Saturday, August 9, 2014

Almond butter vs. peanut butter

Almond butter vs. peanut butter

Have you ever wonder why some like almond butter vs. regular peanut butter?  I will share different points between the two and the cool thing is you get to decide what you pick. 

Almond butter vs. peanut butter
What's the facts?
Both butters are rich in protein, fiber and fatty acids and have the same amount of fat (16 grams) and calories (190) per 2 tablespoons. They also have about the same amount of carbohydrates.

 What about nutritional value?
 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.

One advantage peanut butter has
 There is a misunderstanding that all peanut butter contains trans fat or hydrogenated oils. This is not true, you can now choose from a range of "all natural peanut butter" 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.

Organic peanut butter?
 It's another option and it simply means that the peanuts were grown without the use of pesticides. Most grocery stores carry all three types of butters. Remember to refrigerate your natural and organic butters.

The best reason I switched for?

Almonds are considered alkaline while peanuts are categorized as acidic. 
According to some research there are benefits to consuming alkaline foods: speed up metabolism, increase energy, and prevent sickness. Almonds fall into this category. They are a powerful nut and the only nut categorized as very alkaline.
Health "nuts" (bahaha) say that it's important to consume at least 60% alkaline-producing foods in order to maintain a balanced diet. If one's Ph levels aren't in balance the body has a hard time absorbing vitamins, minerals, and other important food nutrients. In short, Ph affects everything. In contrast acidic foods can be damaging and a variety of physical problems and diseases can be caused from acidic intake (some go as far to say that an acidic ph can cause cancer--see below caveat). Peanuts rate very high in acidity.

So it truly is your choice, honestly our household was a Jiff brand house forever but last summer I made the switch and it took awhile for my husband to do the same but now we just buy almond butter and really like the flavor better it does not have that grease texture.  And from time to time I pull the fridge open for a spoon full of "peanut butter" to hit the spot.

Almond butter vs. peanut butter

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