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WHY so many nut butters!?

Answered on October 10, 2013
Created September 27, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Ok. I admit. I was a PB fiend pre-paleo. I ate Crazy Richards which ahs ZERO sodium, all natural, nothin but peanuts. Now that I've been consuming almond butter instead, I've been having difficulties finding the right brand and the right kind. I need somehting can pick up at a normal grocery store (where i am, we have Acme & Shop Rite) or a Trader Joe's. I've tried MaraNatha Raw almond butter. Not a HUGE fan, but i can make it work, and it seems the best thing for me since it is only almonds. Well I went to another store to replace it and all they had was MaraNatha No Stir Creamy, which has almonds, unrefined cane sugar, palm oil, and sea salt. Although I know that those things aren't THAT horrific (and it is really yummy), i cringe at the sight of added oils, sugars, and sodium. Can someone tell me how bad or not bad this is? Should I even finish this jar?

Also- TJ'd Sunflower seed butter.. bought it a while ago, still haven't opened it or looked at the label. Opinions on this?

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on October 09, 2013
at 10:33 PM

+1, but so noisy!

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on October 02, 2013
at 01:34 AM

This is what I do. It's kind of hard to spread, however. Usually the only thing I use nut butters for is spreading on celery

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on October 01, 2013
at 09:48 PM

Sugar, Salt: You worry about the wrong things. What should worry you is the high PUFA content of nut butters.

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on October 01, 2013
at 07:40 PM

thanks @samc!! i'll look into them.

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on October 01, 2013
at 07:39 PM

you're right. I think i'll keep both raw with nothing in it, and this one on hand, as the additives are things that i would actually use in other recipes if i was makign a treat. I really want to make my own but i have a mini food processor that i dont think could handle it.

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on September 28, 2013
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fixed the caps & 'cancelled-out' the down vote

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on September 27, 2013
at 10:40 PM

Someone probably took offense to the all caps instead of content.

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on September 27, 2013
at 10:31 PM

Why the down vote & no explanation?

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on September 27, 2013
at 07:44 PM

You use a food processor??? The ideal nut-butter can only come from a hand-cranked nut mill!

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on October 10, 2013
at 09:32 PM

@cms217 The Whole Foods (and Giant Eagle Market Districts, too, if you have those) here in Columbus, Ohio have grinders, and allows customers to grind their own (whole, raw, natural, unsalted) nuts into nut butters. I love it, and it's a great (fresh) alternative to the bottled junk.

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on October 01, 2013
at 09:48 PM

Sugar, Salt: You worry about the wrong things. What should worry you is the high PUFA content of nut butters.

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on September 27, 2013
at 09:53 PM

There are so amny nut butters because basically if you take any nut and grind it into a paste it will become a butter. As for the additives, I think they're trying to appeal to a wide range of palates and/or the lazy (cos let's face it, you can get a free arm workout just from stirring nut butter) but if you're worried about the additives, I don't see why unrefined cane sugar and palm oil are bad in miniscule quantities, but if you're in doubt, you can always make it yourself.

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on October 01, 2013
at 07:39 PM

you're right. I think i'll keep both raw with nothing in it, and this one on hand, as the additives are things that i would actually use in other recipes if i was makign a treat. I really want to make my own but i have a mini food processor that i dont think could handle it.

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on September 27, 2013
at 09:00 PM

No affiliation with this company but this is the best commercially available Almond butter I've found. I buy it by the case and enjoy the heck out of it. Zinke

Maise Janes is second runner up.

I can't make it at home for less money.

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on October 01, 2013
at 07:40 PM

thanks @samc!! i'll look into them.

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on September 27, 2013
at 08:09 PM

I used to be a huge pb fan too...the nothing but peanuts and salt kind. After giving that up I tried the almond butter brands that Trader Joe's and Whole Foods carried and thought that they were pretty much meh. Then I tried Whole Foods freshly ground almond butter and it was soooo much better. Unfortunately, it's pricey.

I can buy a 16oz (I think it's 16oz) bag of almonds for about $5 and make my own in my food processor. I used to roast them first, now I just toss them in the processor and it takes about 15 minutes or so. I really think that this is a better way to go since I know what is in my butter. You can use any type of nuts that you'd like. I hear that macadamia nut butter is heavenly but macadamias a also a bit expensive.

BTW, I think the MaraNatha is kind of thick. Maybe there wasn't enough oil in the jar I bought. Taking too big of a bite, once, I nearly suffocated myself. Just a warning.

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on September 27, 2013
at 07:52 PM

Look at the nutritional info for pure almonds, compared to (a slightly higher-calorie portion of) the Maranatha almond butter. The amount of sodium they're adding is ~65mg, which I consider literally negligible. The amount of sugar is higher, maybe as much as 2g. Based on the position of the palm oil (which is how they make it no-stir), the amount is somewhere between 2g and 65mg. It's up to you, but you can use this method to make informed decisions, rather than just relying on the presence of something on the label.

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on September 27, 2013
at 07:48 PM

Costco was out of MaraNatha Roasted Almond butter last week do I resorted to making my own. Tedious, but much less expensive. I also make my own sun butter as all the TJ's stuff has sugar.

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on September 27, 2013
at 07:04 PM

Fresh ground almond butter made yourself in your own food processor for fresh organic nuts are ideal

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on September 27, 2013
at 10:31 PM

Why the down vote & no explanation?

Bfd70bb38267fcc2d762063d691fa226

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on October 02, 2013
at 01:34 AM

This is what I do. It's kind of hard to spread, however. Usually the only thing I use nut butters for is spreading on celery

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on September 27, 2013
at 07:44 PM

You use a food processor??? The ideal nut-butter can only come from a hand-cranked nut mill!

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on October 09, 2013
at 10:33 PM

+1, but so noisy!

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