|Posted by Karla M Turboclub20 on October 11, 2010 at 1:43 PM|
Great question and one that deserves a great answer, so I dove into the Internet, and this is what I found in order of worst to best:
To list cashew butter as the worst is really not fair, because if you can find it without any added oils it is quite comparable to both of the other butters. Unlike peanut butter and almond butter, cashew butter must be kept in the fridge after opening and is normally kept in the refrigerated section of the market, if you can find it at all. It has a little bit more saturated fat than peanut butter, and less fiber than peanut butter.
Peanut butter is next, and you do need to make sure you read the labels to make sure you are avoiding any unwanted additives. Peanut butter is rich in protein, fiber and fatty acids. Total calories, carbs, and fat grams per serving are equal to almond butter. It is also noticeably cheaper. The best peanut butter is natural, with no salt or other additives. It is pretty easy to spot the natural peanut butter as all the oil has separated to the top of the container and must be mixed.
If you can afford it, almond butter is your best choice. Almond butter has 26% more Vitamin E, 3% more iron, and 7% more calcium when compared to peanut butter. It is also higher in antioxidants, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus. What really puts almond butter in the “Best” category is that it has 50% more monosaturated fat and approximately 25% less saturated fat. In addition, almond butter does not contain any transfat.
Another reason that almond butter is better than it’s counterparts is that almonds are the only nut considered alkaline. All other nuts are categorized as acidic. There is research that suggests that consuming alkaline foods can enhance metabolism, increase energy levels and possible prevent illness.
Just a note: Don’t go throwing away all of your peanut butter after reading this. Peanut butter is a healthy and inexpensive protein source. It is also the cheapest and most abundant nut butter you will find in the store. Lastly, you may not like the taste of almond butter. I personally still consume both, though I consume almond butter 90% of the time.....
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