Since the boom of healthy eating, we have seen how many nutritionists encourage eating peanut butter (provided it is natural). But it seems that only peanut existed until recently. Luckily, all nuts can have their own butter and very easy to make to incorporate into snacks or fruit snacks.
With the passage of time, almond butter has also been gaining its own space, overcoming that of peanuts and leaving it in a second position. But is it as healthy as they make us believe? Which of the two is better?
Almond butter is much more expensive than peanut butter, and we all know that the novelty always goes up in price. Many lovers of paleo or restrictive diets are the main consumers of this type of food, so selling it at a high price gives it a very exclusive touch. Actually, for € 3 you can do it yourself at home. You just have to buy a package of natural almonds and beat until a cream is left. This way you make sure that its only ingredient is the dried fruit and that it does not carry any type of preservative.
In addition, there are also people who have stopped eating peanuts since they know they belong to the legume family . For that reason, the one of almonds appears lately like the option “healthier”.
Certainly, there is no doubt that the calories of both butters come mainly from fat. That’s why many people wonder if they really are healthy products.
What does each one contribute nutritionally?
-Serving size: 2 tbsp
-Fat: 18 grams
Unsaturated fat: 14 grams
-Serving size: 2 tbsp
-Fat: 16 grams
-Unsaturated fat: 12.5 grams
Why do most people assume that almond butter is much healthier if both are caloric?
Actually, there are differences between the two: the almond has a slightly higher content of vitamin E, iron and fiber. But none of these reasons is so fundamental as to say that it is noticeably healthier. In addition, both have a similar protein content (about 7-8 grams), so taking a snack of peanut butter or almond after training is a good option.
Regarding fats, both are high in unsaturated fats (the good ones) and also have a bit of saturated fat. Unsaturated fat provides many health benefits, such as improving the health of the heart and brain, providing satiety or fighting muscle inflammation. You must stop being afraid to consume healthy fat, as it is necessary for the proper functioning of the body.
So which one is better?
Unless you have a problem with peanut allergy or intolerance, almond butter is not extremely healthy. Both options are perfect and healthy for a snack or a snack to help us recover energy. Even so, if you are going to buy it in a supermarket or online, you should pay attention to peanuts. It is very common to sell it in containers loaded with added sugars, palm oil or emulsifiers.
All these ingredients are not necessary to enjoy a delicious dry nut butter. At most, we can accept some cases that incorporate a little salt, to replenish electrolyte reserves.