The raw food movement has been gaining a lot of supporters lately. One industry that is getting a huge boost from this movement is nut butter. If you have visited a natural food store lately, you may be overwhelmed by the sheer number of varieties of nut butters available in the market today. There are freshly ground peanut butter, almond butter, and many others too numerous to mention here. While these products do taste very good, they can get expensive when you add them up to your grocery bill at the end of the month.
So what’s a frugal-minded vegan who would like to eat healthy to do? Make their own! Not only will it make your house smell great while it cooks, but you’ll save money and enjoy the freshest tasting nut butter you ever did eat.
Talking about peanut butter, Aside from being a delicious source of protein, peanut butter is also a good source of magnesium. It contains more magnesium than any other nut or seed butter! Magnesium is an essential mineral that helps regulate over 300 different metabolic processes in the body. It’s also important for bone health and can help prevent osteoporosis by preventing calcium loss. So if you want to reap the benefits of this tasty treat without the added sugar found in most commercial varieties, try making your own raw vegan peanut butter at home! Let’s have a look at some more nutritional benefits of raw vegan peanut butter.
A one-tablespoon serving of this creamy raw vegan peanut butter has six grams of protein, two grams of sugar, and three grams of fiber. Furthermore, peanuts are rich in tryptophan which is good for the nervous system and serotonin levels.
It contains niacin or vitamin B3 which allows our body to convert food into energy efficiently.
Peanut butter is also rich in phytosterols that can lower certain risk factors associated with heart diseases. Phytosterols can lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL).
Raw vegan peanut butter is considered a healthy choice because it does not contain artificial ingredients, additives, preservatives, or hydrogenated oils.
The roasted version may also include high fructose corn syrup which contributes to weight gain and obesity.
Furthermore, peanuts are low in sodium but can be salted during the roasting process. Even if salt is added instead of sugar it’s still harmful because even small quantities can lead to hypertension.
What do I like about raw vegan peanut butter?
The best thing about this kind of butter is that you know exactly what’s inside the jar since all the ingredients are 100% natural.
Raw vegan peanut butter is a great choice when it comes to eating healthy but we must always consume it in moderation because it can be fattening. This is because peanuts contain large quantities of fat that are considered “healthy” since they come from unsaturated fatty acids or MUFAs. Nevertheless, raw peanut butter contains about 16 grams of fat per every 100 grams so it’s not good for people who want to lose weight.
Consuming raw peanut butter with slices of fruit or celery sticks helps prevent boredom and boosts health. It can also make a delicious snack in between meals or even a healthy breakfast. Just be careful not to consume too much because large quantities of fat can lead to weight gain.