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Nut Butters: A Great Way To Add Taste And Change Up The Texture
Nut butters are a wonderful source of protein and other forms of nutrition for your bird. Birds seem to like them and their versatility is astounding. You can use nut butters in many ways that will benefit your bird’s diet and make their meals more interesting by providing a different texture and a way of getting other foods such as healthy seed to adhere to yet another food. This makes that food more appealing to them and might get them to eat a healthy food they have never tried before. Here... are some varieties of nut butters you may never have known about that are available both in stores and online.Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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Almond Butter: Still The Queen
Almond butter is known in many circles as being the best butter for you. It has almost the same texture as peanut butter but it has a lot more to offer. It contains around three more grams of monounsaturated fat preserving than peanut butter and it’s usually lower in sugar than the peanut variety of butter. (One word of caution about peanut butter. It’s probably not good for your bird. Here is why: Peanut Butter Caution
Almond butter has a lot of fiber. It's high in protein and low in... carbohydrates and like most nut butters it helps reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.Continue to 3 of 6 below.
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Walnuts are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids which is a huge advantage to this particular butter. Omega-3 fatty acids are key in overall health and in maintaining brain cognition as well as reducing inflammation. Walnut butter is low in sugar when compared to many other butters. The problem with walnut butter is that it’s difficult to locate. Typically you can’t find it in your average grocery store, but you can find walnut oil. So if you can’t locate it, you can always use a blender to make... walnut butter from scratch and smooth it out using the walnut oil. Or you can just purchase it here: Walnut ButterContinue to 4 of 6 below.
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Pecan butter is tough to find. But if you can find it or make it yourself, you will find it a boon to your bird’s health. It’s a tasty nut and it is a wonderful source of fiber, magnesium, Vitamin E, thiamin and calcium. The vitamin E content is worth the trip for pecan butter due to its prevention of coronary heart disease.
According to the USDA, pecans are a top rated food for their antioxidant activity and the mineral content is off the charts. They contain a variety of fatty acids necessary... for good health such as oleic acid. They are also rich in monounsaturated fats. You can find it here: Pecan ButterContinue to 5 of 6 below.
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Hazelnuts are a heart-healthy nut that just might reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. They contain the highest amount of folate content which reduces the risk of depression, helps support nervous system function and they have a lot of fiber which is important to your bird’s digestive health. They are particularly high in two important minerals: manganese and copper. They are a very rich source of dietary fiber, vitamin E, magnesium, and B vitamins which promotes heart health. Again, this... is a tricky nut butter to find, but I managed to locate some here: Hazelnut ButterContinue to 6 of 6 below.
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Cashews are not really a nut, but a seed found on the the bottom of the cashew apple which is the fruit of the cashew tree. They are naturally low in fat and yet of the fat they contain, 82% of their fat is unsaturated fatty acids. In terms of monounsaturated fats, cashews are not unlike similar to those found in olive oil. Studies of all kinds have been done on nuts in general and they have found that overall, nuts and particularly cashews aid in the prevention of heart disease and they aid in... bone health and density due to the calcium and manganese found in them. This is a tough butter to locate in the grocery store, but you can purchase it online here: Cashew Butter