A lot of customers choosing from our smoothie menu often asked why we used almond butter over peanut butter in our recipes. After all, peanut butter is everyone's favourite spread and it's much cheaper than almond butter. We did use peanuts in some of our food and desserts but when designing smoothies we were trying to give you the best possible ingredients for your money. All nuts can be considered nutrient dense foods and both nuts are comparably high in protein and calories but here's why we picked almond butter over peanut butter:
- Almond butter is higher in calcium, fibre, magnesium, copper and iron than peanut butter.
- Peanuts can be inflammatory whereas almonds fight inflammation in most people.
- Peanut butter contains more saturated fat than almond butter.
- Almond butter contains almost double monounsaturated fat - which is thought to lower blood cholesterol levels.
- Peanuts are one of the most common food allergens so it made sense for us to use the nut that caused less reaction.
In terms of nutrition - almond butter is our clear winner! Saying that, it does make a much larger dent in your bank account and there's no fun in trying to be perfect and not enjoying what you love. Peanut butter is still nutritious and tastes insanely good so that's all we really need to know, but alternating your nut butters would be a good shout!
Side note: Both are pretty high in omega 6 and completely lacking in omega 3. This isn't ideal as it's pretty common to have unbalanced fatty acid levels. You're better switching over to seeds for omega 3 - flax and hemp being your best bet or an algae based DHA supplement for a better conversion rate.