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Nut Butters

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Posted on Apr 12, 2018, 12 a.m.

In the ongoing battle of butters between almond butter and peanut butter there are many arguments for each side including things such as nutrients, taste, and health benefits. Both are nutritious and tasty but these two nut butters do differ.

 

Almond butter and peanut butter share some similarities in terms of nutrient profile and flavour, but there are many clear differences. Almond butter is slightly better in terms of vitamins, fiber, and mineral contents. Peanut butter is slightly better in terms of selenium and protein content.

Peanut butter is arguably one of the most popular spreads worldwide, as well as being one of the most inexpensive and readily available. To make peanut butter the peanuts get shelled, roasted, cooled then blanched, then they get grinded into either a chunky or smooth nut butter. The taste of peanut butter is sweet and savory making it a favorite choice for desserts, sauces, marinades, desserts, sandwiches, candies, and basic snacks. Peanut butter is high in fat, and a good source of the healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. It also has slightly more selenium and contains 12% of magnesium daily requirements and 10% of of vitamin B-6 daily requirements in 2 tablespoons. Peanut butter contains more than 15% of the daily requirement of protein in 2 tablespoon servings with 190 calories, as well as calcium, potassium, iron, and dietary fiber. It is recommended to consume peanut butter in moderate amounts and not to exceed 6 tablespoons, the fiber content can help you lose weight by reducing appetite. This nut butter is a popular snack for athletes and bodybuilders as it is an easy delicious way to get protein and boost calories.

 

Almond butter is said to be the sweet alternative to peanut butter that is growing in popularity due to the pleasant taste and obvious health advantages over peanut butter. Almond butter typically is more expensive and has a slightly different method of production. The same procedure is followed but after blanching rather than being ground it gets blended in a food processor to create the creamy nut butter. Almond butter is slightly sweeter and has roughly the same calorie content. In most cases it is the healthier choice as it contains half of the saturated fats and 25% more monounsaturated fats in 2 tablespoons making it a better choice to help improve blood pressure and decrease heart risks. Almond butter also offers more minerals, vitamins, calcium, iron, vitamin E, and almost twice as much fiber adding to why it is the healthier choice.

 

Both of these nut butters have many culinary applications, and are both tasty. Caution should be used when consuming either of them as many people are allergic to nuts and can have severe adverse reactions, make sure you are not one of them before enjoying either of these nut butters.

 

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