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I just found out peanut butter was bad :(

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Created June 01, 2012 at 3:21 AM

I'm a bit shattered by this as it really is one of my favourite things. Secondly, I assumed it was actually pretty good for you, since a peanut is a nut, with mono fats. So now that I'm more aware of the situation, what is a good substitute? I hate smooth peanut butter so something 'crunchy' would be good? I haven't really taken much notice of what else is out there, but whats the story with almond butter? Or Tahini? Most importantly, do they taste any good, and are they healthy?

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on June 29, 2012
at 07:43 AM

don't take fish oil... highly processed and the o3 is damaged.. go with GP or premier cod liver oil or do what i do and eat a lot of wild fish

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on June 29, 2012
at 07:42 AM

i don't think almond butter takes getting used to. i find it more delicious than peanut butter.

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on June 02, 2012
at 10:08 AM

@TeaElf +1 for a wacky sense of humour - high on ketones?

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on June 02, 2012
at 03:36 AM

Ok, thats not so bad, I do have 3000mg of Omega 3 in the form of fish oil every day, as I know my Om3 intake should be higher than it currently is, but I work on this stuff gradually. And as for caloric intake, it's not really a problem for me, although now Winter is here (Aust) I find that I'm eating more carbs and getting a but more squishy around my waist.

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on June 02, 2012
at 02:47 AM

you should try macadamia nut butter. Or pecan cashew butter. YUM.

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on June 01, 2012
at 07:04 PM

Pardon the nonsense. :D

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on June 01, 2012
at 07:04 PM

So if cow butter is made like peanut butter is made, then we have hamburger, which isn't ham... ;)

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on June 01, 2012
at 05:09 PM

The 1oz packs are great for traveling! And, good to have on you for those moments when you're out and about and not sure where to find a good paleo snack.

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on June 01, 2012
at 03:42 PM

sage- Almonds aren't "nuts" either, they're seeds.

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on June 01, 2012
at 02:51 PM

You haven't had a real "butter" addiction until you've had a cashew butter addiction. MMMMMmmmmmmm

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on June 01, 2012
at 02:44 PM

Love Sunbutter! Closest thing I've found to PB as well. YUM.

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on June 01, 2012
at 12:58 PM

Hate to report that none of those links really address the main issues with legumes re: a Paleo diet. Eat it if you want, but yeah, it is a bean... and carries with it the same issues that beans carry.

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on June 01, 2012
at 12:46 PM

cashews are not nuts either

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on June 01, 2012
at 12:24 PM

Sunbutter for sure. There's a 'crunchy' option too -- it's definitely the closest to PB that I've found.

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on June 01, 2012
at 12:13 PM

I like roasted pecan with a little bit of cinnamon. If you are ok with sweeteners you can add a bit of honey or maple syrup. I also really like macadamia butter.

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at 12:13 PM

Because organic peanuts are less likely to be treated with any kind of fungicide, organic peanut butter may contain greater amounts of aflatoxin than the conventionally grown stuff.

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on June 01, 2012
at 09:10 AM

The downside to too many nuts in your diet it too much Omega 6. Potentially too many calories, too, but that may not be an issue for you.

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on June 01, 2012
at 06:53 AM

I'm tempted to side solely with your case here, thanks, this gives me hope, I'll do my own research :)

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on June 01, 2012
at 06:23 AM

If you pretty much go to any wholefoods you can get a whole array of nut butters...just depends on the ones you like.

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at 05:00 AM

@Paleoish Dude, I felt kinda bad for Rob too. I remember feeling the same way since I was obsessed with PB sandwiches and PB/cottage cheese milkshakes. It's kinda like when you find out the person exchanging your tooth under your pillow for money isn't the Tooth Fairy, but your parents.

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on June 01, 2012
at 04:30 AM

Peanuts aren't nuts

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at 04:24 AM

I do eat quite a lot of nuts as is, as a snack when I'm on the road or at uni, easy and satisfying. I'm just wondering what the downside of too many nuts in a diet is? My regular nut mix contains cashews, wallnuts, almonds, macadamia and Brazil nuts, roasted and unsalted.

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on June 01, 2012
at 04:18 AM

When I read that this morning I was like peaNUTs aren't NUTS? :(

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on June 01, 2012
at 04:15 AM

I'm seriously shattered. Next someone will tell me Colombian single estate coffee will give me bowel cancer :P

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on June 01, 2012
at 04:01 AM

Awesome headline. I almost cried for you.

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at 03:58 AM

Good points. When you eat a high-quality, raw almond butter, you lose the sweetness, but the taste is far better than any peanut butter. You can taste the richness of a quality almond butter and for most who appreciate it, they don't consume sugar or sugar-containing products anyway, so the natural sweetness is heavenly. Like I said above, I can put away a whole jar no problem!

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on June 01, 2012
at 03:48 AM

Trader Joe's brand of almond butter is my absolute favorite!

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on June 01, 2012
at 05:50 AM

Good news: Major studies confirm that peanuts and peanut butter can lower cardiovascular disease and are high in antioxidants. So you don't have to stop eating your peanut butter!

