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Q:

Can I use a juicer while I am type 2 diabetic?

Amy Campbell

A:

Juicing involves extracting juice from fresh vegetables and fruits. Fans of juicing believe that juice is more nutritious than whole fruits and vegetables; and that juicing is a way to treat or cure many health problems. And some people, including many celebrities, have gone on juice fasts to “detoxify” the body and lose weight. However, there is no evidence that juicing is any healthier or better than eating whole foods. While you certainly can use a juicer if you have diabetes, it’s important to realize that juice, in general, is higher in calories and carbohydrate than whole fruits and vegetables. For example, a medium orange contains 62 calories and 15 grams of carbohydrate. That’s the same amount that you’d get if you drank 4 ounces of fresh orange juice. The catch? Most people drink much more than 4 ounces of juice at a time. If you’re careful of your portion size of fruit juice and count it as part of your carbohydrate allotment in your eating plan, it’s fine to fit it in. You might also try juicing vegetables, rather than fruit, as vegetables are lower in carbs and calories than fruit. One cup of tomato juice or carrot juice contains about 11 grams of carb, so you can drink a larger amount of vegetable juice than fruit juice. Two more points about juicing: juicing can add significantly to your food bill; it’s also more satisfying and filling to eat a piece of fruit or raw or cooked vegetables than drinking them as juice.

February 19, 2013 at 8:17 pm