Juicing For People with Diabetes

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If you have diabetes, you must be cautious with your juicing or it may affect your blood sugar levels. Juices are high in carbohydrates. An 8-oz glass of juice contain 30gms of carbohydrates.

Fruit Juice

You have to check your blood glucose levels more often, and if you start feeling dizzy, weak, or unwell, you should stop.

Fruits are healthy but they contain sugar. When they are eaten whole, the fiber content of the fruit helps to balance out the effects that natural sugar have on blood glucose. But when the fiber is removed (by juicing), all that is left is the sweet juice that is loaded with sugar.

For diabetics who want to improve their health, vegetable juicing is the way to go but it could be a challenge to mask the strong flavors of vegetable juices.

But don’t despair because there are several ingredients that can add flavor to “green” juices without adding sugar and calories.

Juicing Tips for Diabetics:


Here are some juicing tips and recipes that are suitable for those who want to control their blood sugar levels while still enjoying their juices:

  • Use high-water content vegetables as base, such as celery and cucumbers . They add volume to your juice and help dilute more potent juices.
  • Include fruits and vegetables that are high in manganese to help reduce insulin resistance. These include carrots, parsley, collard greens, cabbage, beet greens, endive, spinach, and broccoli.
  • Avoid high-sugar fruits, such as pineapple and mango. These juices can contain up to 8 teaspoons of sugar each.
  • Asparagus and green beans contain several compounds that help stabilize blood sugar.
  • To sweeten juices, add low-sugar fruits, such as green apple and kiwi. Berries, particularly blueberries which are high in manganese, may also be added to your juice.
  • Add herbs and spices for more flavor. Cinnamon helps to stabilize blood sugar when consumed regularly. Other ingredients to try are parsley, cilantro, ginger, and fennel.

Diabetic-friendly Recipes 


For these recipes, use organic fruits and vegetables if you can.

Recipe #1:

  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 cup spinach

Spinach provides a mild flavor. Try the juice without adding the carrot to keep sugar levels lower. If you really want a carrot, use a small one.

Recipe #2:

  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 medium red pepper
  • ½ bunch cilantro
  • 1 carrot
  • ½ cucumber
  • ½ fennel bulb
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 lime (squeeze into finished product)

You may add a clove of garlic to this juice.

Recipe #3:

  • 10-12 brussels sprouts
  • 2 cups string beans
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 peeled lemon

Brussels sprouts and string beans are excellent source of B6, a vitamin that aids in blood sugar stabilization.

Recipe #4:

  • 6 sprigs watercress
  • 1 handful parsley
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 green apples

Apples, watercress, and tomatoes contain compounds which are effective at lowering LDL cholesterol levels.



More Potent Juicing Recipes for Diabetics:


You will find that bitter melon is a common ingredient in these juicing recipes. It is therefore important to remember that bitter melon is so potent that it should not be taken with other diabetes medication to prevent a drastic fall of your blood sugar to dangerous levels.

And it is also fair to remind you that bitter melon or bitter gourd is the most bitter of all fruits and vegetables.

You are also advised to avoid eating more than 2 bitter melons a day. Pregnant women must not drink bitter melon juice as it might trigger premature contraction and bleeding which can result to miscarriage.

The following recipes range from awfully bitter to less bitter. Other ingredients are added to dilute the bitter taste. If you are a Type 2 diabetic, avoid the recipe with more fruits in it.

Recipe #1:

  • 2 large bitter melons (bitter gourd, ampalaya)

Directions:

Run the ampalaya through your juicer to extract juice. It is recommended that you should not take more than 30ml of this juice daily.

Recipe #2:

  • 2 large bitter melons
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • Half a lemon

The cucumber and lemon are added to dilute the bitterness but don’t expect that the juice is much less bitter.

Recipe #3:

  • 2 large bitter melons
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • Half a lemon
  • 1 Fuji apple

It’s recipe #2 plus the apple which is added just to provide a little sweetness to this bitter elixir.

Have fun juicing!



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