From: Sandy J. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
Subject: bars & shakes for diabetes?
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I was diagnosed with diabetes a few months ago. I'm wondering about those bars and shakes I see advertised for people with diabetes. Are they good to use? Sometimes I'm out and need a snack or quick lunch.
Below are a number of responses to the above question:
Rebekah Eaton, RD (Registered Dietitian) Answer: Bars and shakes can be used for convenience if chosen appropriately. They can be a helpful way to make sure you are eating all your meals and snacks. Eating regularly is important to maintain a stable blood sugar level. However... (click for entire response)
Cara Amcher, Registration Eligible Answer: You must count the carbohydrates in these items just as you would with any other food. Donít make a habit of using these items everyday, especially if itís a meal replacement. Itís always best to eat a wide variety of foods and by using meal replacements you could... (click for entire response)
Mandy Seay, Dietetic Intern Answer: In general, bars and shakes, are okay to have every once in a while when youíre in a pinch, but I do not suggest eating these on a regular basis. While they are easy, they are lacking in some vitamins and minerals and are essentially replacing nutrient... (click for entire response)
Elissa Basham, Dietetic Intern Answer: When you are on the go and are short on time, snack bars and shakes can be a good option. They can prevent your blood sugar from dropping too low when you have to skip a meal, and can even provide extra nutrition to those who are in need of it. These bars and shakes are typically referred to as ďmeal replacements,Ē and can also include puddings, soups, and frozen meals... (click for entire response)
Maggie Rourke, Dietetic Intern Answer: Protein and fats help reduce the pace of glucose release into the bloodstream. Consuming a bar or shake composed of predominantly carbohydrates may produce a quick spike in blood sugar. Nutrition editors of Foodpicker.org have composed a list of bar and shakes options available... (click for entire response)
Lauren Siegfried, Dietetic Intern Answer: When looking at these products, make sure to pay attention to the label. You want to choose a product that has protein in addition to calories and fat, and the calories should be comparable to what you would normally eat at a meal. Some products available are much higher in fat, carbohydrates and calories than others... (click for entire response)
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