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Almond Butter Vs Peanut Butter(For your hearts sake make the switch!!

posted over 5 years ago | Report

I eat peanut butter for ages, all the way up until my late teens actually, once I got more interested in nutrition I noticed the huge benefits from eating Almond Butter instead of Peanut Butter. Almond butter has zero cholesterol, very low fat and more protein than peanut butter, and actually rises your good cholesterol. Peanut butter however contains more fat, has trans fat in it and cholesterol. Has anyone else out there made the switch from Peanut Butter to Almond Butter?

Also another tip, I know almond butter can be pricey at the store,$6.00 a jar in the grocery store, so what you do is, go to your local Bulk Barn store or wherever you can buy stuff in bulk and buy almonds from there, its ALOT cheeper and then you can take the almonds home and make your own Almond Butter with a blender or food processor, here is a recipe i found online for making your homemade almond butter, its very easy.
http://blog.bitsyskitchen.com/2007/12/how-to-make-homemade-almond-butter.html

Helping you with your health,

Sean

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  • I've made the switch to almond butter. I find it doesn't have as much taste, but that's probably because PB has alot of additives.
    I'm happy with eating almond butter knowing that it's better for me ;)

    posted over 5 years ago

  • I made the swtich to almond butter. I get the "Raw Crunchy Unsalted" from Trader Joe's and it seems pretty reasonable.

    posted over 5 years ago

  • I like almond butter BUT I love peanut butter so I try to eat as little as possible but enough to satisfy me. Almond butter just doesn't do it for me. Although, I agree it is the better choice.

    posted over 5 years ago

  • I'm a fan of almond butter, but I also have a weakness for cashew butter and sunflower butter.

    posted over 5 years ago

  • Well if you use WHOLE PEANUTS to make peanut butter, it doesn't have any additives. Almonds are not dramatically healthier than peanuts. The point is to find something healthy that you enjoy. Both peanuts and almonds are healthy oils and contribute to lowered cholesterol.

    Additives are also added to some brands of almond butter, so it's important to read your labels.

    Butter Calories
    (1 tbsp.) Protein
    (g) Fat
    (g) Calcium
    (mg) Zinc
    (mg)
    Almond butter 101 2.4 9.5 43 0.5
    Cashew butter 93 2.8 8 7 0.8
    Hazelnut butter 94 2 9.5 N/A N/A
    Peanut butter - natural 94 3.8 8 7 0.4
    Peanut butter - reduced fat 95 4 6 N/A 0.4
    Sunflower butter 80 3 7 N/A N/A
    Soy butter (sweetened) 85 4 5.5 50 N/A
    Soy butter (unsweetened) 80 4 6.5 30 N/A
    Soy-peanut butter (added sweetener) 50 2 1.2 40 N/A
    Tahini 89 2.6 8 64 0.7

    The table is hard to read, but peanut butter is a little higher in protein, but lower in calories and fat (natural). Almond butter has more calcium, and ever so slightly more zinc.

    It's probably more a matter of what you like. I know I eat natural peanut butter every day and have managed to lose weight, and keep it off while doing it. (I count my calories.)

    posted over 5 years ago

  • in reply to what Tory K. said:Well if you use WHOLE PEANUTS to make peanut butter, it doesn't have any additives. Almonds are not dramatically healthier than peanuts. The point is to find something healthy that you enjoy. Both peanuts and almonds are healthy oils and cont... read more

    Thanks for the info!

    posted over 5 years ago

  • The Fry's Food grocery store near me has a bulk section which has two side-by-side machines, one for peanuts and the other for almonds. Both grind fresh peanuts or almonds directly into the butter. Being that it is bulk you can measure out however much you want and it's pretty cheap too, and obviously lacking any additives.

    posted over 5 years ago

  • I tried almond butter a few months back... it was OK, but the texture was too pasty (may have been the brand). It WAS a lot more expensive, too.

    BTW, peanut butter, being non-animal derived, shouldn't have ANY cholesterol. All nuts, however, do contain a fair amount of oil (a "fat"), but these types are generally considered pretty healthful.

    posted over 5 years ago

  • i follow joe friel's paleo diet for athletes and he recommends avoiding peanuts all together. peanuts are actually legumes (not nuts) and our bodies process them differently and they can inhibit the absorption of minerals.

