Dr. Tucker's Nutrition Advice
Peanut Butter VS Almond Butter
You and your metabolism are unique. Your favorite “healthy” food may be something causing you glucose spikes or may even be a food you are sensitive to (different than a food allergy). This causes low grade inflammation, leading to joint or muscle pain. Your favorite snack could be causing blood sugar spikes and mid-day energy crashes that hold you back from peak performance. An optimal diet should focus on foods that minimize blood sugar spikes. This is key for stable mood and energy levels and avoiding the risk factors for many common chronic diseases.
CHOOSE Organic Almond Butter (1 tablespoon)
8 g fat (1 g saturated)
4 g protein
3 g carbs
2 g fiber
Almond butter is a good alternative to peanut butter. Almond butter contains more bone-strengthening calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Almond butter typically has less mold than peanut butter. Plus, it's spared the sugar and hydrogenated fats added to many commercial brands of peanut butter.
Monitoring Your Glucose Levels
At a minimum, to find out more about your glucose, ask your doctor to test your HbA1c when you get your next blood test. HbA1c refers to glucose and hemoglobin joined together. Red blood cells live for up to 4 months, so HbA1c gives an indication of how much sugar there has been in the blood over the past few months.
If you want to do a deep dive into monitoring your blood glucose levels in real time, I recommend using the KETO-MOJO test kit. Keto-Mojo produces state-of-the-art blood glucose and ketone testing meters and strips at affordable prices for people living on a ketogenic diet. Be sure to use Dr. Tucker's link for $5 off your purchase with KETO-MOJO.