Do you see a problem with juicing for a person of my type? Or any other problems with juicing for that matter? My husband wants to get into juicing not only to better our health, but in hopes that it may help me with my diabetes. I will be 7 years with T2 Diabetes, oral med (metformin) at the end of this year. I am fairly healthy, weigh 148 lbs and have a very supportive husband who is always trying to find a way to help me with my diabetes.
Juicing has become a popular way for people (including many celebrities) to lose weight, lower the risk for cancer and heart disease, remove toxins from the body and help improve digestion. The premise behind juicing is that juices are more concentrated in nutrients than whole fruits and vegetables, and that nutrients in liquid form are more easily absorbed. However, there isn’t scientific evidence that getting your fruits and vegetables in juice form is any better than eating your fruits and vegetables. There are a few drawbacks to juicing, especially for people with diabetes. First, juicing with fruit may lead to spikes (increases) in blood glucose levels. This makes sense, as juice (actually, any liquid) is more quickly digested than whole fruit. And fruit juice is quite high in carbohydrate. Vegetables contain less carbohydrate than fruit, so a juice made of just vegetables is unlikely to cause spikes. Another drawback is that juices can be fairly high in calories. On average, an 8-ounce glass of fruit juice contains about 120 calories and 30 grams of carbohydrate. Chances are, though, your glasses at home hold at least 12 or 16 ounces, which means, obviously, that you’d get more calories and carbs. A third, and very important, concern is that if you consume only juice, (little or no other foods) you won’t get a balance of nutrients. Your body requires carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and fiber. No one food or food product can provide you with all of that. On the other hand, juicing can be healthful if it helps you consume more fruits and vegetables than you might otherwise, and if you are able to safely fit juicing into your eating plan. My advice is to sit down with a dietitian who can work with you to safely incorporate juicing into your treatment plan. I’d also advise you to discuss this with your healthcare provider.
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