Mr. Baldwin
By Mr. Baldwin Latest Reply 2011-03-30 18:14:53 -0500
Started 2011-03-26 08:55:16 -0500

I love peanut butter and eat it as a sandwich 2-3 times a day. Looking to see if this is bad for a diabetic.

34 replies

WendyFR 2011-03-30 00:15:11 -0500 Report

I love peanut butter as well. It doesn't do anything bad to my blood sugars, but like everything else you eat, I'm sure moderation is good. Still is fatty..

speak up
speak up 2011-03-29 07:51:03 -0500 Report

I like Peanut butter mixed with butter and sugar feer jelly, it looks gross but it is good! So far it has not raised my blood levels!

tabby9146 2011-03-28 15:00:13 -0500 Report

I experiment with various kinds of breads. I don't like pumpernickel though that is a bread suggested to us diabetics, I like rye a little. I like the Arnold Dutch Country the one that has less calories per slice, there are different Arnold whole wheat breads out there. they taste good. I just make sure they have no high fructose corn syrup.

tabby9146 2011-03-28 14:55:20 -0500 Report

I used to use the low sugar (splenda) kind that tastes good but now I will just find one that is just low sugar with no artificial sweeteners, after all it doesn't take two big tablespoons, I would only use one tbsp. I have tried all kinds of peanut butter, because I love it too, Jiff is my favorite, but too high in fat and calories. I have had the Natural kinds and trying still to get used to them. I eat only 100% whole wheat and some of that whole wheat and be very high in calories, so try to pick one that is lower. Some breads say wheat when it isn't whole wheat. It has to say that on the ingredient list. But you can certainly enjoy your PB&J just with the right choices.

Hopieland 2011-03-28 12:28:28 -0500 Report

This is awesome! I love PB & J but eat it only occasionally as the bread puts weight on me and that in turn increases my BG #s. I've discovered some really neat ways to use PB from you guys! I'm still learning to contain my penchant for the wrong foods. Tks for all the great tips! Who knew PB was so popular!

Hopieland 2011-03-28 12:26:08 -0500 Report

Ezekiel bread in health food stores is a good sprouted wheat bread. Also, for OTC bread, try Sara Lee's 100% whole wheat: only 13 carbs per slice, the lowest I've found in any of the stores near me.

tabby9146 2011-03-28 14:58:55 -0500 Report

I've heard of this Ezekiel bread a few times. I wll have to go to a health food store and check it out. What does sprouted wheat bread mean exactly?

Hopieland 2011-03-28 16:04:13 -0500 Report

The little I know is, sprouted wheat means the bud has opened and only the kernel is used, I think. 100% whole wheat on the other hand is the whole wheat head all ground up. The kernel itself alone, I believe has all the good nutrients. Ask a clerk at the health food store. They're very helpful to explain. Ezekiel bread is heavier in texture than regular wheat bread. It's feel is heavier and more course, but it tastes good.

Hopieland 2011-03-28 16:04:05 -0500 Report

The little I know is, sprouted wheat means the bud has opened and only the kernel is used, I think. 100% whole wheat on the other hand is the whole wheat head all ground up. The kernel itself alone, I believe has all the good nutrients. Ask a clerk at the health food store. They're very helpful to explain. Ezekiel bread is heavier in texture than regular wheat bread. It's feel is heavier and more course, but it tastes good.

northerngal 2011-03-28 10:46:54 -0500 Report

I love peanut butter and jelly. I use super chunky and sugar free jelly or jam on whole wheat. Its a good source of protein (instead of meats for heart health). I've also found that it doesn't spike the blood sugar nearly as much as other things can.

Keddiekilowatt 2011-03-27 14:52:08 -0500 Report

Like most people who posted I agree the you need to use the nutritional label on the jar of PB. Be aware of the carb, sugar & fat count. Go for the lowest number you can find. Eat only a single serving size and be careful what you put it on and on it. All these factors can spike your BS, so use your meter to learn what you can handle without raising your BS too high. Otherwise enjoy your PB.

Type1Lou 2011-03-27 14:04:55 -0500 Report

Peanut Butter is one of my MAJOR food groups! But I'll only buy the Natural PB made with peanuts and salt. Smucker's Natural is my brand of choice; I stir it after I open it then keep it in the refrigerator so I don't have to stir it up again.. Check the ingredients…some of the "Natural PB's" like Skippy Natural has sugar and palm oil added to it. Also, try to limit the carbs of what you put the PB on. I've had it on celery and on the crisp breads or thin sliced toast…or just by the spoonful. A typical lunch might be a sliced apple with PB on it or two slices of crisp bread w/ sugar-free jam and PB…around 30 g of carbs. As a special treat, try a spoonful on one square of really good chocolate for only 7 g carbs…satisfies that sweet craving and lots better than a Reese's PB cup. I go through a 26 oz jar of Smuckers every 2 weeks. YUMMMM!

