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    I was at the store yesterday, and figured that I would maybe see if I could switch my son over to Almond Butter instead of Peanut Butter.

    OK... it's more expensive... I can deal with that... but let's see what I am getting. I was a little surprised that the label did not reveal any large nutritionall advantage to the Almond Butter over Peanut. From memory:

    Almond butter is higher in calories, slightly higher in carbs, lower in fiber, lower in protien.

    I did like the fat content, and it's makeup (Saturated/Poly/Mono) better in the almond butter over the peanut butter, but that didn't really tip the scale when considering the other macros.

    What am I missing?

  • #2
    Peanut butter is a legume not a true nut butter. Legumes are things that most paleo folks try to avoid. Peanut butter has more allergic and anti-nutrient properties. Almonds are pretty much harmless but in excess they will throw off your n3:n6 ratio.
    "If man made it, don't eat it" - Jack Lallane

    People say I am on a "crazy" diet. What is so crazy about eating veggies, fruits, seafood and organ meats? Just because I don't eat whole wheat and processed food doesn't make my diet "crazy". Maybe everyone else with a SAD are the "crazy" ones for putting that junk in their system.

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    • #3
      Personally, I don't think you're missing much. Yeah, peanuts are a legume and therefore technically not primal, but so are green beans, and they're pretty widely accepted. Also peanuts get a bad rap for being potentially contaminated with alfatxoin, but I'm pretty sure this applies to other foods too. I eat small amounts of peanut butter every now and then and don't feel any more guilty about it than I do when eating any "true" nuts. I try to limit them all since they are so high in PUFA.

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      • #4
        Almond butter is nutrionally superior.

        When my kids were little (and I had a real say in their diets lol), I used almond butter.

        Nutritional Comparison of Peanut Butter and Almond Butter


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        • #5
          WHat they said....

          But it does not taste like peanut butter and takes some getting used to. It is good in it's own way.
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          • #6
            If you look up the omega-6 level in peanuts you'll find it's an order of magnitude greater than everything else. If you care about keeping your O6 to O3 ratio in check, avoid peanuts.

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            • #7
              Because it's tasty!
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              • #8
                Take the almond butter, mix some palm shortening in along with a heavy dosage of cinnamon. Eat with dark chocolate. I... am terribly sorry for the inevitable addiction that follows.
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                • #9
                  Barring any allergy you might have, there is no real reason to avoid peanut butter and buy almond butter if you prefer the former. All nuts, seeds, and legumes are suboptimal foods, so eat whichever one you enjoy the most and limit your consumption of it.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by yodiewan View Post
                    Personally, I don't think you're missing much. Yeah, peanuts are a legume and therefore technically not primal, but so are green beans, and they're pretty widely accepted. Also peanuts get a bad rap for being potentially contaminated with alfatxoin, but I'm pretty sure this applies to other foods too. I eat small amounts of peanut butter every now and then and don't feel any more guilty about it than I do when eating any "true" nuts. I try to limit them all since they are so high in PUFA.
                    I agree with this. Unless the OP notices an increase in inflammation after eating PB, or eats it in large amounts... I don't think it's that big of a deal. :shrug:
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                    • #11
                      Almond butter is not any more ideal than peanut butter. I personally avoid both.

                      Primal people think almonds are ok just because they are not a grain or legume. This is a good starting point but we then need to dig a little deeper. If grok found some almonds how many would he eat? I am guessing not many. He would have to crack them all open. After a while he would probably think its not worth the hassel. Killing a large animal is "easier" when you factor in how much food it provides.

                      Aside from that... almonds are high in omega 6 and contain A LOT of phytic acid (more than grains!). Thankfully most of the phytic acid is in the skin as far as I know. I buy blanched almonds and do just fine with them. I can feel the PA tearing up my gut if I eat just 5 or so.

                      When I am not making smoothies for my smoothie eBook I limit nuts to 1 oz per day. Macas are my favorite due to the low 06 at just .36 grams per 1 oz serving.


                      Peanuts vs Almonds - You make the choice. If you can't justify spending the extra bucks then stick with the PB. Just eat it less since its not an optimal food. Eat more avocados.
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                      • #12
                        Try cashew butter for a treat, or better yet try MACADAMIA nut butter! It's devine.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by lil_earthmomma View Post
                          Try cashew butter for a treat, or better yet try MACADAMIA nut butter! It's devine.
                          +1
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by lil_earthmomma View Post
                            Try cashew butter for a treat, or better yet try MACADAMIA nut butter! It's devine.
                            +1
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                            • #15
                              If you're looking for something a little better than regular peanut butter that is still essentially peanutty, try the "natural" JIF. It tastes just like regular JIF but it has palm oil instead of soybean oil (yay!) and less salt (yay!)
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