Why It’s A Smart Choice
Nut and seed butters are a great alternative to peanut butter. I love peanut butter and it does have nutritional benefits but it is high in omega 6 fatty acids. For most people the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 in their diets is too high. This imbalance can lead to inflammation in the body.
So, change things up occasionally with some other butters!
Eating nuts on a daily basis is associated with heart health and the prevention of diabetes. This study gave participants pistachios along with commonly eaten high carb foods like white bread, rice, or pasta. They found that combining those foods with nuts lowered the rate at which the carbs were absorbed by the body. In other words, the pistachios prevented a spike in blood sugar.
Pistachios also contain much needed potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6, fibre, and monounsaturated fats.
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Lemon Pistachio Butter
- 2 T lemon juice
- 2 T canola or olive oil
- 2 ½ cups pistachios shelled
- Place ingredients in high powered blender or food processor.
- Blend according to your machine's manual's page on processing nuts.
- The mixture will start out chunky but will smooth out into a paste.
- Be careful not to overheat your machine!
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