Difference between almonds and peanuts
almonds and peanuts:
It would be safe to say that almonds and peanuts are indeed two of the favorite and not to mention healthy snacks that has ever been. Whereas both contribute towards foot allergies such as allergies to nuts, both possess very distinct features both in appearance and taste which makes it easier to differentiate the two. Therefore, this article is going to take a look in to the nutritional as well as some other factors which give these two nuts their uniqueness of being.
What is an almond?
The almond is the seed of the almond tree which is also known as Prunus dulcism Prunus amygdalus Batsch., Amygdalus communis L., Amygdalus dulcis Mill. It is known to be one of the most nutritious as well as most delicious nuts in the world. The almond tree is a tree that is native to the Middle East and South Asia and it is the seed of this tree that is extracted from an outer hull and a hard shell that one enjoys as a blanched and salted snack, the almond.
In botanical terms, the almond fruit is not a nut, it is a drupe, a fleshy fruit in which one finds the nut, the almond. Almonds carry high levels of vitamin E, selenium and manganese and they also encourage a better performance of the parathyroid gland which in turn secures an individual with strong bones. Almonds are generally considered to be sweet but one can find a few bitter almonds too in a tree. The extract of these bitter almonds used to be used as a medicine, but due to the fact that even a small dose can cause a severe reaction and also the fact that large doses can be deadly, they are not used anymore. These bitter almonds are slightly broader and shorter than the sweet almond which makes them easier to recognize.
What is a peanut?
The peanut, also known as a groundnut or Arachis hypogaea is considered as a legume which belongs to the bean family. Therefore, unlike the almond which is considered as a nut, the peanut is not considered as a nut but as a legume. Peanuts bear so many names such as earth nuts, ground nuts, goober peas,monkey nuts, pygmy nuts and pig nuts and this enormous collection of local names rival the popularity of almonds between the locals.
Peanuts are known to be rich in the vitamin B, particularly B1, B3, B5, B6 and B9 except the vitamin B2.
Peanuts are eaten raw, used in recipes and even used in peanut butter, a staple in many households. While peanut oil is used for cooking, peanut flour is used as a gluten-free solution and boiled and roasted peanuts are a popular snack all over the world, specially in countries such as the southern United States, as well as in India, China and Ghana.
Differences between almonds and peanuts
Whereas the almond is considered as a nut, a peanut is considered as a legume. And although peanuts have lesser sugar and fiber percentages, a peanut is considered to have more carbohydrates, proteins and fat content than almonds. Almonds on the other hand are richer in other vitamins and minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium while they also offer a higher energy level to the consumer of approximately 578 kcal per 100g as opposed to peanut’s 570 kcal per 100g.