babydoll48

Q:

I want to know how safe it is for me to go on a raw fruit and vegetable diet for 30 days. It says diabetes will go away; is this true? How safe is it? I was also told by my doctors In the past that a lot of fruits have certain kinds of sugar that I have to watch out for and to be careful of eating them. What do you know about this? Can you tell me anything?

Amy Campbell

A:

I would advise against going on a 30-day fruit and vegetable diet for a few reasons. First, at this time, there is no cure for diabetes. While you may lose some weight and lower your blood glucose by following this type of regimen, the results will likely just be temporary. Once you go off of this diet and resume your usual eating habits, you may end up regaining your weight and your blood glucose levels may increase. Your diabetes won’t go away from following this type of a diet. Second, while fruits and vegetables are extremely healthy, eating only these foods will not give you all of the nutrients that you need. You still need protein, fat and vitamins and minerals that aren’t found in fruits and vegetables. Protein is needed for many important functions in the body, such as building and maintaining muscle, and making hormones and enzymes. Third, fruits and vegetables contain carbohydrate (fruit more so than vegetables). Eating too much fruit, even if it’s raw, can raise your blood glucose levels. One of the goals with diabetes is to eat an amount of carbohydrate that fuels your body but that does not send your blood glucose levels sky-high. Finally, it’s important to follow a healthy eating regimen that you can stay with long-term, not just for 30 days. You need to eat a variety of foods for good health. You can do this and still manage your diabetes, too. My advice is to ask your doctor for a referral to a dietitian who can help you with an eating plan that’s balanced, healthy and tailored to your lifestyle and your goals.

February 5, 2013 at 11:13 pm

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RebDee
RebDee 2014-05-31 14:14:34 -0500 Report

I tried this type of diet using a Ninja which extracts the juices but leaves the fiber, etc. It lasted three weeks. Reasons: a mess to clean up with each time I used the machine, my blood sugars went up considerably and didn't come down until I stopped, I didn't really lose much weight, and my doctor gave me a good lecture n why I shouldn't do it.