Although it's creamy and delicious, butter is a rich source of saturated fat. This is the type that can raise levels of unhealthy LDL cholesterol and increase your risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends limiting your saturated fat intake to no more than 5 or 6 percent of your daily calories. Finding substitutions for butter that taste good and are healthy for you, such as all natural peanut butter -- a rich source of cholesterol-lowering polyunsaturated fats -- can help you stay within these limits.
If the first thing you do in the morning is pop toast or a bagel in the toaster oven and slather the warm crust with butter, you're not going to have to make too many changes to your routine. Smooth peanut butter spreads easily, and gets softer on a warm surface. Or spread peanut butter on pancakes just like you would butter. At the dinner table, spread no-sugar-added peanut butter on whole-grain rolls for moistness. You can make baked goods with peanut butter instead of butter. According to celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson's website, peanut butter has enough fat in it to stand in for the butter in peanut butter cookies.