really pretty awful taste. Sort of like a paint thinner smell and taste. Turned out I had been eating rancid almond butter for a long time. I kept replacing it at Costco, and each time I had a new one it was bad, too.
Got a Blendtec to make my own, and it fails. You have to add oil for it to work, and it heats it up really hot. Got the Blendtec special jar for $120 that does thicker things, and it still doesn't work well. Still gets it hot and the machine starts to make a smoking smell. It shut down once from overheating. Very frustrated with that product.
Was getting tired of peanut butter and came across this page. May try some of these suggestions.
By the way, I try to find raw almond butter. Look up roasted almonds and acrylamides.
Redmond's Peanut Free almond butter is the best I have tried. Almond only facility and they make it in Ohio and are growing. You can also buy it online. Very fresh and tastes great. peanutfreefoods.com
Naturalmond is the freshest, comes in a glass jar (no plastic chemicals to worry about) and uses the best quality almonds. And of course, tastes the best, hands down!!! They are a small local (local to me in Atlanta) company but are growing quickly. They are about to sell almond flour too. Here is their web site http://www.naturalmond.com/purchase.html
Tried almost all of the ones described in the above various posts..
Once I got this one - http://www.quailoaksranch.com/ - Just stayed with it. It is one of the very best.
the grocery store I usually shop at (in part) has a machine that turns almonds into almond butter before your eyes and the only ingredient is almonds. It is awesome but broken a lot which sucks. I used to have this kitchen thing I ordered online that I think was called the Magic Bullet (?) and you could make your own nut butters with it (I used to make my own peanut butter and almond butter-pre-paleo) so if you can buy something like that to add to your kitchen I would say the best way would be making your own at home. Then you could add some honey or whatever you want to it. Yum. I need to get another magic bullet...