If you are a diabetic, can you still juice?
* 3 Free Juicing for Diabetes recipes posted below.
I just watched a documentary that said if numbers continue as they are currently, 1 in 3 CHILDREN will be diagnosed with TYPE 2 (Adult-onset) diabetes.
My children and I both have genetic predisposition to both types of diabetes: My sister-in-law and my first cousin both have type 1 diabetes. My father, and both grandfathers have (or had, in the case of my paternal grandfather) type 2 diabetes.
It’s a nasty disease. The fire ant bites that my dad received while camping last month are still weepy sores. My sister-in-law found out about her disease after blurred vision and coma-like symptoms. Bodies just don’t function properly when sugar isn’t digested correctly.
So, when juicing, I try to keep not only nutrition in mind, but also blood sugar. Juicing straight fruits can and will sky-rocket your blood sugar. Regardless of how healthy fruit may be, spikes in sugar like this CAUSE diabetes. If you are diabetic, and/or prone to getting diabetes, or simply concerned about your sugar intake, focus on vegetables (as they are naturally low in calories and carbohydrates), and blood-sugar regulating fruits, like those found in the following diabetic juicing recipes:
Juicing for Diabetes
Juicing for Diabetes Recipe #1: Berry Low (Beginner)
6-7 fresh strawberries
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 bunch spinach
2 medium carrots
All of the ingredients in this juice have been linked to regulating and lowering blood sugar. Though two of the ingredients are fruits, which tend to spike blood sugar, both contain polyphenols which fight these leaps in blood sugar, helping to prevent diabetes in normal individuals, and improve medicinal necessity for those with diabetes.
PULP Recipe: Pulp Oats
⅓ cup oatmeal
⅔ cup water
¼ milk or liquid creamer
2-3 sliced strawberries
4-5 fresh blueberries
2 tsp cinnamon
Make oatmeal as directed with water (in microwave or on stovetop), add some of the pulp (as desired), milk/creamer, and extra berries.
Oatmeal and cinnamon are also powerful blood sugar regulators. Important to note in this recipe, however, is the lack of any added refined sugars. Let the pulp, berries, and cinnamon flavor and sweeten the oatmeal, so as to not counteract the regulating ability of these foods with mounds of added sugar.
Juicing for Diabetes Recipe #3: Ginseng Grass (Advanced!)
1 medium carrot
1 cup turnip greens
1 pitted plum
2 small slices ginseng root
All of these fruits and vegetables have also proven to be excellent blood sugar regulators. Ginseng, an herb, is especially beneficial. It not only regulates blood sugar, but also fights cancer, boosts energy, and speeds recovery. Just be careful to not get too much of it: a little goes a long way.
Diabetics Can Juice Too!
Juicing for diabetes can be difficult. In general, juice cannot be consumed by diabetics, as it contains such high amounts of easily processed sugar, and such low amounts of fiber to help regulate this sugar. However, by juicing foods that naturally lower and regulate blood sugar, juices can and should be consumed again. And that is what each of these juicing recipes for diabetes contain.