Juicing: Friend or Foe?

Juicing: Friend or Foe?

Let's get straight to the point: Juicing isn't bad!

But most people just don't know when to say no! Juicing is great, but few people know their limits. Juices are simple carbohydrate sources that fall short when it comes to fiber and other nutrients, which help support reasonable blood sugar levels. Once you start craving juices, you go back for numerous refills. This cycle boosts blood glucose levels to very high ranges, which can cause a lot of damage.

This is especially bad for those suffering from diabetes. Does this mean you can't have juices at all? Well, yes and no.

If your blood sugar levels are not stable, the answer is no!

What does stable mean?

Within the 70 to 130 range all, or at least most, of the time means your body is pretty stable.

When is juice an optimal drink ?

Four ounces of juice provides 15 grams (1 serving) of carbohydrate and can be the perfect amount of carbohydrate to help recover from a low blood sugar.

If you would like to add juice as part of your intake occassionally, then making the optimal juice choice might look like this:

  • Always choose a real or natural juice, or make it yourself
  • Avoid sugar-alcohols or any other sweeteners
  • Limit intake to 4 ounces
  • Choose extra pulp or fiber in the juice
  • Have your juice with a meal
  • Add 2-4 ounces of juice to your smoothie with protein and added fiber.

For many individuals, a Blast with a little added fruit juice makes a quick and nutritious treat. As long as your carbohydrates are considered, this is perfectly fine!

No other tool makes it easier to add the necessary fruits, vegetables, fibers and proteins to your daily diet. Simply tally the carbohydrate amount in this juice with your other carbohydrates to ensure you stay within your total allowance for the day.

Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator

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