Does peanut butter bring down blood glucose? Can my husband eat peanut butter and nuts?
Increasing your physical activity level and eating a healthy diet are both very important for controlling blood glucose and improving cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and weight. Eating healthy means making smart food choices and also controlling portion sizes. Tell your husband to keep it up - he’s on the right track to better health!
There is no “magic” food or drink that works in the body to bring blood glucose down. So, peanut butter should not be eaten for that purpose. Following a diabetes meal plan and exercising can help your husband bring down his average blood glucose level over time. If his physician prescribes him any diabetes medications, he needs to take those as directed. Diabetes medications help to bring blood glucose down as well.
Nut butters like peanut butter and almond butter are healthy food choices. They are obviously made from nuts, which are also a healthy food choice. Nut butters and nuts provide protein and are a good source of healthy unsaturated fats. Nuts are very low in carbohydrate, and peanut butter can vary in how many grams carbohydrate it has per serving.
Choosing low- or reduced-fat peanut butter is fine if you are trying to follow a lower fat diet. However, most of the fat that is removed to make low-fat peanut butter is healthy unsaturated fat, not the unhealthy saturated fats. Reduced sugar peanut butter is also a good option if you are looking for a lower-carb choice. You should know, however, that regular, low-fat, and reduced sugar peanut butter all have about the same number of calories per serving.
You may have seen natural peanut butter in the grocery store. Natural peanut butter varies by brand in terms of its ingredients and nutrition information. You should always check the label when meal planning. Even most natural peanut butter will have some carbohydrates.
No matter which type of peanut butter you choose, portion control is extremely important since peanut butter is so dense in calories. You get almost 200 calories from a serving of 2 tablespoons! Nuts are no different – they are high in fat and dense in calories. You probably don’t need more than a handful of nuts for a snack or about ¼ cup.
Most importantly – use the nutrition label on the peanut butter and nuts that you buy. It can help with carbohydrate counting, and also has information about serving size, calories, fat, sodium, etc.
A note on nuts: They have very little carbohydrate, so they will not cause blood glucose to rise. Eating nuts raw or dry roasted without salt instead of salted or specially flavored (like chocolate-covered or honey roasted) is the healthiest option. It sounds like your husband is doing that, so he has made a good choice!
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