Food Fight: Almond Butter vs. Peanut Butter

by in Food Fight, October 16, 2012

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Get revved up for the next Healthy Eats battle: almond butter versus peanut butter. These nuts butters are popular with folks young and old but which should you be putting in your shopping cart?

Almond Butter
Two tablespoons of almond butter has around 202 calories, 18 grams of mostly unsaturated fat, and 4 grams of protein. It’s an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium and manganese. It also provides fiber, calcium, iron, a few B-vitamins, potassium, and zinc.

The flavor of almond butter is comparable to peanut butter only nuttier and slightly richer. It’s a tasty alternative for those with peanut-only allergies.

A recent ABC News article also reported that two-time American Olympic medalist and beach volleyball player Kerry Walsh eats almond butter and honey sandwiches, especially before she competes.

There are a few cons when it comes to this nut butter. Some food manufacturers may add sugar, salt or hydrogenated oils in order to increase its shelf life. Read the ingredient list and choose the variety with the fewest ingredients and no additives.

A second con: almond butter isn’t as easy to find as peanut butter. You may need to go to a specialty food stores or ask your grocery store manager to order it. It’s also more expensive than peanut butter – organic varieties can run around 8 to 10 dollars per 15-ounce jar!

Peanut Butter
Two tablespoons of peanut butter has about 188 calories, 16 grams of mostly unsaturated fat, and 8 grams of protein. It’s an excellent source of niacin and manganese and a good source of vitamin E, magnesium and phosphorus.

You can easily find many varieties of chunky and smooth peanut butter on store shelves. Some are better than others. Reduced-fat peanut butter often has more sugar than their full-fat counterparts. Other peanut butters have added sugar, salt, or trans fats in order to add flavor or increase shelf life. Look for varieties that are as simple as possible — made from peanuts and a touch of salt.

Peanut butter is also much less expensive than almond butter running around 4 dollars per 15-ounce jar. Oftentimes, you can also find it on sale or buy in even cheaper in bulk. Check out these 10 ways to enjoy it!

See the results of our peanut butter taste test.

Healthy Eats Winner:
Peanut butter wins this face-off! Although both almond and peanut butter are comparable in calories and good-for-you nutrients, almond butter is just tougher to find and costs a pretty penny. Unless you have a personal need to purchase almond butter (like a peanut-only allergy)—there’s no need to shell out the extra cash. Just be sure to read the ingredient list in order to choose the healthiest nut butter.

TELL US: Who gets your vote: almond or peanut butter?

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Comments (70)

  1. Laura says:

    How can I choose??? I also really love peanut flour. It's just de-fatted peanuts, and is great to add to smoothies or make sauces with!

    Being a bulk eater, I used it along with almond flour to make a cinnamon-spiced low-fat nut butter you can eat by the spoonful guilt-free: http://www.sprint2thetable.com/2012/08/low-fat-pe

  2. guest says:

    I choose almond butter regardless to price. Always have. Tastier to me.

  3. @undefined says:

    Glad to hear the news. I eat a peanut butter sandwich darn near everyday!

  4. Yvette says:

    I purchase both. The peanut butter is creamier but I find the almond butter is more satisfying.

  5. marydz says:

    Costco carries almond butter at a very reasonable price. I like both.

  6. Ann W. says:

    I buy almond butter. Peanuts are a legume and a non-Paleo food. I also make my own raw cashew butter in my VitaMix. I will have to try macadamia nut butter soon too… because they have less than 1 gram of Omega 6 fats per ½ cup. Other nuts and peanuts have a higher ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fats. It's best to keep it less than a 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 to 3. I don't miss peanut butter one bit.

  7. Jen M says:

    We're a peanut butter family. It makes for a great snack in the afternoon with an apple or banana. Spread it on bread with some jam, and you've got an easy-to-tote lunch while hiking! PBJ all the way!

  8. Almond Butter says:

    Peanut butter is good but sometimes it's too thick. Alternatives like almond and cashew butter are very good as well as sunflower seed butter, which can be hard to find sometimes. Almond butter has a natural sweetness unlike peanut butter where a lot of sugar has to be added plus extra oil has to be stired in to peanut butter to thin it out.

  9. Thanks , I have just been looking for info approximately this subject for a while and yours is the best I have discovered till now. However, what about the conclusion? Are you positive about the source?

  10. Medifast says:

    Basically butter consisting of more calories so diet experts are suggest to avoid too much of consume butter, but in term of comparing both the butter Almond butter vs. Peanut butter both the butter formats are quite helpful for human consume, most probably peanuts are more helpful for ages and offers a better source of nutritious value.

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