    I've completely made the switch from PB to AB... this coming from a die-hard PB lover. I'll admit at first, I didn't think it tasted as good, but now i've forgotten what pb tastes like, and the health benefits make up for it. Now almond butter is my new weakness... all i need is a spoon :)

    posted over 5 years ago

  • the joys of california and the trans fat ban =D

    posted over 5 years ago

  • Sunflower Butter is yummm tooo!!

    posted over 5 years ago

  • Natural peanut butter has no cholesterol simply because it is not of animal origin. I looked on the jar, no cholesterol or trans fats in the brand we use (Smucker's Natural). I don't eat any peanut butter with added sugars or fats. It must be stirred and is a bit softer than Jif and the like, but much better for you. My brand has the following for 2 tablespoons: 200 Calories, Fat 16g (saturated 2.5g, polynunsat Fat 4.5, and monounsat 8gs, trans fat 0). No cholesterol, 105mg sodium, 6g carbs, 2g fiber, sugar 1g and protein 7g. Good stuff.

    posted about 5 years ago | edited about 5 years ago

  • Peanut butter doesn't have cholesterol or trans fat. Imitation peanut butter-like substances (such as JIF or Skippy) do, but real peanut butter doesn't.

    posted about 5 years ago

  • Totally agree. I have switched to almond butter (see above) and feel that my digestive tract is much better with the hard long training days.

    posted almost 5 years ago

  • I LOVE sunflower seed butter! My favorite post-long-run semi-healthy indulgence is a piece of multi-grain toast with sunflower butter and agave nectar -- YUM!

    posted almost 5 years ago

  • I've made the switch recently, because of the calcium. Having a dairy allergy has forced me to find other sources of calcium, and almond butter has 8% calcium as compared to 0% from peanut butter. I do, however, love peanut butter and still eat it occasionally, but it's always all natural (just dry roasted peanuts).

    posted over 4 years ago

  • Almond butter kicks ass. I also love sunbutter, it is made from sunflower seeds, it rocks.

    posted over 4 years ago

  • PB has zero cholesterol. anything without animal parts in it has zero cholesterol.

    posted over 4 years ago

  • Yes, I admit it's hard to take it seriously if the research hasn't been done and the poster actually think that peanut butter contains cholesterol. Good PB has no trans fat either. Really there is very little qualitative difference between PB and AB. Go with your taste and eat either in reasonable amounts.
    Also it may be worthy of note that studies have been done on the actual quality of peanuts themselves and it is important to have high quality (expensive!) PB. - see The CHina STudy.

    posted over 4 years ago

  • I had my first almond butter a little over a week ago, and it was wonderful. I was never a hugh peanut butter fan anyway, so the almond is fine with me. I have it on a piece of toast in the morning sometimes. Yummy, and filling. I paid just under $4 at the local super walmart. Publix caries the same brand for around $6...

    posted over 4 years ago

  • Here is a great link http://bit.ly/e3ZfId for a comparison of peanut butter to almond butter for both calories/fat and also a comparison of the nutritional advantages of almond butter. Almond butter is much healthier for you than peanut butter and is heart healthy. Once you make the switch to a good almond butter like Barney Butter (the one my family prefers) you won't go back to peanut butter!!

    posted about 4 years ago

  • As far as nut butters go, they're nearly equivalent in nutritional status. Go for natural over processed, and the flavour you prefer. It's like debating cow butter versus goat butter - it's still a butter. =)

    posted almost 4 years ago

  • I switched to natural peanut butter a long time ago, so this did sound strange, until I realized OP was talking about the ultra-processed stuff that I hadn't gone near in a long time. In nut butters, as in all other foods, I prefer the stuff without weird additives and corn syrup.

    I do like other nut butters better than almond butter, because almond butter always seems a little dry to me. Personal preference, of course. I don't mind a little salt and honey mixed in with my nut butters, either-- I am a fan of taste.

    I also don't shy away from dietary fat (except trans fat, which is the devil). I read a lot about nutrition, and there's a lot of conflicting stuff out there, but it all seems to come back around to the idea that a balanced diet is good, with all fun things in moderation, loads of veggies, and a focus on whole foods with recognizable ingredients.

    posted almost 4 years ago

  • Gotta say, I eat a fair amount of (organic) PB almost every day on a whole wheat bagel. I just got my blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides tested, and my levels were "excellent" in the words of my doctor. It's all about moderation. PB obviously isn't causing me any problems.

    posted almost 4 years ago

  • I can't get used to the taste of almond butter. The first time I tried it, I thought it was disgusting. I'll just stick to my peanut butter. Not all peanut butters have trans fats or other bad additives. There are actually quite a few that are perfectly fine and are only made from natural ingredients. I have gotten used to the dark chocolate almond butter and have come to love it though. :) But I just can't seem to give up my daily peanut butter fix.

