What kind of peanut butter can I eat if I have gestational diabetes?
Unless you’re allergic to peanuts, you can really eat any type of peanut butter. Peanut butter contains a healthy type of fat that may help lower blood cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. And because of its fat and protein content, peanut butter can keep you feeling fuller for a longer amount of time. Some people prefer the natural type of peanut butter (with the oil on top), and many brands of natural peanut butter are free of sugar and salt, as well. However, in general, most brands of peanut butter contain about 95 calories, 8 grams of fat and 3 grams of carbohydrate per tablespoon. Even the reduced-fat peanut butter contains 95 calories per tablespoon (along with 6 grams of fat and 8 grams of carb). You can certainly fit peanut butter into your eating plan, but you might speak with a dietitian about the portion size that’s best for you. You might also see a newer type of peanut butter in some grocery stores or health food stores: this peanut butter has 85% of its fat removed, which turns it into a powder. You reconstitute the powder with water, which then develops the same consistency (and supposedly, the same flavor) as regular peanut. It may be worth a try!