"Health benefits of nuts: potential role of antioxidants" http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=996644

"Peanuts as a Source of ??-Sitosterol, a Sterol With Anticancer Properties" http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1207/S15327914NC3602_14

Bad news: Most commercial peanut butters are contaminated by aflatoxin. However, some studies suggest that chlorophyll can limit the absorption of this toxin - so eat your veggies or drink chlorophyll if you can't find an aflatoxin-free spread.

http://www.news-medical.net/news/20091230/Chlorophyll-and-chlorophyllin-effective-in-limiting-aflatoxin-absorption-in-humans.aspx

Personally, I really enjoy Carley's Organic nut and seed butters--though you will have to contact them directly to find out if their peanut butter has been tested for contamination. http://www.carleys.co.uk/pages/products.html

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on June 01, 2012
at 06:53 AM

I'm tempted to side solely with your case here, thanks, this gives me hope, I'll do my own research :)

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on June 01, 2012
at 12:58 PM

Hate to report that none of those links really address the main issues with legumes re: a Paleo diet. Eat it if you want, but yeah, it is a bean... and carries with it the same issues that beans carry.

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on June 01, 2012
at 12:13 PM

Because organic peanuts are less likely to be treated with any kind of fungicide, organic peanut butter may contain greater amounts of aflatoxin than the conventionally grown stuff.

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on June 01, 2012
at 03:26 AM

First of all, a peanut is a legume, not a nut.
I love raw almond butter. Sunflower seed butter is about as close of a substitution as you can get.

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on June 01, 2012
at 04:18 AM

When I read that this morning I was like peaNUTs aren't NUTS? :(

Cc49234f065a33c763ab09fa234d08eb

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on June 01, 2012
at 02:44 PM

Love Sunbutter! Closest thing I've found to PB as well. YUM.

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on June 01, 2012
at 12:24 PM

Sunbutter for sure. There's a 'crunchy' option too -- it's definitely the closest to PB that I've found.

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on June 01, 2012
at 06:23 AM

If you pretty much go to any wholefoods you can get a whole array of nut butters...just depends on the ones you like.

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on June 02, 2012
at 02:47 AM

you should try macadamia nut butter. Or pecan cashew butter. YUM.

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on June 01, 2012
at 10:12 AM

I wish I had the words to make this better for you. So many of us have been devastated by the same realization. Much like you will never forget your first love ( try as you may) you will never forget peanut butter. If you are like many of us you will still crave its crunchy salty goodness and whimper softly as you pass the selection at the grocery store. However, over time you will find new loves in the world of nut butters and while they will never be the same as peanut butter you will find they too can have a special place in your cupboard and heart.

Start slowly, making hasty decisions while you are in this type of emotional state is no good for anyone. Be wise in your choices and realize that you do not have to commit for life, enjoy your new freedom. Once you start to feel like you are on solid ground again, try making your own nut butters at home. If you have a food processor the possibilities are endless.

Be strong, this too shall pass.

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on June 01, 2012
at 12:51 PM

In an environment where we are prone to be flooded with n6, most nuts are essentially to be eaten sparingly - so be wary of advice recommending almonds and other true nuts as substitutes.

Exceptions are macadamia (low in PUFA), and walnuts (4.5:1 n6:n3 ratio).

Practical advice is to follow the paleo code - no legumes! .... and maybe be wary of all nuts and seeds. Get your fats from animals and fish, rather than vegetable sources, with a few exceptions, eg the above, and olives.

I love cow butter!

(With apologies for a slight tongue in cheek tone..)

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on June 01, 2012
at 07:04 PM

So if cow butter is made like peanut butter is made, then we have hamburger, which isn't ham... ;)

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on June 01, 2012
at 07:04 PM

Pardon the nonsense. :D

D07a525f9021f8d72bf6aaa52893c795

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on June 02, 2012
at 10:08 AM

@TeaElf +1 for a wacky sense of humour - high on ketones?

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on June 01, 2012
at 03:52 AM

I agree with the others that almond butter is a great substitute. It's not the exact same, but that's because most peanut butter is loaded with white sugar. So, aside from the whole legume / phytic acid problem, you'll be avoiding all of that sugar too. :-)

My family and I (especially my 2-year old daughter!) LOVE Trader Joe's brand of almond butter. It's crunchy and has flaxseeds in it, but as others have eluded to, it's not the same consistency as peanut butter. The oil separates in the container, so you have to spend a good 5 minutes mixing it up really well.

I've tried other almond butters and they're okay, but my other recommendation is found on http://www.amminnut.com/ They sell "naked" almond butter which is made from blanched almonds. This is a great thing because blanched almonds aren't as rough on the stomach and are actually tolerable for people with nut intolerances (I'm no doctor and I've never dealt with people who have nut ALLERGIES, so I can't speak towards that).

One last comment - name brand peanut butter is way cheaper than almond butter, but that's to be expected. Sugar is cheap. And you get what you pay for. Don't forget that!

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on June 01, 2012
at 03:58 AM

Good points. When you eat a high-quality, raw almond butter, you lose the sweetness, but the taste is far better than any peanut butter. You can taste the richness of a quality almond butter and for most who appreciate it, they don't consume sugar or sugar-containing products anyway, so the natural sweetness is heavenly. Like I said above, I can put away a whole jar no problem!

