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SUNBUTTER: What's not so great about it?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 08, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Yup. I go through 2 jars a week. I just eat it out of the jar with a spoon. Prob not the best or good for my omega 6 omega 3 ratio but I LOVE IT. Anyone else?

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on August 18, 2012
at 06:10 AM

^ I wonder does your mineral absorbtion really matter if your eat your nuts seperately from meals? I mean you can soak, and I often do, but I do wonder if it actually matters so long as you eat your mineral rich vegetables outside of a 3-4 hour window of having eaten nuts...

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on June 09, 2011
at 12:50 PM

It probably has very high phytate levels which will inhibit your mineral/vitamin absorption. Strangely this is something WAPF people are very concerned about but paleo people don't seem to care at all, they just focus on the o6/o3 ratio.

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on June 09, 2011
at 12:24 AM

The only one I have found with no sugar is labeled "organic". Costs a buck more than the others. I only find it at Whole Foods, never at TJ's.

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on June 08, 2011
at 11:49 PM

Reducing 06 and balancing 03/06 is one of the primary health reasons for going paleo/primal. If you are against using corn and soy oils because of high 06 and oxidized PUFA, eating sunbutter (especially roasted and w/ sugar added as it is usually sold) makes no sense. I wouldn't recommend eating 2 jars of any nut butter, but almonds, macadamias, and coconut are much better options. You can even soak nuts to reduce phytates and make nut butter at home with a food processor

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on June 08, 2011
at 11:49 PM

Reducing 06 and balancing 03 is one of the primary health reasons for going paleo/primal. If you area against using corn and soy oils because of high 06 and oxidized PUFA, eating sunbutter (especially roasted and w/ sugar added as it is usually sold) makes no sense. I wouldn't recommend eating 2 jars of any nut butter, but almonds, macadamias, and coconut are much better options. You can even soak nuts to reduce phytates and make nut butter at home with a food processor.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on June 08, 2011
at 11:34 PM

Coconut butter is a good alternative as well...

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on June 08, 2011
at 11:13 PM

It is made from seeds opposed to legumes so no it is not as bad as peanut butter. Minimal cane sugar is added, incredibly low sugar content. Whole 9 approves sunbutter and they are overly anal about everything, they are even against bacon.

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50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on June 08, 2011
at 10:51 PM

You answered your own question. O6/O3 ratio. If you love it, enjoy it.. just know what you're workin with.

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on August 18, 2012
at 01:43 AM

I say if it helps your compliance with a healthy diet, go with it! I love Sunbutter too and eat it on sprouted quinoa pancakes (I'm allergic to eggs and love breakfast food) and mixed with honey. Elana's Pantry has a great recipe for vegan "peanut butter" cookies that I make with sunbutter and lard. It's a great treat when you're craving something sweet.

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on June 09, 2011
at 12:13 AM

If you have ever actually eaten sunflower seeds one by one, or after roasting or dehydrating, you know that you get very little actual food for the effort you put in. So even if our ancestors were eating sunflower seeds, they were probably not gobbing down spoonfuls of it in sunflower butter form. Same thing goes for other seeds/nuts. May technically be paleo, but in reality, anything more than in moderation is probably suboptimal

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on June 08, 2011
at 11:40 PM

Vegetable sources of Omega 3 is not in the form of EPA and DHA (the animal form) and we need to do that conversion to get the real benefit from Omega 3. Many people do not do a good job of converting. Also the Omega 6 comment is valid.

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Df37dee1b45f564770863d8a74016cbe

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on June 08, 2011
at 11:18 PM

Gotta check your label and make sure it's sunbutter WO sugar. We're returning a jar we purchased at Trader Joe's. Apparently they only carry sweetened sunbutter and we didn't check the label.

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on June 09, 2011
at 12:24 AM

The only one I have found with no sugar is labeled "organic". Costs a buck more than the others. I only find it at Whole Foods, never at TJ's.

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on August 17, 2012
at 04:35 PM

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on June 08, 2011
at 11:55 PM

is raw sunbutter any better?

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559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on June 08, 2011
at 11:15 PM

Just thinking about that makes my joints hurt. If you can do it, godspeed. I definitely cannot.

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on June 08, 2011
at 11:12 PM

Anything more than the occasional consumption of nut or seed butters will throw your omega 6 ratio way off, and your total PUFA above 4% daily. if you really need something like peanut butter, try to source some macadamia nut butter or make your own with a food processor.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on June 08, 2011
at 11:34 PM

Coconut butter is a good alternative as well...

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on June 08, 2011
at 11:07 PM

Not to highjack your question with another question, but are sunflower seeds any better than peanuts? Also, I cant seem to find an ingredients list on their websirt, nutrition facts are there. I would be concerned about what else might go in there, but I'm sure you have checked that out.

While maybe not ideal, apparently it isnt causing you noticable harm and there is certainly a ton of worse stuff out there these days.

166f449979d83186bd876e8f466d0a69

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on June 09, 2011
at 12:50 PM

It probably has very high phytate levels which will inhibit your mineral/vitamin absorption. Strangely this is something WAPF people are very concerned about but paleo people don't seem to care at all, they just focus on the o6/o3 ratio.

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

(418)

on June 08, 2011
at 11:13 PM

It is made from seeds opposed to legumes so no it is not as bad as peanut butter. Minimal cane sugar is added, incredibly low sugar content. Whole 9 approves sunbutter and they are overly anal about everything, they are even against bacon.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on August 18, 2012
at 06:10 AM

^ I wonder does your mineral absorbtion really matter if your eat your nuts seperately from meals? I mean you can soak, and I often do, but I do wonder if it actually matters so long as you eat your mineral rich vegetables outside of a 3-4 hour window of having eaten nuts...

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