1cookie :)
1cookie :) 2011-03-27 11:44:35 -0500 Report

Be sure to check the ingrediance for hidden sugar. Try to find an "all natural" selection. Sugar is natural too so again the lable is your friend. Natural types tend to seperate so you need to stir them with every use. I like bunny cakes suggestion about the whole grain pita. I like to eat it with a spoon. You know your servings better that way. When your spreading on something I tend to want to cover it all over; that gets me into trouble.

RAYT721 2011-03-27 03:30:39 -0500 Report

The most important thing to consider is what the food labels say on your bread and peanut butter label and what else you are eating besides being on a peanut butter sandwich diet. The labels will mention carbs which is important to diabetics but also consider fat, calories, sodium, additive ingredients and the other information on the labels … and don't forget that little box that reads "serving size." Let's face it… it's important to eat but also important to use common sense. Let your meter be your guide!

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-03-26 19:18:04 -0500 Report

I like to eat two table spoons of peanut butter with some fruit every so often, it makes for a yummy bedtime snack to keep my morning numbers down.

The bread is where you run into trouble, when I want a peanut butter sandwich, or a PB+J I grab a nice whole grain pita and stuff the peanut butter or peanut butter and sugar free jelly in the middle. I can get my sandwich fix and not have to worry a lot about my blood sugars going crazy on me that way.

northerngal 2011-03-28 10:49:55 -0500 Report

Peanut butter on apples or bananas. Try it if you haven't already. Very tasty. Gotta be super chunky pb for me though. No creamy. Doesn't taste like peanuts then.

pkwillhoite 2011-03-28 12:06:46 -0500 Report

That is so good and I thought I was the only person that liked it.. My fmily looks at me like I am from outer space…

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-03-28 12:04:08 -0500 Report

Super chunky is my favorite as well and apples and bananas are my go to fruits for peanut butter. Both are easy on my blood sugar and very tastey even alone.

Armourer 2011-03-26 18:54:43 -0500 Report

PB is high calorie and high fat, and many brands are hydrogenated. For me it's the bread, even whole wheat that spikes my sugars.

Jennyw 2011-03-26 15:59:07 -0500 Report

When I want to eat Peanut Butter I eat the Skippy Natural Creamy For 2 TBSP it is only total Grams of Carb is 6

Type1Lou 2011-03-27 14:12:42 -0500 Report

Skippy "Natural"'s ingredients are "Roasted Peanuts, SUGAR, Palm oil and salt." Sugar is the 2nd most abundant ingredient there While both Smuckers Natural and Skippy Natural have 6 g of carb per 2 tbsp, the sugar contributes to 3 g of those carbs in the Skippy versus 1 g of carb in the Smuckers. I'm not sure how healthy the palm oil in the Skippy is either. I know that some just like the taste of the Skippy better but I prefer the taste and tecture of the Smuckers…it's wonderful that we have these choices!

squog master
squog master 2011-03-30 18:14:53 -0500 Report

Most BPs have soybean oil in them. Which means I can't have them as I am allergic to soy. I don't understand why they just don't use peanut oil. What would be more natural than that?

squog master
squog master 2011-03-26 19:56:41 -0500 Report

That's what I use too. sometime on whole wheat bread. But mostly w/ celery & baby carrots & occasionally apple slices.

Type1Lou 2011-03-30 17:19:10 -0500 Report

I've recently re-introduced apples into my diet and lunch is one apple, sliced and slathered with Smucker's Natural PB…YUMMMMM!

MewElla 2011-03-26 09:10:34 -0500 Report

Due to lower blood sugars, before bedtime snack for me is a graham cracker with 1 tspn of pnt butter. Pnt butter is slow to digest and helps me thru the nite to have lower test #'s in the morning. I do limit ther pnt butter to this amt daily, for me, as it is high in fat and calories.

S-cape 2011-03-26 09:06:02 -0500 Report

The most important thing is to use low GI bread. Peanut butter is fairly high in calories, so take that into account in your daily tallies.

Mr. Baldwin
Mr. Baldwin 2011-03-26 18:49:10 -0500 Report

Low GI bread?

S-cape 2011-03-27 09:16:21 -0500 Report

Sprouted grain breads have lower carbs and low glycemic index. Pumpernickel bread is lower GI, but it doesn't sound like a peanut butter sandwich to me. Whole grain breads are also lower GI, but not as low as sprouted grain breads.

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