What juice can diabetics drink besides water? If this is what you have been searching on Google, read on, as we have got you covered.
If you have diabetes, you know it is important to watch what you eat and drink – including juices. “You want your calories and carbs to come from whole foods, not from drinks,” that’s a general commonsense approach suggested by Nessie Ferguson, RD, CDE, a nutritionist at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
The best juice to have is those with very few calories, and based on this principle here’s a list of 7 juices you can have if living with diabetes:
- Bitter Melon (also known as bitter gourd) Juice
- Celery Juice
- Kale Juice
- Cucumber Juice
- Broccoli Juice
- Tomato Juice
Bitter Melon Juice
Bitter melon also is known as bitter gourd or karela in India has been used for long time as a food item or natural therapy for people suffering from diabetes. It has been found to have anti-diabetic properties including charantin, which has been found to have blood glucose-lowering effect, vicine and an insulin-like compound known as polypeptide-p.
It tastes very bitter, so, you can add cucumber, lemon or an apple and juice them together.
Bitter melon sales in Asian stores and grows in most tropical countries across the world.
Celery juice helps in diabetes by dissolving and removing extra fat build up in liver which can preserve and release glycogen as required to prevent insulin resistance.
To prepare the juice blend cucumber or baby spinach along with the celery. Add water and a slice of lemon and you have a tasty good green juice that own spike your blood sugar levels.
According to a recent publication in the journal Nutrition Research and Practice, it has been found that consumption of kale juice is effective in lowering blood sugar levels significantly.
Although steamed Kale is best way to it, Kale juice can also be consumed by those suffering from diabetes. Just blend Kale with a lemon and handful of mint leaves, a small slice of ginger and a pinch of rock salt. You can add cucumber also if you want. Both Kale and cucumbers are very low in calories.
Cucumbers are so low on calories that you can eat several without affecting your blood sugar level
For the juice, blend one cucumber, one or two celery ribs, one handful of cilantro, 4 basil sprigs. You can add one small apple to the mix. The combination will ensure you have a healthy drink at the same time no increase in blood sugar level
In a study published in Science Translational Medicine, a group of scientists gave concentrated broccoli sprout extract to patients suffering from diabetes. It was found that it improved the patients’ ability to control their glucose levels and reduced their glucose production.
Blend 1-2 sprigs, 1 big cucumber, 1-2 cup broccoli, 1 lemon, and 1 green apple. The acidity of the lemon helps to diffuse the bitterness of broccoli at the same time making it tasty and refreshing.
Diabetic patients are prone to blood clots which increases risk of cardiovascular complications. Tomato juice does have some sugar but it’s not particularly large. If done in moderation tomato juice can significantly reduce platelet aggregation thereby lowering the chance of cardiovascular complications in diabetics.
Blend 1 cup of freshly chopped green lettuce. 2 big fresh tomatoes and a pinch of rock salt and you have a tasty diabetic-friendly juice which you can have even before bedtime.
4 Important Factors To Consider When Juicing For Diabetes
- Drink only small amounts of juice. No more than 8 ounces should be consumed at a time.
- Avoid using fruits. If you just have to use, it’s best to add only one piece of fruit per serving per recipe.
- Do not rely on juice alone for nutrition if you are diabetic. Drink your juice with a meal so that the body also getts fats and proteins which can help prevent high blood sugar spikes.
- It’s best to stick with non-starchy or green vegetables for juices as they have very little effect on blood sugar levels.