As I was munching down on my apple and almond butter today, I had a co-worker ask me what the difference was between almond butter and peanut butter and thus, this little post was born. 🙂
Personally, I eat all kinds of nut butters, including peanut butter. However, my nut butter of choice is definitely almond butter. (FYI- my favorite brand is Barney butter-yum yum yummy)
I figure there may be quite a few out there with the same question so I wanted to give you the low-down on what the main differences are.
1. Peanut butter has a higher mold content…this is because peanuts have a high mold content (which is why a lot of peeps have peanut allergies.)
2.Most peanut butter (unless it is the more expensive organic/natural brands) are loaded with hydrogenated oils and sugar, among other things-it has a pretty lengthy ingredient list. Almond butter has a short ingredient list. (For example Barney butter has almonds,evaporated cane juice,palm fruit oil, & sea salt.)
3. Almonds (and almond butter) are an alkaline food. Most other nuts, including peanuts are acidic. The amount of alkaline food vs acidic food in our diet greatly determines our health. It is vital that we maintain a balanced ph level in our bodies to remain healthy. Click here for further explanation of alakaline/acid foods & our bodies.
4. Both almond butter & peanut butter (remember-natural/organic-not the junkie-junk filled stuff we grew up on ;)) are beneficial to our health. Click here to see a short list of the different health benefits of both.
5. Cost-Obviously almond butter is more expensive than peanut butter however it is worth it if you are trying to maintain a healthy diet and stay away from junky-junk in your food. 🙂
Note: This is not professional diet advice. This is just what I have learned along the way. Also, I am not paid in anyway for my opinion here. 🙂