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Fri Nov 16 01:10:40 UTC 2012

i am type two diabetic what kind of juices can i have

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2014-04-26 23:08:58.0

Dear cooperwelch4709,

Thank you for writing dLife!

When it comes to juices, it’s more about timing and quantity than type. Fruit juices are high in carbohydrate and vegetable juices have considerably less carbohydrate for equal quantities. For example, ½ cup orange juice has about 15 carbs and ½ cup of carrot juice has only 5 – 7 carbs.

Because whole fruits and vegetables contain fiber and nutrients that are left behind in the juice extraction process, these are a better choice than juice. However, if you decide to go with juice, try to drink 100% juice with no added sugars. Juices with added sugars often contain high fructose corn syrup, which has been linked to development of chronic diseases, such as heart disease.

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2012-11-20 16:55:17.0

As a type 2 diabetic I have found that I can drink any natural juice (none with additives like sugar or artificial sugars). There are a few rules to follow to insure one does not get the spike from these juices. First, Never, NEVER eat a starch with a juice drink. The startches mix with the juice carbs and actually cause the spike to occure. I drink 6 oz of FRESH juice for breakfast sometimes but do not eat cereals, breads, etc for 1 hour to keep this "fermentation" from accelerating the sugars into the blood! Check your blood sugar after the one hour. If it is higher than you want, simply add a little protein like whey to the juice and that will stop the spike. Eat your cereal (whole grain and hopefully non processed grain or whole wheat breads). Add a protein or fat such as almond butter,and use almond milk instead of dairy as the dairy also affects the digestion of the cereal or grain bread. Basically, eat the friut or juice first, wait and then eat the startchy part of the meal with a good for you fat or even whey powder .
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