Cashew or Almond Butter?

Answered on April 21, 2017
Created December 27, 2014 at 9:17 PM

 Hi, I was looking for some healthy paleo treat and I think, that nut butter is the way. 

I have a choice between Almond and Cashew butter, but I'm not really sure which one I should choose. 

First, I'm looking at the taste. Cashew butter is obviously sweeter, which is win (but it has more sugar and it almost lacks fiber... that is unwanted, as I try to be on ketogenic paleo). Almond butter, on the other hand has less carbs and A LOT of fiber, but I've heard, that it tastes like peanut butter...

And I hate the taste of peanut butter so much! :D 

But also, cashews have more saturated fat! :(

I'm really confused and I don't know which one I should choose. There's a risk that I will hate the almond stuff, but I can love the cashew one so much, that I will overeat. :'D

Can you change my mind with some facts, please? 

PS: Sorry for my English, I'm not a native speaker.

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on December 28, 2014
at 05:48 AM

Almond Butter for sure. Cashews are technically a legume so they arn't even a nut. Try some almond butter on an apple and you'll see how good it is. Also, it is alot better for you (as you pointed out yourself). Other alternatives are pepita butter and sesame butter. 




on December 28, 2014
at 11:47 AM

Thank you. :)



on December 28, 2014
at 03:58 PM

I wouldn't consider either of those "healthy."  In very small amounts, they're fine, but it seems you're looking for snacks, which in general aren't healthy, and are an indication improper meals, or blood sugar regulation issues.  i.e. you didn't eat enough at your meals, or are still mainly a carb burner.


Consuming nuts in large amounts, either more than a handful a day, or in the form of nut butters will lead to fat gain.


The bigger issue here is one of economics.  The nice pretty, clean, undamaged nuts are sold roasted or raw.  The ugly broken, mold infested ones are made into butters, or sliced up into slivers or ground into flour.  So you're far more likely to wind up consuming something contaminated by aflatoxins or other molds.


If you were to make almond/cashew butter yourself from clean raw nuts, it would be fine.


Despite the other answer, cashews are technically not legumes, they are the fruit of a tree, therefore a nut or seed.  The only legume that's commonly called a nut is a peanut (well, unless you want to call the modern abomination called "soy nut" a nut, which it isn't). see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cashews


It's perfectly fine to eat cashews or almonds, raw, soaked, and dried/roasted would be preferred.  The commercially available roasted ones aren't as great because they're dry roasted and still have some antinutrients in them, though nowhere near enough to be harmful.


A better snack would be a slice of grassfed butter (or ghee), a piece of pemmican, or beef jerkey.  While the butter is mostly fat and very little micronutrients, the pure fat will cut down your appetite a lot faster and for longer than the same amount of fat found in a tablespoon of any nut butter.  The same would be true of pemmican.



on December 28, 2014
at 04:54 PM

Thank you for your answer!

I will use your advices for sure. :)


on April 21, 2017
at 02:51 AM

cashews are nuts. and no they do not use mold onfeated nuts to make n it butters. saturated fat is healthy when it's natural not when it's created through overprocessing. I believe "healthier" would be almond, but both are tasty treats, cashew is smoother and goes great I'm or with chocolate ;)

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