Almond butter is a food paste made from almonds. Almond butter may be crunchy or smooth, and is generally "stir" (susceptible to oil separation) or "no-stir" (emulsified). Almond butter may be either raw or roasted, describing the almonds themselves prior to grinding. It is recommended that almond butter be refrigerated once opened to prevent spoilage and oil separation.
|Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)|
|Energy||2,648 kJ (633 kcal)|
|- Dietary fiber||3.7 g|
|- saturated||5.6 g|
|- monounsaturated||38.3 g|
|- polyunsaturated||12.4 g|
|Zinc||3 mg (32%)|
|Percentages are roughly approximated
using US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database
Almond butter is high in monounsaturated fats, calcium, potassium, iron and manganese. It’s considered a good source of riboflavin, phosphorus, and copper, and an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium, and fiber. Almond butter also provides dietary protein.
Comparison to peanut butter
Almond butter is an alternative to peanut butter for those with peanut allergies. It contains significantly more fiber, calcium, potassium, iron and manganese than peanut butter, and about half the saturated fat, although a slightly higher total fat content. Almonds are not legumes whereas peanuts are, so almond butter can be consumed by those looking to avoid legumes. Almond butter is also more expensive.
- Calories in Almonds
- http://www.ars.usda.gov/SP2UserFiles/Place/12354500/Articles/ADA10_SunflowerAlmondButter.pdf Sunflower Seed Butter and Almond Butter as Nutrient-Rich Alternatives to Peanut Butter
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