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Almond butter is a food paste made from almond
Almond
The almond , is a species of tree native to the Middle East and South Asia. Almond is also the name of the edible and widely cultivated seed of this tree...

s. Almonds are high in monounsaturated fat
Monounsaturated fat
In biochemistry and nutrition, monounsaturated fats or MUFA are fatty acids that have one double bond in the fatty acid chain and all of the remainder of the carbon atoms in the chain are single-bonded...

s, which is a healthier form of fat than saturated fat
Saturated fat
Saturated fat is fat that consists of triglycerides containing only saturated fatty acids. Saturated fatty acids have no double bonds between the individual carbon atoms of the fatty acid chain. That is, the chain of carbon atoms is fully "saturated" with hydrogen atoms...

. Almond butter is an excellent source of Vitamin E
Vitamin E
Vitamin E is used to refer to a group of fat-soluble compounds that include both tocopherols and tocotrienols. There are many different forms of vitamin E, of which γ-tocopherol is the most common in the North American diet. γ-Tocopherol can be found in corn oil, soybean oil, margarine and dressings...

 and magnesium
Magnesium
Magnesium is a chemical element with the symbol Mg, atomic number 12, and common oxidation number +2. It is an alkaline earth metal and the eighth most abundant element in the Earth's crust and ninth in the known universe as a whole...

 and a good source of fiber
Fiber
Fiber is a class of materials that are continuous filaments or are in discrete elongated pieces, similar to lengths of thread.They are very important in the biology of both plants and animals, for holding tissues together....

. Almond butter also contains protein, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, and iron. There are many brands such as Mara Natha, which make almond butter as well as other types of nut butters. There are also brands, such as Barney Butter, which produce exclusively almond butter. There are different styles of almond butter, it can be either toasted or raw. The toasted almond butter has usually a richer taste than that of the mild flavour of the raw almonds used in the raw almond butter. Once the seal is cracked open, it is best to keep almond butter in the refrigerator, unlike peanut butter. This will prevent spoilage.
Almond butter contains protein
Protein
Proteins are biochemical compounds consisting of one or more polypeptides typically folded into a globular or fibrous form, facilitating a biological function. A polypeptide is a single linear polymer chain of amino acids bonded together by peptide bonds between the carboxyl and amino groups of...

 and essential (and non - essential) amino acid
Amino acid
Amino acids are molecules containing an amine group, a carboxylic acid group and a side-chain that varies between different amino acids. The key elements of an amino acid are carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen...

s. Almond Butter is also a good source of Omega 3 Acids, which benefit the heart. Omega 3 is also found in fish. Vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, folic acid, calcium, and fiber also all benefit our bodies, and are found in most almond butters.
Almond butter is an alternate choice for those who are allergic to peanuts. The calorie count and fat content is about the same in both types of butters, however the percent of saturated fat is lower in almond butter.