I don’t avoid peanut butter, but I prefer the vitamin/mineral content, as well as the fat breakdown in almond butter more.
While almond butter and peanut butter have roughly the same amount fat per tbsp – almond butter contains 50% more monounsaturated fat, which can help lower blood cholesterol levels.
On the other hand, peanut butter contains almost two times the Omega-6 fatty acids.
While all nuts contain a high amount of Omega 6’s, and Omega 6 is necessary for proper balance within the body – the problem is that a standard diet gets far too much omega 6’s and not enough omega 3’s (which is why your healthy fat sources should come from more than just nuts/nut butters)
An improper balance or excess amounts of Omega 6 can contribute to hormone imbalances, autoimmunity and promote chronic inflammation within the body.
How can you ensure a better ratio? By eating more omega 3s (chia seeds, fish oils etc) and less omega 6s (processed/fried foods etc) – you can reduce inflammation within the body and regulate neurological function and hormone production.