The nut butter revolution

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One of the most prominent trends in Cambridge is the growing enthusiasm surrounding nut butters. 

There are several different kinds, from your traditional peanut to a more exotic cashew and almond, which are becoming increasingly mainstream as more brands pick up on these new recipes. 

But really, are these product really worth the £3.99 price tag for a measly 170g? What can they actually be used for? And do they deserve the pedestal they sit on, due to their prescence on so many '#fitspo' and '#cleaneating' instagrams?

Well, beginning with the old favourite: peanut butter. Unfortunately, it is sometimes worth paying above and beyond for the fancy, healthy brand. Meridian, Wholearth, Pip&nut, and Sainsbury's organic all contain no added sugar, which, if you are buying these products to be healthy, should really be a priority. Moreover, the addition of palm oil to many peanut butters is not just bad for our health, but actually contributes to the deforestation of huge rainforests (admittedly not relevant right now but still worth bearing in mind).

As for how to eat it (other than off the spoon!) it can be spread on toast (with jam – or marmite, I promise you should try this!), swirled into porridge or added into batter for some yummy baking. 

So that's the good old peanut butter covered, but what about cashew, almond, and hazelnut?

I suppose they can be used for the same sorts of things, spreading on to bananas or apples can help turn a piece of fruit into a tasty and filling snack, but really, in my mind, nothing quite beats the classic peanut spread. 

As for health benefits, they are not completely lying – nut butters are a healthy source of fat, and without added sugars and oils there is essentially nothing bad in there. Nevertheless, they are not a necessity for anyone wanting to live healthily, so those of you with nut allergies – fear not! 

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