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Peanut Butter Vs. Almond Butter: Which is Healthier?

Making your own nut butter is remarkably easy!

If there are two staples of my pantry, they are peanut butter and almond butter. I’m obsessed with nut butters – and for good reason! They’re delicious and nutritious.

Rich in heart-healthy fats, nut butters are loaded with protein, fiber and other vitamins and minerals. And there’s plenty of science to back up the health benefits. According to a study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, individuals who eat a diet high in foods like peanut butter are more likely to keep weight off than people following a lower-fat diet. Researchers at Purdue University also found that people feel fuller and eat less after snacking on peanut butter than other foods.

In other words, nut butters are totally deserving of our love. In fact, I even made a video with five healthy peanut butter snack ideas.

Though peanut butter is the most popular of the nut butters, it’s not the only game in town; almond butter is quickly gaining popularity. Both nut butters are delicious, and so the question becomes: Is peanut butter or almond butter a healthier choice?

The truth is, there isn’t a huge nutritional difference between the two. When reading the nutrition labels of peanut and almond butters, you’ll see a number of similarities including calories, fat, fiber and protein. The bigger difference occurs in the micro-nutrients wherein almond butter is richer in Vitamin E, magnesium, calcium and iron. Almond butter has a slight nutritional edge – and it’s also a great alternative for individuals with peanut allergies.

More importantly, pay attention to the ingredients. Nut butters should only contain nuts as an ingredient. Avoid products with added sugar, salt or hydrogenated oils. Only buy pure nut butter – or, even better, do what I do and grind your own! It’s easy and fun.

Though almond butter is slightly healthier, it’s worth noting that it tends to come with a heftier price tag. A jar of almond butter may be 2 – 3x more expensive, so it’s not always the perfect fit for every budget. Nonetheless, it does make for a delicious and healthy splurge.

Which do you prefer? Peanut butter or almond butter? Let me know in the comments below!