Power Up Your New Year

The New Year is the time many individuals plan for new beginnings. Many of these beginnings are new endeavors to promote health and wellness, changes to maintain or increase financial gain, or maybe just a highlight of changes to daily habits. Through healthful eating, research has supported that self-management of type 2 diabetes is effective. A critical influence on the healthy consumption of those with diabetes is protein intake. Proteins are molecules that aid in the functions of the body, its structures, and organs.

Peanut butter options available for consumer purchase.

Peanut butter options available for consumer purchase.
Jevencia Hill, @2023, Clemson University

What is a Protein Option?

Peanut Butter! Peanut butter is a pasty spread used on breads, in fruit dips, as a compliment to pretzels, or as a delightful snack. Additionally, peanut butter benefits individuals with type 2 diabetes and those looking to increase their protein intake.

The image of bagged lunches comes to mind when thinking of peanut butter. Peanut butter is economically friendly in purchasing price. Remember to check your nutrition fact labels to monitor the added sugar content of individual peanut butter selections. Why? Natural peanut butter has great nutritional value and lower sugar content and complies with recommended USDA guidelines per serving size. Peanut butter requires minimum storage efforts, and peanuts are a great protein option.

Benefits of peanut butter:

  • Improves Heart Health
  • Reduces Cancer Risks
  • Protects against Alzheimer’s and Neurological Diseases
  • Prevents Gallstones
  • Reduces Diabetes Risks
  • Build Strong Bones

Instead of choosing alternative protein supplements, why not choose peanut butter, a product from farm-raised peanuts? Peanuts may be a highly allergic product; for more information, see HGIC 4158, Food Allergies. If you are interested in learning more about diabetes self-management, refer to Health Extension for Diabetes.


  1. https://worlddiabetesday.org
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4711439/

If this document didn’t answer your questions, please contact HGIC at hgic@clemson.edu or 1-888-656-9988.

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