With all the unforgiving debates around “health food” going on, most people would easily give a palatable thumbs-up to almonds.
All the proteins, essential fatty acids, fibre, trace minerals, phytonutrients, vitamins and antioxidants – all punch packed into those tiny silvers of goodness.
What better way to pop in a few over-night soaked almonds into your mouth or eating a scoop of almond butter?
WHY ALMONDS? Let’s quickly round up the tick boxes:
Most nuts and nut butters are about the same in terms of calories per ounce. Two tablespoons of either peanut or almond butter contains just under 200 calories. However, all nut butters are considered high in calories relative to other foods, so go easy on that spread
This one’s a tie!
Both almond butter and peanut butter are high in monounsaturated fat, the type of fat linked to a reduction in heart disease and better blood sugar control. Nonetheless, a 2-tablespoon serving of almond butter contains roughly 25 percent more monounsaturated fat than the same amount of peanut butter.
Almond Butter Wins!
Vitamins and minerals
Almond butter is the front-runner again, once you look more closely at the vitamin and mineral content.
It contains nearly three times as much vitamin E, twice as much iron, and seven times more calcium than peanut butter. As an antioxidant, vitamin E helps stop the development of plaque in your arteries, which can narrow them and eventually cause a heart attack. Calcium supports the health of your bones, and iron is essential for your red blood cells.
Luckily, all nuts contain fiber. When it comes to fiber content, almond butter once again comes out on top compared to peanut butter. Two tablespoons of almond butter has roughly 3.3 grams of fiber, while 2 tablespoons of peanut butter has just 1.6 grams.
With so much going in favor Almonds – Why shouldn’t we go nuts?