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.

5 replies

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?