Know your Fats!

I had a friend of mine ask me a great question… “Hey, have you heard of Almond butter? I saw it @ the local Natural foods supermarket. I heard it is very tasty and healthy”. Smile Thank you for your question Angy!

Almond butter very good, healthy fat such as olive oil.
Only thing is that I am pretty sure it is a bit higher in fat than peanut butter. I have used it before. Soy butter is good as well, similar to peanut butter not peanuts ( I can’t eat those Sadley ) Blonde

Almond butter: 1 Tbsp
Calories: 98
Total fat: 8.8 g
Total salt: 34 mg
Total Protein: 3.35 g

Peanut butter, smooth style, with salt: 1 Tbsp
Calories: 94
Total fat: 8.6
Total salt: 73 mg
Total protein: 4.01

http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/

The scoop on Margarine vs. Butter.

There is a huge difference in the two, not only what it is made of but also what it does in the body. Margarine is man made (relatively) where as Butter is from milk/cream. The both have their “unhealthy” aspects.

The most important thing to look for is
1) in Margarine look for 0% trans fats, most are made these days since it may be considered a potential carcinogen. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6942190 No smile Trans-fat is a man made process where oil, vegetable, corn typically, goes under this science process where the chemical configuration is changed and it turns to a solid, to replicate the solid properties of saturated fats. (Butter due to the cream is a natural occurring solid due to all the saturated fats)

2) With butter there is cholesterol which is unhealthy for the heart. *Edit SO look for low cholesterol, low saturated fat. I say if you are a healthy weight, exercise sometimes, don’t smoke, you are less likely to develop heart disease so I would say go ahead and slab a little butter if you need to.

Conclusion, if your margarine is “trans-fat free” is till may have some in it, but not crazy amounts. So look for the ones made with canola oil, flaxseed oil, and olive oil, rather than vegetable or corn Smile

Questions?!!! Thumbs up

American Dietetics, Tip of the day: Know your fats!
http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=10729&terms=fats

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