061216 "Almond VS. Peanut Butter.. The Battle"

So its fall/winter time and its time to make certain strength gains. Going to the Nut Butters is one way to add extra calories and protein to your diet in between your otherwise smart eating plan. Not only are the nut butters easy to find and super easy to consume, but they work! I have seen lifters PR, atheltes gain weight... the proof is in the ... well, Butter. 

But the conflict remains. Which is better for you? So I have broken the facts down for you in simple terms;

Fat) Both are highly regarded for their fat content. The difference is in the chemical composition of the fat. Peanuts are high in Saturated fat; the type of fat that is frowned upon in red meat and butter. Saturated fat is necessary and not a bad thing when consumed in moderation. Almonds on the other hand have a higher level of monounsaturated fat which is the type of fat that helps lower cholesterol and is generally 'better for you. 

Protein) Both butters have relatively the same amount of protein, coming at around 7 grams per serving. Vegetarians rejoice in this number given that it is roughly the same amount as 1 egg. But as we all know, plants protein simply does not match up to the nutritional value of animal protein . The good thing about both is that this protein is a good 'gainer' for those trying to get to "BULK PONY" stage during the winter. 

Vitamins) Almond Butter is generally less processed and simply more nutritionally packed than peanut butter; so Almonds totally win in this area. In Fact, Almonds have double the amount of Vitamin E and Magnesium, than Peanut Butter. When it comes to overall fiber content, they both equal out but when looking at the pasteurizing process and processing of Peanuts, there is a difference in quality.

Sugar) Peanut Butter comes in all types just as Almond Butter does. Both nuts are born with natural sugar contents that are higher than other nuts. This is what makes them so pleasing to our culture... SUGAR! Since we are concerned with minimizing sugars, try to go for the 'no sugar added' variety and get the best calories they have to offer instead of the sugar fillers. 

One thing is for sure. The battle continues but I wanted to shed some light on some of the similarities and differences between the two. Almond Butter is slightly more nutritional than peanut butter and since we are BY NO MEANS looking to have either be the cornerstone of our nutrition, I say find a butter and a brand that you like... and go with it. Good Luck bringing out the BULK PONY this winter. Keep eating smart and the results will come. Food is fuel, always remember that!. 

Leg Swing
Elbow To Instep
Single Leg Toe Touch
Iron Cross

Dumbbell Bent Over Row
Dumbbell Standing Toe Touch
GHD Hip Extension

Skill Development:
Kettlebell Deficit Deadlift

Super set each set with 12 GHD Sit Ups

:30 Lateral Med Ball Throws 'L'
:15 Rest
:30 Lateral Med ball Throws 'R'
:15 Rest
:30 L- Hang CHIN UPS
:15 Rest

Repeat for 4 Total Rounds