Is Peanut Butter Good for Diabetes?? Increases Blood Sugar??Can Diabetics Take it Everyday??

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Dr. Pakhi Sharma, MBBSGeneral Physician, 6+ Years
Published On : 24-Sep-2021Read Time : 2 minutes
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Peanuts, also known as groundnuts, belong to the legume family. They have a  nutritional combination of healthy fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals. If you arex confused with questions like- Are peanuts good for diabetes? What are peanuts' health benefits and risks? Is groundnut good for diabetes? This article answers them all.

Contents:
  • Peanut Butter: Nutritional Profile
  • Advantages of Peanut Butter for Diabetes Patients
  • Ways to Consume Peanut Butter
  • Risks of Over Consumption Of Peanut Butter
  • Other Health Benefits of Peanut Butter
  • Don’t Have Time To Read?
  • FAQs

Peanut Butter: Nutritional Profile

Diabetic patients can consume food items that are low or medium in glycemic index. The glycemic index of peanuts is only 13 and that of peanut butter 12, making it a healthy choice for diabetic patients.

Doctors suggest peanut butter for diabetics because 2 tablespoons of peanut butter contain:

Calories

207 grams

Fat

18 grams

Fiber

3 grams

Sugars

1 grams

Protein

9 grams

Carbohydrates

6 grams

It is also rich in manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and vitamins (E, B3, B6 and B9).

Advantages of Peanut Butter for Diabetes Patients

  • Consuming peanut butter in the morning can control your blood sugar for the rest of the day.
  • Carbs in peanut butter are also only 20 grams for two spoons full.
  • Peanut butter contains magnesium which helps lower sugar levels.
  • Peanut butter is low in glycemic index, and therefore, prevents the spike in blood sugar. 

Ways to Consume Peanut Butter

  • You can mix peanut butter with your oats.
  • You can mix peanut butter into your smoothie.
  • You can alternate peanut butter for butter.

Peanut butter has a low glycemic index; therefore, you can indulge in 1-2 tablespoons per day. Choose a sugar-free peanut butter for diabetes patients. Diabetic patients can consume peanut butter in the morning.

Risks of Over Consumption Of Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a high-calorie food. Overconsumption can lead to obesity which is harmful to diabetic patients.

Other Health Benefits of Peanut Butter

  • Peanut butter is full of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are good for heart health.
  • Peanut butter reduces the risk of benign breast disease (BBD) in women.
  • Peanut butter protects against neurological diseases.

Don’t Have Time To Read?

  • Peanut butter is low in glycemic index, and therefore, good for diabetics.
  • Magnesium in peanut butter helps reduce blood sugar.
  • Peanut butter can be mixed with oats and in smoothies.
  • Overconsumption of peanut butter can lead to obesity which is bad for diabetics.
  • Peanut butter can reduce neurological problems.
  • Use Phable Care App to consult India's leading diabetologists, order medicines, book lab tests, integrate Accu-Chek instant and other devices to get real-time remote care from the comfort of your home. Let's treat diabetes together.

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