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Peanut Butter or Almond Butter? Which Is Better? You Decide...

Be it almond butter or peanut butter, both prove to be beneficial in many ways. Here are some of the benefits of both the butter forms:

Peanut Butter

One of the health benefits of peanut butter is the amount of fiber found in each serving. Peanut butter as approximately 1.6 grams of fiber per tablespoon. The fiber is helpful in maintaining a health colon and also contributes to helping the body regulate blood glucose levels and fight bad cholesterol. Fiber can also help minimize the chances of developing colorectal cancer. In order to boost these benefits of peanut butter slightly, it is a good idea to go with one of the organic or natural brands sometimes found in regular grocery stores nowadays, but more typically found at health food stores.

Another benefit of peanut butter is the relatively high amount of protein found in each serving. Protein is necessary to build muscle and keep the body strong. The presence of protein in peanut butter makes it a much better choice for a quick snack. One tablespoon of peanut butter typically has 3.9 grams of protein. Peanut butter is also a rich source of a flavonoid called resveratrol, also found in red wine. Resveratrol helps improve blood flow to the brain, therefore minimizing the chances of getting a stroke. Resveratrol also has anti-microbial properties that help the body deal with bacteria.

Because of the fat content, there is the perception that peanut butter is not the best spread option. The truth is that the fat in many brands are monounsaturated-which is better for your heart and preventing heart disease. This means it is gentler on the body and may in fact help with keeping bad cholesterol at bay. While it is still a good idea to enjoy peanut butter in moderation, there is no real reason to avoid it due to the amount of fat in the product

Almond Butter

Although peanut better and jelly are great on a slice of whole grain bread, it’s always good to add variety to the diet, and almond butter is a healthy and satisfying alternative. Although it is more expensive than peanut butter, it is rich in flavor and fiber-each tablespoon contains approximately 2 grams!

Almond butter is an excellent source of monounsaturated fats, the heart-healthy type that helps to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Another way that almond butter helps to lower cholesterol is through the plant sterols that almonds and other nuts contain. Almond butter is also known for its antioxidant qualities. It is a rich source of vitamin E and also consists compounds that prevent oxidative stress and help in maintaining a healthy heart by preventing LDL oxidation (LDL oxidation can lead to clogging of arteries

Almond butter is an excellent source of three important minerals that lower blood pressure – calcium, potassium, and magnesium. These minerals work in conjunction with one another to reduce the resistance in blood vessels and keep the blood pressure under control. Even though nut butters like almond butter and peanut butter are high in calories, studies have shown that nut lovers are less likely to be overweight than those that avoid nuts. This may be due to the high protein and fiber content which lead to a sense of satiety, as well as the large quantity of monounsaturated fats.

A little almond or peanut butter mixed in some oatmeal or spread on whole grain bread or a piece of fruit can make for a quick and healthy breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack that really satisfies!



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