Just a few years ago, Peanut Butter was your only option when it came to ‘nut butter.’ Never did we imagine a world full of amazing, nut-buttery spreads to choose from! Now, you can get anything from Sunflower Seed butter to Almond butter and beyond, which for most of us can become quickly overwhelming. So how are you supposed to know, which nut butter you should use to slather your snacks? And are all of these new nut butters healthy? And all that they’re cracked up to be?
The truth is that it’s really just a matter of preference. Though nuts slightly differ in caloric value, nutriment and antioxidant properties, most nuts butters have an average of 180-200 calories per serving (1oz) (READ our guide to the healthiest nuts). Nut butter has a great balance of healthy fats, protein, and fiber that can help with weight loss (if eaten in moderation), and prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. ). Nut butter also provides key vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin E, Calcium, and Magnesium, which can improve overall health and wellness.
The simple rule is to find the nut butter with the simplest ingredients. Organic nut butters with lightly added salt, and that keep additives to a minimum are always the best choice. So let’s break down some specifics about the best nut butter, so you can find what nut butter will work best for your taste buds and fitness goals.
There’s a reason why peanut butter ruled the nut butter kingdom for years. It’s because it’s delicious and it always will be. No matter if it’s creamy or crunchy, peanut butter is here to stay and for good reason (READ more about the health benefits of peanut butter). Peanut Butter contains more protein per serving than any other nut at 8g and contains over 200 mg of potassium per serving. Not only that, peanut butter has 3 mg of Vitamin E for healthy skin and 49 mg of bone-building magnesium. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that consuming 1-ounce of peanuts or peanut butter at least 5 days a week helps lowers the risk of developing diabetes by almost 30%. Do I need to give you more reasons to indulge in this deliciousness? (We recommend ADAMS No Stir)
When it comes to healthy snacks, almonds are considered the super snack. But is almond butter healthier than peanut butter? Almond butter isn’t healthier than peanut butter they’re just different. Like peanut butter, almond butter contains healthy amounts of Vitamin E, Magnesium, healthy monounsaturated and fiber. Almonds do contain a slightly higher amount of many of the same vitamins and minerals such as a Vitamin E, which contains (36% of your daily recommend value to be exact) Almond butter is also the highest in healthy fats with about three more grams per serving of healthy monounsaturated fats as compared to peanut butter. Almond butter also contains copper and calcium, which helps in brain cell communication, muscle function, and nervous system function.
Although Almond Butter has slightly higher vitamin contents, it is significantly more expensive than peanut butter and If you love peanut butter, you might have a hard time with Almond Butter. The consistency is very different, and the taste well, we’ll let you decide for yourself. But, I would have to say that RX Bars Vanilla Almond Butter is pretty delicious. 1 egg white, 18 almonds, ½ date, NO B.S.
Cashew Butter contains about half the sugar than peanut butter, but it also contains much less protein per serving at 5.6 g. Cashew butter has a very smooth, rich and sweet taste which provides a great alternative to peanut butter, especially when adding it smoothies and protein shakes. If you have a sweet tooth and don’t want the extra sugar, Cashew butter is a great alternative.
Sunflower Butter aka Sun Butter
Sunflowers seeds have added a whole new element to their game. Like most nuts and seeds, Sunflower Butter is very similar to other nut butter nutritionally. High in protein, magnesium, vitamin E, and healthy fats, Subutter provides another alternative to slather on your apples or celery and is great for people who have nut allergies.
What Are The Healthiest Nut Butters?
Check out this comparison below and see if your nut butter is all that its cracked up to be!