Smoothies and juicing are among the latest health-food fads gaining popularity. A mixture of veggies and fruits all blended together sounds quite healthy, but is it good for people with diabetes or is it a nightmare waiting to happen?
Ann Bartlett, a writer and type 1 diabetic, talks about this phenomenon here. Smoothie bars and raw juice stores can be found everywhere these days. You can also see celebrities touting the benefits of losing weight through this method. At smoothie bars or cafes, it’s simple to walk in, plunk down your cash, and walk away with something that, we are told, is good for us.
But Ann says you just might want to check out the nutrition info on that smoothie before you get too excited. At one chain called Tropical Smoothie, Ann reviewed “the low-fat Sunny Day smoothie made from mango, kiwi, orange and banana. Their 24 oz. serving has 128 carbs, 5 grams dietary fiber, and 113 grams of sugar, 4 proteins and 497 calories,” she writes.
128 carbs? 113 grams of sugar? Wow. As someone with type 2 diabetes I would be suffering from huge glucose readings after consuming something like that!
Despite this information, some health coaches and nutritionists say that consuming smoothies and juices may be OK for people with diabetes IF they make them at home. The second page of Ann's article includes a few recipes for you to try at home if you are craving your fruits and vegetables in a glass. Most companies also provide nutritional info on their websites, so it's good to check there first as well.
As with anything we consume when we’re dealing with diabetes, it’s important to pay attention to the nutritional information and don’t buy into the hype.