Almond Butter vs Peanut Butter: What’s Healthier

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In the timeless battle of almond butter vs peanut butter, there are many arguments for both sides, including taste, nutrients, and ultimate health benefits. Before you buy, it is important to understand how these two popular kinds of nut butter differ, and what effects each can have on your health.

Almond Butter vs Peanut Butter

Although almond butter and peanut butter share quite a bit in terms of flavor and nutrient profile, there are some clear differences that should be addressed. According to the USDA, almonds are rich vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. So, we can say that almond butter is better than peanut butter in terms of its mineral, vitamin, and fiber content. Whereas, peanut butter has a better selenium and protein content. let us discuss them in detail below.

Peanut Butter

To begin with, peanut butter is one of the most popular spreads around the world, as well as one of the most readily available and inexpensive. The process of making peanut butter consists of shelling the peanuts, roasting them, cooling and blanching them, and then grinding them into a smooth butter. Other variations, such as chunky peanut butter, are also readily available. Peanut butter has both a savory and sweet flavor, making it a favorite for sandwiches, desserts, candies, sauces, marinades, and basic snacks.

Peanut butter is high in fat, particularly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, both of which are considered healthy in certain ways. Peanut butter also has a decent amount of magnesium and vitamin B-6, roughly 12% and 10% of your daily requirement, respectively, in only 2 tablespoons. Peanut butter also has slightly more selenium than almond butter.

In terms of protein, peanut butter is quite impressive, with more than 15% of your daily requirement in a 2-tablespoon serving. There is quite a high content of calories, roughly 190, in the same size serving, as well as dietary fiber, potassium, iron, and calcium. For that reason, peanut butter is recommended in moderate quantities; its fiber content can help you lose weight by reducing your appetite, but your daily intake shouldn’t exceed 6 tablespoons. For bodybuilders, peanut butter is often an easy and delicious protein and calorie booster.

Almond Butter

This sweet alternative to peanut butter has rapidly grown in popularity in recent years, both due to its pleasant flavor and its rather obvious health advantages over peanut butter. While this type of nut butter generally comes with a slightly higher price tag, that doesn’t dissuade many people from enjoying this delicious source of protein. Almond butter is made in a similar way to peanut butter, following the process of shelling, roasting, blanching, and then blending in a food processor, which results in the creation of a creamy nut butter. Almond butter is slightly sweeter than peanut butter in most cases, although there are many different recipes on the market.

Almond butter and peanut butter are basically the same when it comes to calories – just under 200 calories in a 2-tablespoon serving. In most other cases, however, almond butter turns out to be a healthier option. To begin with, almond butter has approximately half as much saturated fat as peanut butter, which is good news if you have any cardiovascular issues. There is also about 25% more monounsaturated fat in a nut butter of the almond variety, which can further improve blood pressure and reduce heart risk.

When it comes to vitamins and minerals, almond butter is also clearly superior to peanut butter, offering much more iron, calcium, and vitamin E, all of which are critical nutrients for the body. One of the few areas where peanut butter is superior to almond butter, as mentioned above, is in their selenium content, as well as a slightly higher amount of protein. There is roughly twice as much fiber in almond nut butter than peanut butter, yet another reason why almond butter is obviously the healthier option. Protection Status
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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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