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Nut butters are great good-for-you-snacks, full of protein, healthy fat, minerals and vitamins. Almond butter is delicious, trendy and, er, expensive. Peanut butter is delicious, inexpensive and frankly not that stylish. Is there a big difference, nutrient wise? I was curious so had a look online. This is what I learned via Nuts-n-More:

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Peanuts are known for some incredible health benefits, such as,

1) Their high monounsaturated fat content. This is the good type of fat that you might find in a Mediterranean diet. These fats help lower the bad cholesterol and increase the good cholesterol.

2) They are nutrient dense. Those little nuts are full of great things such as folate, Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, magnesium, iron, potassium and so many more!

3) Peanuts are a great source of protein. Protein is essential for growth and development! Who doesn’t want to grow up to be big and strong?!

4) Peanuts are an excellent source of resveratrol. Resveratrol has been shown to protect against diseases such as cancer, heart disease, viral infections and more!

5) They improve the uptake of sugar into the blood. Yes, that little thing resveratrol that we just mentioned? Well, it also helps control how your body utilizes sugars and the growth of fat cells!

 

Some of the excellent health benefits of Almonds include:

1) They are a great source of phosphorus. Phosphorus helps improve the strength of our bones and teeth!

2) They help improve our immune system. They are a great source for alkali material which is known to strengthen our immune system and fight off disease!

3) They are a natural anti-inflammatory. Almonds contain two very important sources of fat, linoleic and linolenic. Since our bodies don’t produce these fats, we must get them from healthy sources such as almonds. These two fats help reduce inflammation in the body, something that is very common in humans today.

4) Regulate blood pressure. These little powerhouses are chock full of potassium, which helps keep your blood pressure in line.

5) They improve digestion. Almonds are loaded with fiber, which helps regulate the movement of food through the digestive system.

What’s your favourite? Share in the comments!</strong

photo credit: 10/22/11 – Almond Butter via photopin (license)

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