Juicing For People With Diabetes

September 8, 2010 in Health Information, Juicing Tips

There are many who believe that if you have diabetes, you can’t benefit from the wonders of juicing with Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer. The truth is, while there are some juices you should steer clear from, you shouldn’t eliminate juicing from your diet. In this article, we’ll take a look at some ways you can juice even if you are living with diabetes. We don’t want you to miss out on all the fun either!

As a person who has diabetes, you may or may not already know that it is recommended to control the portion sizes of what you eat and eat whole foods as opposed to refined foods. The reason for this is because whole foods, mainly carbohydrates, take longer to digest therefore prolonging the process it takes for sugar to enter your bloodstream. An example of this would be whole-wheat bread compared to white bread. White bread, which is made from refined flour, speeds up the digestion process and causes the sugar to enter your bloodstream much quickly. This is why there is the belief that fresh juice, a refined carbohydrate, is not a healthy choice for someone with diabetes.

The truth is, you can still drink natural raw juices. What we recommend for those with diabetes is juicing fresh vegetables rather than fresh fruits. Fruit is naturally higher in carbohydrates. Because of this, it is recommended to eat whole fruit, which contains fiber, a substance that slows the digestion process and absorption of sugar into your bloodstream. However, vegetables, depending on the amount of carbohydrates, are great to juice! Especially leafy greens. Now, if you’re not sure how you’re going to like just juicing veggies, try adding a piece of an apple or two. You can even try a pineapple. It will sweeten it right up. But don’t use too much. Too much fruit may cause high blood sugars. Also, many vegetables are healthier for you when eaten raw instead of cooked. So juicing a raw carrot is healthier than eating a cooked carrot. Two vegetables that are great to add to your juice are garlic and onions. These two foods may help to control your blood sugars. Some more good veggies to juice are kale, spinach, turnip greens, sweet peppers, parsley, green peppers, broccoli, cucumber, asparagus, carrot, and ginger.

You should always check how a food rates on the glycemic index. This is a reference for how quickly a food will affect your blood sugar. As a rule of thumb, anything rated 55 or below is low ad typically does not cause blood sugars to rise quickly. Anything 56-69 is medium. And anything 70 and above is considered high and is recommended to limit. If you’re unsure about the food you are eating, or juices you are drinking, just check the glycemic index.

There are also certain nutrients you may need when you have diabetes. Many vegetables can give you those nutrients, even when they are juiced. Copper deficiency may impair glucose tolerance. Regular consumption of foods rich in copper such as carrots, ginger and garlic can help prevent deficiency and improve blood sugar levels. Magnesium may be able to improve glucose tolerance and help prevent some complications caused by diabetes. Good sources of magnesium are celery, beets, greens and spinach. Other veggies such as kale, parsley, turnips, asparagus, and tomatoes are good sources of vitamins C and E. Incorporating these vegetables in your diet can help you live with diabetes. Some of them can help stabilize blood sugar levels or even contain insulin-like properties.

So if you have diabetes and feel you can’t juice, you can! Choosing to juice with fruits and vegetables that are lower in carbohydrate and have a low glycemic index is recommended to keep blood sugars under control. Always consult your doctor before changing your diet when you have diabetes to make sure it is the healthy choice for you. With the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer, you can get more juice and keep the important nutrients you need. Enjoy the wonder of the Power Juicer!

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