Have you ever found yourself in the condiment aisle, staring blankly at the assortment of butter that surrounds our ever most famous Peanut Butter? Where did all of these options come from? There are Nut Butters and Seed Butters… is one better than the other? What is the difference between these two options?

 

The vast variety we have within our food selection is wonderful! We are able to incorporate these variations of food items into any persons eating plan, no matter their dietary restrictions or goals. Nut and Seed Butter are no exception, which is why there are many flavors that fill the shelves of your local grocery stores.

 

Nut Butter may be the most prevalent you would find in a household pantry. This type of butter is made only from nuts that are blended up until it becomes smooth and creamy. The different type of Nut Butters you can buy or even make are:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Cashew
  • Almond
  • Macadamia
  • Hazelnut
  • Walnuts
  • Pistachio

 

Seed Butter, this is made by the same process, blending up the seed until it is smooth and creamy. The types of Seed Butters you can make, or purchase are:

  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Flax Seeds
  • Chia Seeds
  • Poppy Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Watermelon Seeds
  • Hemp Seeds

 

Seed and Nut Butters have a similar nutritional profile, generally. Of course, there is always an exception to the rule. The calorie amount will vary but you will find that both Seed and Nut Butters have the following nutritional components including;

  • Contains Unsaturated Fats
  • Are Calorie Dense
  • Good Source of Fiber
  • Good Source of Protein

 

One type of butter is not superior to the other. It ultimately comes down to taste and texture preference as well as any food allergies or restrictions one may have. Nut allergies rank as one of the highest and most prevalent form of allergy. If you are allergic to nuts,  seed Butter might be the better alternative.

 

If you have not ventured out beyond the well-known Peanut Butter, now is the time! When you do, it is especially important that you read the label as the only ingredients that should be listed are the nut or seed that was used and salt. Some commercial brands will add oil so make sure you are educated on your oils to determine if it fits within your dietary eating plan.