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Mon Jun 02 14:50:45 EDT 2014

Dietary qx: Can you talk about the BS lowering effect of eating celery as a supplement to rx in Type 2?
Asked By: pkemata  

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I read that the inulin fiber(?) in celery can mimic the effects of insulin. I take metformin only presently. I found that a couple hours after eating a couple stalks of raw celery on days where I must eat dinner later than usual, my pre-dinner BS in in the normal range, low 90's. Can you talk about this effect and is eating celery 1-2 times a day like this encouraged or advisable?
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2014-08-12 13:09:45.0

Dear Pkemata:

Oh my goodness. If every article such as the one you read we're true, diabetes would have been cured ages ago.

Don't get me wrong-- I believe celery is a super great food. It's crunchy, fresh, super low in calories, and can be an extremely helpful diet aid. Add a little protein to it, (peanut butter, or cheese), and it can carry you through between meals without impacting your blood sugar. But does it lower blood sugar? No more than drinking water does. It's good for you and you can go ahead and eat it between every meal if you wish, but it isn't the celery that lowers the blood sugar, it's the length of time between eating carbohydrate rich foods an/or the amount of activity you've taken part in..

Check it out for yourself and see: take a couple of days performing the same routine and eating the same breakfast and lunch. Eat celery one day, and don't eat it the next. Chances are you'll see little to no difference in your BG those two days. The problem with this experiment, unfortunately, is how difficult it is to mimicking everything two or three days in a row.

Again, celery is a great food. I've read that the calories you burn digesting it are greater than the calories you take in by consuming it, which is pretty remarkable in itself (if that's true).

My best advice at this time is to enjoy as much celery as you would like, but don't count on it to solve blood sugar issues. Good luck!

Answered By: Anne Carroll
Accreditations: RN, CDE
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