Peanut Butter Alternatives For Weight Loss

It’s easy to go to the grocery store and get overwhelmed by all the options, and then end up picking what you always do. One thing to consider next time you’re at the grocery store is changing from peanut butter to almond butter or cashew butter. This could help you lose weight.

Almond Butter and Cashew Butter

Peanut butter has both healthy and unhealthy fats in it. If you’re eating peanut butter every day, almond butter could be a better option to help you lose weight. Of the three, almond butter has the highest amount of healthy fats and the lowest amount of unhealthy fats. Lowering your unhealthy fat intake can help you lose weight. Cashew butter falls in the middle of the two for weight loss.

Should You Switch from Peanut Butter?

Peanut butter does have the highest amount of unhealthy fats of the three. However, peanut butter also usually has more protein than the other two. If you need more protein in your diet than peanut butter is your best option. For everyone else, almond butter is usually the best option.

Peanut Butter versus Regular Butter

All three nut butters are relatively healthy versus regular butter. So if you eat a lot of toast and butter, then it’s healthier to switch to toast with any of the three nut butters. The other thing to watch out for is added sugar. You don’t really need sugar in your peanut butter or any type of butter, so that’s something to check the label for.

Should You Eat Any Type of Butter?

You might wonder if you should just take peanut butter out of your diet altogether instead of switching to almond butter. You shouldn’t because studies have shown that people who don’t get at least a minimal amount of unhealthy fat in their diet could be at an increased risk of stroke. The reason for this is not completely clear yet. Like many things in life, the best option here is moderation as science shows there is such a thing as too much unhealthy fat as well as too little unhealthy fat in your diet.

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