Is peanut butter good for treating low blood sugar?

Amy Campbell


This is a great question and I’m glad that you asked! When your blood glucose drops too low (usually below 70 mg/dl), you need to “treat” this to help bring your glucose back up to a safe level, which is typically above 80 mg/dl. The best treatment for low blood glucose (also called “hypoglycemia”) is a quick-acting form of carbohydrate. Carbohydrate foods that are digested and absorbed quickly from the intestine into the bloodstream will bring your blood glucose level up quickly. Good examples of low blood glucose treatments are glucose tablets, glucose gels, fruit juice, regular soda, skim milk and raisins. Eating foods that contain mostly protein or fat will not raise your blood glucose and may even prevent your glucose from getting back to a safe level. Peanut butter is an example – it contains mostly fat, some protein and a little bit of carbohydrate (usually from added sugar). Other foods that you should not use to treat a low include chocolate candy bars, nuts, whole milk and cheese. They contain too much fat to effectively raise your blood glucose.

6 replies

Hello76 2017-02-14 09:16:03 -0600 Report

I'm so glad I seen this. I'm insulin dependant and really struggle with lows sometimes. My biggest problem is I don't really feel the symptoms until I'm already in trouble or it happens when I'm sleeping. My husband is great to help me but finds it necessary to tell his mother and sister. They ate both type 2…they're always telling me I need to eat peanut butter to bring my sugar up. Somewhere along the way Dr's have told them to eat peanut butter because it can help maintain a better A1C but for the life of me I can't convince them this does not bring up a low! My husband for some reason tells them I won't eat it and I swear they think that because I won't eat it when I'm low that I don't want to bring it up…like for attention. Lol…I've screenshot your post so I can have them all read it. Hopefully they'll take someone else's word for it and shut up about peanut butter!

newvee 2013-04-20 15:26:54 -0500 Report

Learning so much here! Nice to be where I can relate and try something different.

newbie51 2012-07-11 18:56:51 -0500 Report

This is great information. While in the hospital, they gave me peanut butter and crackers. will inform them about thus information.

dubyadd 2012-07-10 13:36:28 -0500 Report

I have been involved with people that have been incoherent because their blood sugar dropped below 40 on their meter. Trying to get some orange juice in them was really messy and putting a glucose tab in their mouth was out of the question for fear of choking. What do you think about using honey or agave syrup? These can be bought in squeeze bottles with nipple type tips that could be put between their teeth and cheek, then squeezed to give them something that won't be spilled all over the place. What say you about this idea?