2. Health Considerations for Nut Butter Fans
Allergies and sensitivities aren’t the only health considerations for those who love eating nut butters. A toxic substance called aflatoxin has been found in trace amounts in peanuts, corn and other tree nuts. Poisonous aflatoxin comes from Aspergillus fungi and can cause cancer.
The FDA regulates the amount of aflatoxin deemed safe to consume from these foods, plus the roasting process can help eliminate this chemical. However, a diet full of peanuts could still put people at risk for aflatoxin exposure. For this reason, consider varying your diet with different nut butters instead of eating peanut butter exclusively.
1. Costs and Conclusions
Almond butter and peanut butter are close competitors, but there’s a clear winner in the cost category. Peanut butter is usually cheaper, even when comparing organic brands.
Yet almond butter, with its extra calcium, antioxidants and healthy fat, might be a healthier choice by a very thin margin.
Whichever one you choose, remember to read the food labels for added ingredients and follow your doctor’s guidance about possible nut allergies when introducing nut butters into the diet for the first time.