Is peanut Butter ok to eat

Michael Ace
By Michael Ace Latest Reply 2010-07-24 01:19:04 -0500
Started 2010-07-18 11:08:42 -0500

I was wondering if peanut butter is on our list, I also like V8, and diet soda… are these ok for me what about salami and cheese, if these are ok I can live with this LOL Mike

15 replies

Armourer 2010-07-24 01:19:04 -0500 Report

Gabby's comments are right on! I use PB as one of the ways for protein. But be careful. It has fat, the best my educator gave me is TOM's, all natural with no sugar but it costs about $2 bucks more then the other's, and must be in the frig when opened. Cheese is another source of protein for me, but again fat. Best cheese is parmesean and mozerella, but again they cost more they regular chedder cheese. Most white cheese is better then yellow. I used to drink V8, still would but the price at the store went up four bucks a case so off the list it went. They say diet soda is bad cause it resets the motabolism to low, lower. I really struggle with this. Good luck!

Meadowlark 2010-07-19 14:02:30 -0500 Report

meadowlark New member today. Just dropping in to get acquainted and get to share. I turned 71 (read 17) in April & am seeking support for making life changes. The posting here today were fun to read and encouraging. I'll be back.

monkeymama 2010-07-19 10:11:42 -0500 Report

Ray brings up a GREAT point about "reading the labels". This is they key to it all and knowing what your carb limits for your meals/daily intake. I personally use a Natural peanut butter. Skippy and Jiff make a very nice natural peanut butter with about 6-8g of carbs per serving. In terms of the salami, I would watch the fats and cholesterol in that. It is not just about watching our carbs but also the fats and cholesterol as well. Basically, read your labels, measure, and in moderation.

GabbyPA 2010-07-19 07:30:03 -0500 Report

Actually the neat thing about a diabetic diet, is that there is not really one at all. The things we avoid should be on everyone's list of things to avoid because they are void of healthy attributes.

Peanut butter, if you want to avoid trans fats (bad fats) eat a natural peanut butter. It does take some getting used to because the texture is different, but it has less sodium, no sugar and no trans that is a better option.

V-8, as ray said is loaded with sodium. I am not a proponent of any kind of juice because you remove the parts that are good for you just to get the flavor. Perhaps make your own and play with the flavors. Of course if your choosing between a coke and a V-8, I say go JUICE!! At least it does have a lot of nutrients in it. But like anything, whole foods are always better.

Lunch meat of any kind is again...loaded with salt. But eat what you like in moderation. If you eat the cheese with less fat in it, it can be better, but watch for what they add to it to make it less fat. Sometimes they add more carbs, so read the labels. That will be your best defense.

It all comes down to your personal choices. We can eat what ever we want to. We just have to account for it. And often we have to eat portions that are more correct, rather than what most people think is a proper serving.

penny_cent 2010-07-19 09:36:57 -0500 Report

I just fine staying away from coke has helped alot. I went on the Nutrition system D. and lost 65 pounds.

Janet62 2010-07-19 16:10:40 -0500 Report

I totally agree with you on this. This is the way all of America should eat. Just learn to read the labels and eat healthy and try to exercise as much as possible. And start doing it now. It was the best thing that happened to me in the long run because now I can eat healthy and lose weight.

RAYT721 2010-07-18 15:33:53 -0500 Report

Michael… in these days of abbreviations I would like to introduce you to "RTL," which is short for "read the label." There are many variations of nutritional label information from one brand of peanut butter, juice blends, and lunchmeats. We, as diabetics, should be concerned with calories, carbs, fats, sodium, and also protein. The keyword to diabetic control is moderation (aka portion control). Oh, there are a number of people out there posing as the Diabetic Police (no uniform and no badge but plenty of attitude and opinion) telling you what you can and can't have. What's important is what your meter and your body has to say. So, let's talk about "RTL."

The Diabetic Police (I picture Niecy Nash from Clean House giving me that look and talk about "mayhem and foolishness) will let you eat as many fried potato sandwiches as you can fit into your mouth but go ahead and try to aim for a cookie. "Can you eat that?" I am not the diabetic police. I say that as long as your mind, body and soul likes what on your menu, go for it… using restraint, of course! According to the Diabetic Police you can eat anything as long as the names Hershey, Cadbury or Keebler are not on the labels but the reality is to look at the other side of the labels when making your choices of what you should and shouldn't have. (That sounds better than can or can't have, which is more reserved for prison inventory called contraband)

V8 has some vitamin nutrition but if you like that, grab a tomato, some celery and six other vegetables and go to town making the V8 in your mouth. You won't get the high amount of sodium, no preservatives and you'll get more fiber. There are various types of peanut butters (brands) so again watch the ingredients labels, nutritional labels and make sure the one you choose isn't by Hersheys, Cadbury or Keebler (worth repeating). Salami has protein (watch the fat and sodium) so that's not off limit. A slice or two won't harm you any more than something baked in a hollow tree by a bunch of elves but to thine own self be true.

What I am saying is there is nothing you CAN'T have (you're not in prison… are you?) but the things you should and shouldn't have are common sense in some cases and/or available easily when you google or RTL.

Trust your meter, not your Aunt Rita!!!

Diane987 2010-07-18 12:29:24 -0500 Report

Hi Michael,

If I am ever wondering about whether I should eat something or not I look at the glycemic index of the food. At least that way I have an idea of what to expect before I eat it. You should learn how to use the glycemic index as it will help you adjust your eating habits to accommodate your diabetes. Here is a link to help you learn about the glycemic index:

Not all diabetics are created equal; some can eat things like corn or peanut butter while others will tell you it makes their blood sugar rise significantly. The best way to know how something effects you is to test before you eat it and then test a couple of hours after you have eaten it.

Personally, I eat peanut butter but I only eat natural peanut butter with no sugar added. I drink V8 but only the low sodium kind because the regular stuff is way too salty for my taste. I don't drink diet soda because Nutrasweet gives me a killer headache. I love cheese and I would bet that most diabetics do also. I rarely eat processed meats but I don't think salami has a lot of sugar added to it, so you will probably be OK.

Good luck and God Bless,