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on June 01, 2012
at 03:31 AM

Almond butter takes a little getting used to, but it's pretty damn tasty once you get used to it. Most natural almond butters are free of the binders found in peanut butter, so they have a tendency to separate, leaving you with a little oil on top (not a huge deal). Cashew butter is another popular one, but I've never tried it.

Almond butter (as with all nut butters) is really calorie-dense, which isn't bad in and of itself, but is worth considering. Nuts also have phytic acid, which is indigestible, but many people (myself included) enjoy nuts anyway.

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on June 01, 2012
at 04:24 AM

I do eat quite a lot of nuts as is, as a snack when I'm on the road or at uni, easy and satisfying. I'm just wondering what the downside of too many nuts in a diet is? My regular nut mix contains cashews, wallnuts, almonds, macadamia and Brazil nuts, roasted and unsalted.

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on June 01, 2012
at 09:10 AM

The downside to too many nuts in your diet it too much Omega 6. Potentially too many calories, too, but that may not be an issue for you.

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on June 01, 2012
at 03:42 PM

sage- Almonds aren't "nuts" either, they're seeds.

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on June 01, 2012
at 12:46 PM

cashews are not nuts either

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on June 02, 2012
at 03:36 AM

Ok, thats not so bad, I do have 3000mg of Omega 3 in the form of fish oil every day, as I know my Om3 intake should be higher than it currently is, but I work on this stuff gradually. And as for caloric intake, it's not really a problem for me, although now Winter is here (Aust) I find that I'm eating more carbs and getting a but more squishy around my waist.

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on June 29, 2012
at 07:43 AM

don't take fish oil... highly processed and the o3 is damaged.. go with GP or premier cod liver oil or do what i do and eat a lot of wild fish

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on June 29, 2012
at 07:42 AM

i don't think almond butter takes getting used to. i find it more delicious than peanut butter.

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on June 01, 2012
at 12:39 PM

I like Justin's Almond Butter (they have a maple one, too). The best thing about thy brand is you can buy it in one oz portable packs. 190 calories, just right for a snack if you need one. I travel a lot, and these have saved my bacon many times. If you have a great tasting, healthy snack on you, it's not so tempting to grab whatever crap they are selling at the local watering hole.

Also, you can buy multipacks on Amazon for a reasonable price.

Good luck! I love the almond butter, but can't seem to wean my daughter off the peanut butter. But I'm not pushing it. Take a look on Mark's Daily Apple. He did a blog on peanut butter a couple of weeks ago. If you're otherwise eating healthy, a good quality peanut butter may not be the worst thing in the world. Just don't make it the basis of your diet!

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on June 01, 2012
at 05:09 PM

The 1oz packs are great for traveling! And, good to have on you for those moments when you're out and about and not sure where to find a good paleo snack.

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on June 01, 2012
at 11:03 AM

I've been experimenting mixing different nut butters to try and adjust the taste, almond butter is too boring for me. anyone else have a blend they like? (I've got walnut, almond, hazelnut but can't seem to get the right proportion...I'm dreaming of a PB & J on paleo'ish bread....lol....)

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on June 01, 2012
at 12:13 PM

I like roasted pecan with a little bit of cinnamon. If you are ok with sweeteners you can add a bit of honey or maple syrup. I also really like macadamia butter.

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on June 01, 2012
at 03:46 AM

I love sunflower seed butter. Sunbutter is the only brand I have tried. It is smooth but I did find one with flax seeds in it that had good crunch - whole foods might have it. Also, trader Joe's has their own brand the next time I need a new bottle. Good luck on your search!

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on June 01, 2012
at 03:35 AM

Tahini is not crunchy at all.

You can sometimes find crunchy almond butter, but it's usually nowhere as crunchy as PB. If you make your own, it probably will be, depending on how long you let the food processor go. (I think both Whole Foods and Trader Joe's sell crunchy almond butter but I could be wrong. If you can find a WF that has the machine that lets you grind it fresh, it won't be crunchy, but it'll have a better texture than the super smooth.) Overall, probably not finding a substitution is a better idea. People tend to overdo it on nut butters. If you have a good handle on portion control with it, though, I'd say to keep some around.

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on June 01, 2012
at 03:48 AM

Trader Joe's brand of almond butter is my absolute favorite!

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on June 01, 2012
at 02:16 PM

Here is my take on peanut butter (from another thread)

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on June 01, 2012
at 01:44 PM

A good article on aflatoxins by Mark Sisson at Mark's Daily Apple... http://www.marksdailyapple.com/how-bad-is-peanut-butter-really/#axzz1wY69d6P3

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at 03:41 AM

I'd avoid the Tahini if you can find raw almond butter. Anymore, even the chain stores all carry at least one brand of almond butter. Check the labels though. The raw, organic stuff is rather expensive. I usually try to get the raw, traditional stuff from Trader Joe's or even a "grind it yourself" station that I've seen recently in some stores. Anything without added sugars or additives is good stuff. It's dangerous, I can eat a whole jar with a spoon!

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