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DIETITIANBECKY
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12/27/12 7:23 P

Someone with diabetes should be following a carbohydrate controlled eating plan. This plan would state the amount of carbs to have at each meal and each snack. One's medication would also be coordinated with this eating plan.

Now the person with diabetes can decide "how" they plan to spend those carbs and the portion of food(s) that gives the correct amount of carbs. Juice could be used, but in the correct amount.

Drinking fruit juices all day long results in too many carbs, and too frequent...but so does eating fruit all day, eating berries all day, or whole wheat pasta all day or yogurt all day or....

Dietitian Becky



GDBEAR65
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12/27/12 7:02 P

It is entirely dependant on formulation. Smoothies made from fruit and little else will tend to elevate blood sugar levels but adding some protein, fat and fiber will slow the digestive process.



FP4HLOSER
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12/27/12 2:57 P

Interesting question Russell! I am also diabetic but I don't drink smoothies often and I don't drink juice anymore. I do not see too much of a problem with vegetable juices but any fruit juice would spike glucose levels, unsweetened or not! emoticon



DIDS70
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12/27/12 1:32 P

Russell, my raw food chef also helps out clients with diabetes. She may not juice for them, but they do get the smoothies. She will put in unsweetened berries and granny smith apples since they don't spike sugar. There should be no reason you can't enjoy a green smoothie. It would just have to be something for yourself. If you want her info, send me a private message.



PSCHIAVONE2
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12/27/12 12:46 P

I wonder about that myself.



RUSSELL_40
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12/27/12 12:24 P

I am wondering about this. I am diabetic, and know that the easier it is for me to digest food, the faster the blood sugar spikes.

To any coach, I want to ask how this would affect people. Since most of the people here tend to have issues with their weight, is their any danger of juicing, or drinking juice, or smoothies increasing their danger of getting diabetes?

I know that there is a benefit to eating more vegetables/ fruit, but they can be eaten in their natural state. I just worry about a bunch of overweight people, purposefully spiking their blood sugar over and over. Is this healthy, or something that is a fad, that may end up hurting people more in the long run?



 
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