Nut butter

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Nut butter
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Peanut butter
Main ingredient(s) Nuts

A nut butter is a spreadable foodstuff made by crushing nuts. The result has a high fat content and can be spread like true butter, but is otherwise unrelated. Nut butters include:

The almond, cashew, macadamia, peanut, pecan, pistachio and walnut are not true nuts in a botanical sense. However, because they are considered nuts in a culinary sense, their crushed spreads are called nut butters. Similar spreads can also be made from seeds not considered nuts in a culinary sense:

Nut and seed butters are rich in protein, fiber, and essential fatty acids and can be used to replace butter or margarine on bread or toast.

The following table gives some approximate nutritional properties of a selection of nut and seed butters. It is important to note that many products contain additional oils or other ingredients that may alter the nut butter's nutritional content.[2]

Butter Calories
(1 tbsp.)
Protein
(g)
Fat
(g)
Calcium
(mg)
Zinc
(mg)
Almond butter 101 2.4 9.5 43 0.5
Cashew butter 93 2.8 8 7 0.8
Hazelnut butter 94 2 9.5 N/A N/A
Peanut butter - natural 94 3.8 8 7 0.4
Peanut butter - reduced fat 95 4 6 N/A 0.4
Sunflower butter 80 3 7 N/A N/A
Soy butter (sweetened) 85 4 5.5 50 N/A
Soy butter (unsweetened) 80 4 6.5 30 N/A
Soy-peanut butter (added sweetener) 50 2 1.2 40 N/A
Tahini 89 2.6 8 64 0.7

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Shurtleff, W.; Aoyagi, A.. 2012. "History of Soynuts and Soynut Butter... (1068-2012)." Lafayette, California: Soyinfo Center. 590 pp. (1,336 references, 114 photos and illustrations. Free online).
  2. ^ Reed Mangels (November–December 2001). "Guide to Nuts and Nut Butters". Vegetarian Journal. Retrieved 2006-08-07.