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Should You Buy Almond Butter or Peanut Butter?


Have you ever wondered the difference between almond butter and peanut butter (besides the obvious truth that they come from different nuts)? Do you ever wonder if you should be buying almond butter vs peanut butter when you drive your grocery cart down the aisle marked for jams, jellies, and jives? The answer you should be looking for is, whichever one gives you the most health benefits per spoonful. Neither one is bad, in fact we should be taking the word “bad” out of our food vocabulary and banish it for good. Not one food ingredient is bad, some foods just might be higher in vitamins, minerals or antioxidants, thus making it a better choice.

So back to the question, should we be choosing almond butter or peanut butter to smear across that slice of bread. Which one deserves to be harmoniously married to jelly and live a happily ever after?

Let’s look at the facts of the matter.. bring on the food science!

Can you tell the difference between the almond and peanut butter?


Peanut Butter vs Almond Butter

Per serving size (2 tablespoons), the average calorie count of either butter is around 189 calories. Furthermore, the average of either butter contains…

Looking at the bigger picture, these nut butters contain fat classified under the category of monounsaturated fat. These monounsaturated fats are known to be heart healthy fats because they contribute towards the synthesis of HDL “good” cholesterol and help to drive down LDL “bad” cholesterol. If you really want to know more about these fats and which ones are better for you, this article goes into more detail.


Comparing the Top 10 most popular

almond butters and peanut butters


I took the top 5 most popular almond butters and compared them to the top 5 most popular peanut butters looking specifically at the calories, sodium, sugar and protein content

After looking at the results, the bigger picture shows no significant difference between Almond Butter or Peanut Butter regarding these categories.

Maybe we need to look further into their micronutrient and vitamin profiles to claim a different trend. 



Why Choose Almond Butter?

Before I begin this section, I want you to know that nutrition facts DO NOT LIE to us. When making an informed decision at the grocery store, we must choose to acknowledge them in order to help us.

Almond Butter Nutrition Facts



Vitamin E

Calcium & Magnesium




Decisions, Decisions

I hope this helps you make a better informed decision about which butter to pick up the next time you’re hustling down the grocery store aisle. Like I said in the beginning of this post, neither butter is bad for you, it’s all about which one provides more heart healthy benefits per spoonful. If you’re looking for a great source of protein, one that has more vitamins and nutrients, you’re better off with an Almond Butter.

When choosing an almond butter, try to find one that uses no hydrogenated oils, added sugars or additional salt. The best almond butters out there are made from 100% dry roasted almonds.

When comparing prices, almond butter unfortunately tends to be a tad bit more expensive so remind yourself to go for quality rather than quantityI hope you enjoy your next spoonful of almond butter, happy chewing friends and…










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