Metabolism Benefits: Almond Butter vs. Peanut Butter

There are a number of foods that can wreak havoc on your metabolism.

These foods that cause inflammation in the body which you may notice in the form of bloating, fatigue, digestive discomfort or more serious symptoms such as swelling and joint pain.
Even if you’ve never had digestive issues, inflammatory foods contribute to problems in digestion and nutrient absorption for nearly everyone.   They also slow down fat burning and disrupt hormones.

almond butter vs. peanut butter

There are (at least) 6 foods that are especially troublesome for metabolism.  Let’s start with what I think is a surprising one: peanut butter.

Peanut butter is considered healthy in terms of the protein and fat content, but the problem is that it is very high in omega-6 fatty acids.
We need to consume Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids in a 1:4 ratio, but most Americans are consuming them in a 1:25 ratio due to refined oils and other processed ingredients in our packaged food (and fast food).
Peanuts are also stored in moist silos which can cause them to grow a type of fungus called aflatoxins and these affect the health of your gut. It competes with probiotics (the good bacteria) which are essential for gut health. Peanuts are also a common allergen and linked to food sensitivities, leaky gut syndrome and a slow metabolism.

I love peanut butter and used to eat it every day! It’s definitely okay to include peanut butter in your diet, but aim for the natural, organic options or use alternatives if you eat nut butter every day.
Some of the best alternatives are to mix up your nut butters or switch to other nuts and/or sunflower seed butter. Almond butter is a particularly good alternative. It’s high in the amino acid L-arginine which increases human growth hormone production in your body and boosts metabolism.

Curious to learn more of the foods that affect your metabolism? Join me on a free webinar in two weeks.  Details to register are here.  If you can’t make it, you can register anyway and I’ll send you the recording.



Do you have a favorite nut butter?

Did you grow up eating peanut butter every day?

58 thoughts on “Metabolism Benefits: Almond Butter vs. Peanut Butter

    • Omega 3 vs Omega 6 in Milligrams
      •Macadamias – 60 vs 360
      •Almonds – 2 vs 3400
      •Hazelnuts – 20 vs 2200
      •Pistachios – 70 vs 3700
      •Brazil Nuts – 5.1 vs 5800
      •Cashews – 7 vs 2200
      •Walnuts – 2500 vs 10,100
      •Pine Nuts – 31 vs 9400
      •Pecans – 280 vs 5800

    • There’s no need to be fanatical – especially if your overall diet is clean – that’s the quickest way to orthorexia/anorexia.

      Eat nuts, they are healthy.
      Just don’t over-do it.

  1. Ack! I hate reading this. I do both peanut butter and almond butter ( both with only the nuts as ingredients) but my kids eat PB every day. I have yet to find a sunflower butter w/o added sugar–do they exist?
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  2. I’m glad I have made the transition to almond butter! Now that I’ve started eating the really fresh kind that I grind in the store I don’t think I could go back to nut butters with added sugar! When I started the Whole30 I really missed PB, but now that I am almost done with it I have realized its a food that I could definitely live without.
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  3. This is interesting and there are certainly some facts I never knew. I always thought peanut butter was one of the healthiest fats so thank you for clearing the air with that! I always enjoy your posts and everything I learn with them!
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  4. So interesting. We used to do lots of almond butter but ended up moving back to peanut because we eat so much of it. Time to switch back!

  5. I stick with natural organic PB when I do get it but usually do almond butter. I feel awful when I eat the junk PB plus I feel I crave more of it and eat huge amounts!
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  6. I just read about this a few months ago, and it was eye opening for sure. We used to eat a lot, but we have switched over to almond and some cashew. I guess the name peanut is really a misnomer, because they are actually a legume. This article has so much great information Laura. I am definitely pinning this, so that when clients ask about it I can refer them here. As always, nice work! Have a great weekend.

  7. I just learned this last year and switched over to almond butter. I actually love almonds and have never really been a peanut butter fan. Extra bonus? We send our son to school with almond butter & jelly sandwiches instead of PB&J because two of his classmates have a peanut allergy!
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  8. I love nutbutters! If I had to pick just one it would be almond. Happy I don’t have to 🙂

    I only started eating peanut butter last year. For some odd reason I didn’t like it until then. Strange right!
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  9. Was interesting to read more about the benefits of eating almond butter vs. peanut butter. As if I need more reasons to eat it! My family loves it! I actually have to hide the almond butter from my 3 & 5 yr. old girls cause they’ll get spoons and just eat it up!!!:)

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