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almond/cashew/whateverothernut butter


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ok so i was at the grocery store the other day, and lo and behold, beneath the peanut butter, i saw something called almond butter. and then cashew butter. anybody actually buy this $7 a pop jar? what do you use it for? do you like it? is it worth it? i am intrigued...i love almonds, and i actually think peanuts taste pretty bland compared to any other nut....and my family LOVES cashews, so thats gotta be good, too...but 7 bucks for a teeny jar? come on people, get real!!!!!! why is it so expensive?
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I get my peanut butter and almond butter at Whole Foods Market where they have grind it yourself machines.  You put a container under the spout, turn it on and out comes the nut butter.  It's a lot cheaper, about $4 a pound, and I only buy a quarter pound at a time.  If you store it in the refrigerator, the oil won't separate out and it will stay easy to spread.
is it yummy? :D
Health wise, there is a big difference between almond butter, cashew butter, and peanut butter.  Almonds have alpha linoleic acid, a good fat that helps lower bad and raise good cholesterol.  As you have probably read on other threads, nuts are good for you, but some are much better than others.  The almond butter tastes fabulous, as long as you like almonds.  The only problem is portion control (isn't is always!)  I eat 13 raw almonds most days, giving me 75 cal, 7.4 grams of good fat, 3 g protein, and 1.5 g fiber.  I enjoy this and it is satisfying.  An equal amount of almond butter just seems too small and I feel deprived.  Also, the health benefit is from RAW almonds and raw almond butter, not dry roasted.  It is harder to find, but you can get organic raw almond butter.   Yes, it is expensive.  Bottom line, I rarely eat the almond butter, but serve it to my 7 year old twins on a regular basis.  They absolutely love it!
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