In today’s video, we’re going to talk about Juicing and Diabetes.
Juicing is a popular health and wellness trend that has ballooned into a multi-billion dollar industry over the last decade. Juice enthusiasts highlight the many attributes of drinking a fresh glass of juice, citing benefits like weight loss, increased nutrient intake, and easier digestion and absorption of said nutrients.
Is it a good idea to juice if you have diabetes? Drinking any liquid other than water can have its ups and downs. Most drinks today, besides water, contain a tremendous amount of sugar and carbohydrate in them. The two together can equally affect your blood sugar levels, increasing the risk of hyperglycemia. Depending on how your blood sugar levels are affected, it can either be good or bad. It is important, as a person with diabetes who is effectively managing their diabetes, to be careful of the amount of sugary drinks you consume.
Depending on which fruit or vegetable you are juicing, you can experience spiked blood sugar. People with diabetes must focus on incorporating fruits that are low in sugar content and vegetables which are non-starchy and low in carbohydrates. While it is easy to consume the recommended servings of produce with juice, it is equally possible that you may consume more carbs because you are unable to determine the amount of carbs that the drink may contain.
Juicing as part of a diabetes management plan can be successful. Some fruits have phytonutrients and antioxidants which can help in decreasing sugar levels. Experts recommend this beverage for people with diabetes, but only as part of a healthy, steady, and nutritious diet. If done in moderation, it is fine and should only be avoided to be done in excessive volumes.
Consumption of whole fruits like berries, grapes, and apples is shown to be greatly associated with decreasing the risks of type 2 diabetes. The same study states that consumption of fruit juice is associated with a high risk of type 2 diabetes. Experts mostly agree that they would recommend juicing for people with diabetes not as a meal replacement, but only as part of a healthy, steady, eating lightly every 3 hours during the day, and nutritious diet.
Benefits of juicing.
You can enjoy the recommended amount of daily serving for fruits and vegetables, It is easier for your body to absorb the nutrients, Reduces produce waste, Feeds the gut with good bacteria, Reduces the risk of cancer, boosts the immune system, Removes toxins, and detoxifies the body and aids digestion.
Incorporating this lifestyle is an incredible way to flood cells with nutrients, lose weight, and detox but can be potentially problematic for people with diabetes. Those with diabetes must focus on lowering their insulin resistance. High fiber menu plans are a diabetic’s best bet. Fiber is a key player in slowing down the absorption of sugar.
While fruits and vegetables may be a plethora of health, natural sugar is still an issue. It’s suggested, blending raw produce as an alternative to drinking juices if one is afraid of losing fiber. For the process to be a success, it’s imperative to make choices that contain the highest amount of micronutrients while taking into account the glycemic index and load value of each food.
It’s recommended to go overboard on greens. Kale, parsley, spinach, dandelion, celery, cucumber, and a touch of green apple or kiwi are great go-to bases. Carrot and beet add a touch of sweetness without flooding the pancreas in sugar. Berries are one more option but try to stick to one serving of fruit per glass. Load up on vegetables and go for ginger and garlic, which are both pancreas protectors. That the benefits of juicing for diabetes lay in that green juices allow for efficient nutrient assimilation and for a means to stay hydrated.
It’s further recommended green juices because they are great for people with diabetes to use as a strategy to keep vitamins in the diet and especially on days that are rushed and without room for cooking vegetables. It helps to keep life fresh nutrients entering the body and improving oxygen flow.
This helps to nourish their bodies and improve immune function by which they may be somewhat deficient on a cellular level. Adding spices that encourage efficient blood sugar control such as cinnamon helps to nourish the cells in the body. This could be a great strategy to improve insulin resistance.
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