Peanut Butter vs Almond Butter – The Better Option

The debate rages on. But the important thing to understand is which one is really #betterforyou?

While the correct answer is both! There are a few differences that can be taken into account when you are forced to make a choice between the two gloriously nutrient dense nut butters. We know by now that both jars of nut butters are supposed to be very good for you when had within reason. But which one should be the nut butter of your choice? Well, we’ll just have to lay out the comparisons across a few everyday parameters for that and let YOU decide for yourselves.

More often than not there are about three to four considerations when we are buying and consuming food of any kind; there is your usage, the fibre content, the benefits via vitamins and minerals and nutrients and finally the source or the origin of the nuts which get churned into your delicious and creamy nut butters. So let’s pit both peanut and almond butter against each other across these above mentioned parameters.

Usage

Both peanut and almond butter have similar kinds of usage, especially when prescribed to you as a part of a healthy diet.

  • They are generally used as spreads on toast or eaten with fruit for a filling snack and they both do an excellent role in playing that part.
  • Nut butter is popular as a pre and post workout food. Almond butter with a rice cake or a peanut butter protein smoothie are popular and wholesome options.
  • Another usage for either butter is to blend up a serving along with your favourite fruit to conjure up a delicious and filling smoothie that will not only leave you satiated but also wanting more thanks to the natural sweetness of either butter within it.
  • Yet another usage and this time for all you after meal dessert lovers is to actually use either kind of nut butter as a post meal sweet treat. You could either combine them as an ingredient in your dessert or just have a serving by itself of the spoon, paired with dark chocolate, to satiate the dessert cravings.

While their usages are extremely similar and therefore it is hard to choose one from the other, do remember that both butters have their own distinctive flavour palates which are not similar. So this one comes literally down to the taste and the type of flavour that YOU prefer.

Fibre Content

Fibre is an essential part of any diet simply because foods that are high in fibre help to keep you full for a longer time. Eating a high fibrous food like an apple will keep you feeling full over a longer time as compared to something that is high in sugar and carbohydrates but low in fibre. If the goal is to incorporate additional fibre into your diet, then almond butter is the better option between the two butters with almost twice the amount of natural fibre as compared to peanut butter. Apart from keeping you full and satiated for a longer time, there are also additional health benefits that are associated with a high fibre diet. They include better digestion, improved gut health and weight loss as some of the advantages.

Vitamins, Minerals and More

Now this one is tricky because both types of nut butters are great sources of essential minerals and vitamins. So it purely depends on what your diet needs to be supplemented with.

Almond butter contains seven times the amount of calcium, three times the amount of vitamin E, and two times the amount of iron as compared to peanut butter making it the ideal ingredient for a power packed healthy diet. Almond butter per serving (1 tablespoon) has 96 calories, 8 grams of fat, 3 grams of carbs, 1.6 grams of fibre, and 4 grams of protein.

Peanut butter on the other hand is a nut butter that is richer in potassium, biotin, magnesium and zinc making it the preferred choice if one needs to supplement these minerals and vitamins. A one table spoon serving of peanut butter contains 96 calories, 5 grams of protein, 8 grams of fat, 2 grams of carbs, and 2.6 grams of healthy dietary fibre.

While the peanut is actually a legume, the almond does belong to the nut family. However, the important thing to know is that you can safely and confidently bet on either type of nut butter to nourish your diet with all the right kind of nutrients that are more beneficial for your body both in the short and long term. A combination of both the nut butters has you covered from all angles!

To conclude, nutritionists across the world help you to arrive at a decision between opting for peanut butter and almond butter. They usually ask you to stock up on both. Both types of butters are actually very good for the human body when consumed in moderation and with the right ingredients.

 

Notes:

The Butternut Co. is a leading manufacturer, supplier and exporter of Nut Butters From Mumbai , India. You can purchase our specially formulated peanut and almond butters online directly from The Butternut Co. We are also well stocked across your favourite stores and other super markets. For bulk orders don’t hesitate to mail us at health@thebutternutcompany.com / Contact@thebutternutcompany.com

Call us for any further enquiries on +91 9819134617.

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