Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women, but you can take some preventative measures to reduce your risk. There are plenty of resources out there, such as these articles from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but two important steps are eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly.
Well, we all already know that I exercise enough but I may not always eat the healthiest that I could.
Case in point: I LOVE peanut butter. It isn't a secret that I will eat it right out of the jar, but some peanut butter isn't really that healthy.
NuttZo was developed by a mother of nutrient-deficient adopted children. Now NuttZo spreads the love through the charity Project Left Behind, a charity focused on helping orphans around the world.
How is NuttZo different than regular peanut butter?
It is 100% Organic: All seven nuts and seeds used in each 3 flavors of NuttZo are 100% organic.
It contains no added sugars: One serving of NuttZo Original (2T) only contains 1 gram of sugar.
It is full of healthy fats: One serving (2T) provides 50% of your daily value of Omega 3 ALAs (Alpha-Linolenic Acid).
It also does not use palm oil, which is often used in most nut butters, which was proven to be unhealthy in a study done by the United States Department of Agriculture. It has a negative effect on bad cholesterol (another cause of heart disease) and the American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association warn against the use of palm oil because of its link to contributing to heart disease. You can find more information, here. (Luckily, the peanut butter I normally eat, Wegman's brand, doesn't use palm oil).
Making hearts with food is difficult!
I used NuttZo in place of peanut butter on my sandwiches, and I had it just on toast and English muffins, and it tasted great! Now, if you don't like chunky peanut butter (or any nut butter), you probably won't like NuttZo. I will eat it, but Mike won't, so this nut butter is just for me.
The seven nuts and seeds in NuttZo Original are: Peanuts, Cashews, Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Sunflower Seeds, Flax Seeds and Hazelnuts. They also have a peanut-free version and a chocolate version.
What are you doing to take care of your heart?
I was provided NuttZo free of charge in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed in this post are, as always, my own.