Is peanut butter good for treating low blood sugar?
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.