Sunday, September 24, 2006

Nuts about nuts



Most people who are on a weight loss diet recoil away once the word fat is mentioned. Of course, it is sensible to stay away from saturated and trans fat which are bad for your health and cholesterol levels. But did you know that there are certain kind of fats that are important for your well being and good for your health? Yeap, these EFAs or Essential Fatty Acids consists of two families; Omega-3 and Omega-6, which benefits include preventing heart diseases, maintenance of eye and brain function and even aiding in fat loss!

Omega-3 can be found in fatty fish like salmon or plant sources like flax seed. Any idea where Omega-6 can be found? Nuts of course! Other than containing the important linoleic acids, these little guys contain loads of monosaturated and polyunsaturated fats which are the "good" fats. Besides, frequent consumption of nuts have been found to reduce heart disease by 30 - 50 percent! That said, nuts are a two way thing; either you love them or you hate them. I personally love them to bits. There's just something about the richness and fragrance in them that can whet my appetite instantly. They're also quite a versatile bunch as you can chop them up, roast them, add them to dishes, make nut butter of out them or simply eat them raw (which is what I usually prefer).


Therefore, I shall introduce you my most interesting find; natural nut butter! This bottle of peanut butter by Harvest Best which I bought from Carrefour for around $2.50 was freshly grinded on the spot by a nut butter mill with no added sugar or preservatives unlike normal commercially sold peanut butter which contain loads of sugars, emulsifisers and TRANS FAT! I believe everyone should stay away from trans fat as they are definately not good for your health. You can visit this site here for more information.

Anyways, this bottle of peanut butter may be too bland for some of your tastebuds. However, I strongly feel that it exudes the natural nutty taste and rich texture not found in commercially sold peanut butters which are more like a paste and stick to your mouth like glue (ewww). They are sold in three textures; smooth, medium or crunchy and can be spread on wholemeal bread or biscuits or even eaten on its own . I personally like the crunchy ones tho as I like feeling the bits and the crunchiness.



Enough said, writing this post has made me drool thinking about my nut butter sitting by the table. So people, don't forget to grab your nut butter cause I'm gonna have some on a slice of bread now!

9 comments:

D said...

Dude, you can make your own by just slow blending a pack of roasted peanuts. Heaps cheaper that way.

the yUmMie dUmMieS said...

You mean using a blender? I tried doing that once or twice but the nuts just stuck at the side in powder form. I'm waiting for my food processor then I'll try again! :)

evan said...

hey YD, i thought blender comes with a food processor? normally they sell the two together. just inter-change it but use the same motor rite?

the yUmMie dUmMieS said...

Hello evan! Nah, my blender is those with two small vertical and two small horizontal blades used for making milkshakes. It came with the fruit juice maker. I think I need the one with two large blades.

Anonymous said...

I love peanut butter! The fastest I've gone through a whole jar of peanut butter was 4 days! Since then, I've cut back because of the high fat content but I still love it so much!

the yUmMie dUmMieS said...

Yeah I know! I can eat a whole bag of them anytime (of course not too often). N your candied walnuts look so nice! I've tried to post comments on several posts but there's error on the page everytime. Wonder what's wrong :(

the baker said...

i've tried these before! and i totally agree. so much more healthier...

the yUmMie dUmMieS said...

Yup! Can't eat too much of it though, which I usually do. Lol

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