By auntiecassie Latest Reply 2014-12-13 11:45:39 -0600
Started 2014-04-09 10:41:11 -0500

Does anyone have any thoughts on how nuts should affect my blood sugar? My nutritionist (who is not diabetes educated in my opinion) suggested adding nuts to my diet but they are so expensive I wanna make sure I'm not screw up my levels which have been really good lately!

22 replies

GabbyPA 2014-04-14 19:10:04 -0500 Report

Raw almonds are one of my go to snacks and they are great for your levels and so much more. You don't have to eat a lot of them to benefit from them, so for the price you can make them go a long way. I have some kind of nuts every day.

sandycard 2014-04-14 17:13:09 -0500 Report

Nuts!! The boring RAW NUTS are the only ones to eat. Walnuts and Almonds - 1/4 cup each evening will help to bring Triglycerides levels in-line. NUTS MUST BE MEASURED, a handful here and there add too many calories.

Kats49 2014-04-13 14:57:20 -0500 Report

If you eat nuts in small quantities they give you the added protein you need to keep your sugars in control.They are not a diet food because they are high in watch your quantities. i find that they give me a variety and they are easy to pack in my purse

auntiecassie 2014-04-12 09:32:34 -0500 Report

Thanks for all the helpful advice I'm going to pick up a couple different types and see how it goes :) I'm gonna try raw walnuts pistachios and pecans I don't like peanuts even though they are cheaper lol

Shawn Grant
Shawn Grant 2014-04-12 07:40:23 -0500 Report

Ask your glucose meter. If your glucose is too high then reduce portion. If still high don't eat.

Nuts in moderation can be a great snack. Problem is once people start snacking on them they don't stop and eat too many. Portion control is important with nuts.

jigsaw 2014-04-12 07:04:55 -0500 Report

I have been eating nuts as a snack for years. If I eat to many (very easy to do) than it will definitely raise my blood sugar, and cause weight gain. I avoid salted nuts as mentioned by Glucerna, and I keep the portion size much smaller than I would like.

jayabee52 2014-04-11 01:03:27 -0500 Report

AW NUTS! (just had to say it)

I should not eat nuts because of my kidney issues due to too much postassium in them. So if anyone has kidney issues eating nuts of any kind is a no no, no matter what other good things they have.

msann 2014-04-10 09:57:32 -0500 Report


Glucerna 2014-04-09 18:21:41 -0500 Report

Nuts certainly can be part of an overall healthy diet, and like others said look for ones that are unsalted and unflavored to avoid too much sodium. Portion size is key, because it's really easy to eat more than we realize. You might try adding nuts to a meal or snack and see if that affects your blood sugar levels. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Type1Lou 2014-04-09 17:06:53 -0500 Report

Nuts are my go-to snack of choice. They are relatively low-carb and packed full of good nutrients and fiber. About 23 whole almonds have 6 grams of carb; 6 Brazil nuts or 11 macadamia nuts have 4 grams; 14 walnut halves have 4 grams; 18 cashews have 9 grams and 49 shelled pistachios have 8 grams; 1/4 of dry roasted peanuts have about 9 grams.

jigsaw 2014-04-13 15:08:40 -0500 Report

So, do you take a count everytime you have some nuts? (-; I don't know, but I can just picture you sitting there taking a count. LOL!

Type1Lou 2014-04-13 16:55:05 -0500 Report

Believe it or not, I do. It's usually almonds, the sugar-free cocoa roasted or cinnamon roasted varieties marketed under the "Emerald" brand. (I have been accused of being bit "anal-retentive")

jigsaw 2014-04-13 20:55:59 -0500 Report

Those are delicious nuts! Last time I had them, I lost control, and ate too many. Simply put, I can't resist having just a few more ( over and over again ). As far as I'm concerned, if counting nuts is helpful, by all means you are very lucky! As for me, the only thing that helps is not buying large quantities. Not eating a huge amount of available cocoa almonds, would be almost as difficult as never looking at an attractive woman. Just can't be done.

Type1Lou 2014-04-14 07:33:40 -0500 Report

That's the reason I don't bake much anymore…can't resist the tasting while making stuff nor the end product…it's easier just not to have the temptation there to begin with…we all develop our own coping mechanisms. My husband bakes his own stuff now and for some reason, I'm not tempted to eat "his" baked goods…go figure?!

auntiecassie 2014-04-09 13:09:00 -0500 Report

Thanks guys :) I will check them out I was just concerned because the guy kept telling me not to worry about carbs which goes against everything I've ever been taught lol

Nick1962 2014-04-09 14:37:29 -0500 Report

Yes, there are a few carbs in nuts, but when that’s balanced against the amount of protein, fiber and essential fats they provide it’s not an issue as long as like Steve suggests, you watch portions (but this is one food I cheat big time with).

haoleboy 2014-04-09 15:47:50 -0500 Report

I'm with you Nick … I do not "cheat" but may occasionally "fudge the portions" on nuts … not a terrible thing as they have so many good things going for them nutritionally (at least that is the rationalization I use ;)

Nick1962 2014-04-09 18:12:42 -0500 Report

Nice thing is even in correct portions, they more than fill me up and keep me from eating other things throughout the day.

haoleboy 2014-04-09 12:41:41 -0500 Report

Like Nick I also eat nuts every day. Usually raw and always unsalted. My favorites are almonds, walnuts and pistachios. There are numerous health benefits to eating nuts, and studies have shown that they do can help control your blood glucose levels . As with everything portion control is important. For example a 'serving' of walnuts is one ounce (about 14 halves).


Nick1962 2014-04-09 11:37:18 -0500 Report

They are actually pretty good for diabetics, and there have been some claims that almonds specifically help reduce spikes and can potentially slow the absorption of carbohydrates, stabilizing blood glucose levels.
I eat nuts daily (more than I should) and have never had a problem, but your mileage may vary so test ‘em out. Also, I usually by the store brand unsalted roasted peanuts which are pretty cheap.

Next Discussion: My weight loss »