Peanut Butter vs Almond Butter

In my quest to eat better, I was interested in learning more about the differences between Almond and Peanut Butter. I love peanut butter and there is nothing like a PBJ sandwich.

So last week I found a sample pack of Justin’s Almond butter to try it out and at a quick lick of my finger I wasn’t that happy.  So this is going to be something that I tray again and I may have to try a different brand to get use to the taste.

When looking up some difference I learned the following:

The ingredient list on either should only include the nut (peanut or almond) and maybe some salt. There should not be any added oils or other fillers. When you compare the nutrition facts for peanut and almond butter you won’t see any big differences. In a 2 tablespoon serving, you get 190-200 calories, 16-17 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat (which means 14-15 grams of HEALTHY unsaturated fat), 7-8 grams of protein and 2 grams of naturally occurring sugar.

On the Micronutrients side of things Almond butter takes the lead: Almond butter has 26% more Vitamin E, 3% more Iron, and 7% more Calcium than peanut butter. It’s higher in magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and antioxidants.

What about the “fats?” This is where the almond really shines. Almond butter has 50% more monounsaturated fat than the peanut spread and about 25% less saturated fat. This is good news for anyone, and especially for those keeping an eye on cholesterol. Another important factor is that almond butter does not contain any trans fat. NONE.

On peanut butter’s defense, there is a misconception that all peanut butter contains trans fat or hydrogenated oils. This is not true. You can now choose from a range of “all natural” varieties that eliminates the trans fat (and any un-natural ingredients). These varieties are made from pure peanuts with no added oils, fats, or sugars. You’ll recognize natural butter by the oil separation at the top of the jar. The trans fat found in regular peanut butter is so minimal (less than 1%) that the FDA labels it as being at 0.

Let us know which one you like best and how you enjoy eating it. Leave us a comment or tell us on Facebook or Twitter.



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