Thursday, January 7, 2010

peanuts vs. almonds

Hi Everyone [and welcome new readers!]-

It officially snowed in St. Louis last night. And when I say snow, I mean more than 1” [because that usually gets everyone all riled up around here]. No snow day, though…SLU is too hardcore for that business.

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After I posted about roasting almonds, Matt asked if they were nutritionally superior to peanuts. After doing a little research, here’s what I came up with:

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sources: almonds, peanuts, nutrition facts

:: takeaway points ::

  • both types of nuts offer nutritional benefits and have very similar macronutrient profiles
  • although sources I looked at linked both almonds and peanuts to food allergies, I think peanut allergies are more common
  • almond butter vs peanut butter: consider added sugars & oils
  • there is some concern that peanut butter contains levels of aflatoxin, which is linked to cancer, and I’m doing some more research to find out specifically about levels
  • also, I’ve read some conflicting information about the best temperature and time for roasting nuts to prevent oxidation and free radical formation…more info to come

Do you tend to choose almonds/almond butter or peanuts/peanut butter?

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28 comments:

  1. I tend to eat more almonds, and typically raw vs. toasted. I occasionally have roasted peanuts, but it's generally once a year.

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  2. Hm, I really like almonds, but I definitely prefer peanut butter, even the gross kind. Maybe I'll learn to like almonds more when I adopt my "nut snob" persona.

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  3. i love almonds way more than peanuts! but i like peanut butter better..weird, huh?

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  4. Great post! I really enjoy the taste of almonds more, I think, but peanuts and peanut butter are most definitely kinder to my wallet!

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  5. LOVE almonds and PB...i love them together thats even better!

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  6. I like them both - they both taste different to me so I don't think I could choose one over the other!

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  7. Very Interesting. I like both butters equally but in different ways. For toast: peanut butter and jam or almond butter and raw unfiltered honey. Butters are always one ingredient so sometimes I add a pinch of salt or maple syrup. Ants on a log is classic.
    Raw almonds are great but not a fan of raw or toasted peanuts especially in mixed nuts. The peanuts take over and make everything taste like peanuts. What about free radicals? JK, haha

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  8. I would really like to know what you find out about aflotoxins. I usually get PB with roasted peanuts, so maybe I'm safe? Very interesting.

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  9. During my Master's progam I did some research on aflotoxin and most of what I remember is what it is from peanuts in China (which I think I ate while I was in China), and I think less of a concern here, but I could be wrong, that was 2 years ago and way in the back of my memory.

    Also, they are from 2 different familys, since peanuts are legumes and almonds are tree nuts, which makes a pretty interesting difference between the two. I think both are yummy, particularly as PB and AB.

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  10. oh wow! this was great to see the comparison of peanuts to almonds! i always assumed that almonds were better for you but this definitely shows that for the most part they're equal! thanks girl :)

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  11. It has snowed about 3 inches, but all people in Columbus feel like it's SO MUCH SNOW! You know how we are, even the littlest bit of snow too much!! I was sliding all over in my car though, so I guess I am the same way, haha.

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  12. That's easy! Almonds+almond butter because I'm allergic to peanuts :)

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  13. i just saw your message emily, but unfortunately Im still trying to fight off a cold so will not be making it :( def next weekend.

    great post! i prefer almonds to peanuts & can't wait to make my own almond butter one of these days!

    see you soon!

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  14. Well, my first love was peanut butter, but I think I prefer almond butter now, though I still think blistered peanuts > roasted almonds. Thank you for the comparison---I didn't know almonds could prevent weight gain!

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  15. I eat peanut butter instead of almond butter (more affordable) but I eat almonds instead of peanuts (prefer taste).

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  16. great info! Thanks! Im actually a huge fan of almond butter and prefer it over peanut butter. (But I do love both) Have a great weekend!

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  17. i will and forever be a peanut butter girl. haha although cashew butter is really stealing the spotlight.

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  18. I tend to choose peanut butter over almond butter, mostly because of the price, but I don't really have a preference between peanuts and almonds.

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  19. I like almonds over peanuts, but I prefer peanut butter over almond butter. Weird huh?

    Thats for answering my question ;)

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  20. Both!! I love both of them in nut butter form, also! And I figure that they both have different nutrients, and are both healthy (+ keep me satisfied!) so I just eat whichever I'm more in the mood for. :) Or there's always the option of putting BOTH on that bowl of oat bran! (I have actually done this. My nut butter obsession is a little outta control!)

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  21. Great summary of the two with the comparisons. I love peanut butter and almond butter, but I eat more almonds than peanuts...rarely eat peanuts. I love almond butter and apple sandwiches! Yum!

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  22. The depth of your research always blows me away, like roasting temps. You're good at what you do, girl!

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  23. Im allergic to peanuts. That means no peanut oil, peanut butter, and the actual peanut! Instead of almond butter and Peanut butter I eat Soy Butter. My whole family said it tasted like peanut butter, and I believe them :). If your allergic to peanut butter like me try Soy butter it taste like Peanut butter!

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  24. I use Almond butter, almost daily as snack with my coffee. Reason? It beats all butters and oil in nutritional value. It has only 1 gram of saturated fat per 32 grams (serving). That beats even olive oil that has 2 grams of saturated fat per 14 grams (serving). My verdict? Expensive, but the lowest saturated non animal fat available - along with fiber and other valuable nutrients. There is nothing else like it in the market for the health conscious!

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  25. Great info! Could you do your thing with Soy Butter? When and if you ever have time...

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  26. Thank you for the nice chart! Very helpful!

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  27. If peanuts protect us from colon cancer, how is it that "peanut butter contains levels of aflatoxin, which is linked to cancer"? Peanut butter is made from peanuts; therefore, there seems to be a contradiction.

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