    posted almost 4 years ago

  • I eat peanut butter after making sure the ingredients list is: "Peanuts."
    Also cashew butter is amazing.

    posted almost 4 years ago

  • I always tend to stick to one rule, the less ingredients the better for you, my PB is organic and has two ingredients; Organic peanuts and sea salt and it is delicious, haven't tried the almond butter yet but eating raw almonds is probably my favorite snack

    posted almost 4 years ago

  • i like the idea of making my own nut butter. look there can be traces of anchovy in Walmart Great Value peanut butter!
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Great-Value-Creamy-Peanut-Butter-18-oz/10315475#Ingredients

    posted over 3 years ago

  • Sorry if this is repeated, I didn't read all the comments...

    I eat natural PB, which has no trans fat or cholesterol (it's plant-based!). I believe you're referring to crap-ass processed PB, which does have sugar, hydrogeonated oils, and cholesterol. I eat almond butter, but but much prefer natty PB.

    posted over 3 years ago

  • Can't get other nut butters around here (unless you count Nutella, lol), but I did recently make the switch from "regular" to natural peanut butter. Imagine my surprise to see my kids (formerly fans fo white-bread, pbj's) scarfing them made with whole-wheat bread, natural pb, and Simply Fruit! I expected to encounter some resistance here, but I'm not complaining!

    posted over 3 years ago

  • Hey, thanks! I can't wait to buy some almonds and give it a try!

    posted over 3 years ago

  • I'm allergic to almonds, so my body made up its mind for me... peanut butter it is!

    posted over 3 years ago

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  • I know that I'm a couple years late on this post, but better late than never. I made the switch and loving the almond butter. You can also buy it cheaper in Costco. Here's a good comparison - Almond butter vs peanut butter:
    http://online-running-gear.com/blog/advise-opinions/sports-nutrition/almond-butter-vs-peanut-butter/

    posted over 3 years ago

  • Yes, I am an almond butter eater as well. I'll still have PB but most of the time I'll eat almond butter on top of lightly salted rice cakes...not too bad!!

    posted over 3 years ago

  • Just buy the right peanut butter! It needs to be made with organic peanuts, and the only thing added should be salt - not oil from any other source, not sugar and for heaven's sake not trans fats. The good stuff has been available since at least the 1970s - I grew up on it. And since when are legumes a no-no?

    Unless you're allergic to peanuts, there's no compelling reason to switch to something that has less flavor. I like almonds just fine, as long as they're lightly toasted, salted and otherwise in their original state.

    posted almost 3 years ago

  • To be honest, I ate so much peanut butter growing up, I can't stand the stuff anymore. That said, I love almond butter now. We get an organic, unsalted, unsweetened one here in Switzerland and it's great. An added benefit for runners is that almonds are loaded with Magnesium, which helps against cramping I believe.

    posted almost 3 years ago

  • I just tryed making it this moring for the first time. Not bad at all. I think i could get used to it, but i'm not sure my family would go for it. They did however love the almonds toasted. If that's how i can get them to eat almonds.. then i'm all about it! Thanks for posting this web site.

    posted almost 3 years ago

  • I like both almond and pb BUT peanuts can be tainted with fungus b/c they grow underground. I have read several reports on this recently, I'm sure they could be found easily on internet. I stay away from pb because of the fungus issue.

    posted over 2 years ago

  • Absolutely...I made the switch a few years ago (I always buy a pure one called "yum yum" it has a picture of a really scary looking squirrel on it). I am not sure how likely this is, but peanuts and peanut butter can contain "Aflatoxins" (very powerful carcinogen) whereas almonds and almond butter do not. I am sure there are only trace amounts in most PBs, but why risk it. I find almond butter beautifully and naturally sweet - great on a banana!

    posted over 2 years ago

  • Kind of surprised at how many are still concerned about cholesterol and saturated fat...

    If you are worried about cholesterol nothing is worse than excess carbs for driving up the trigs, and the VLDL (which is the truly bad stuff).

    Dietary cholesteral has very little impact on blood cholesteral as if you do not eat it, your body just makes it. In fact every cell in your entire body except nuerons can produce cholesterol as it wishes, it is that important.

    Of those who are "dietary cholesterol sensitive" the HDL and large fluffy (harmless) LDL tend to go up in equal amounts. Hence, no net harm and likely some benefit.

    I eat primarily a high fat, carnivorous diet, and my numbers are text book perfect. My doctor consistently refuses to believe me when I tell him what I eat.

    posted over 2 years ago

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