Similar to potatoes vs. sweet potatoes, some people opt for almond or another kind of nut butter over peanut butter because they’ve heard it's healthier. Keep in mind, it's not just about how many calories are in nut butter, but figuring out how nutrient-dense it is!
Nut butter is a great way to add some nutrients and some healthy fats to your diet. The chart below has the comparison based on 1 tbsp or 16g.
Jif Natural Peanut butter
Justin's Almond butter
calcium, potassium, vitamin e, vitamin B3
calcium, iron, potassium
So the breakdown:
Macro and Calorie-wise they're very similar
They're also similar micronutrient wise, but almond butter has more calcium
They're both high in healthy fats - monounsaturated fats are known for reducing heart disease risk and helping to control blood sugar. Peanut butter has more saturated fat.
So what's the verdict?
They're pretty similar, so choose whichever one you like better! Just be sure to weigh it, the serving size is smaller than you’d think!
For help with deciphering nutrition labels, check out this post