Clinistix and Diastix are approved for testing for the presence of glucose in the urine. The below tip is an off-label use of these glucose testing methods.
Want to make sure that Diet Coke is actually diet? Use Clinistix or Diastix urine glucose test strips to test. Just take a small amount of food or drink in your mouth and mix it with your saliva, then spit out a small amount on the test strip. A change in color indicates the presence of sugar or starch. Don't just dip the test strip into the food or drink; saliva is essential to the reaction because it contains an enzyme that releases glucose.
Tip of the Day courtesy of Dr. Richard Bernstein, author of Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution.
Reviewed by Dr. Richard Bernstein. 4/14.
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