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From: Sandy J. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 11/17/2017
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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  Select a Bar or Shake for a Diabetes Analysis:

Meal Replacement Bars | Meal Replacement Shakes | Snack Bars | Snack Shakes

Meal Replacement Bars:
Glucerna Bar - Chocolate Peanut
Slim Fast High Protein Meal Bars - Chocolate Chip Granola
Slim Fast High Protein Meal Bars - Peanut Granola

Meal Replacement Shakes:
Boost Nutritional Energy Drink - Chocolate
Boost Nutritional Energy Drink - Strawberry
Boost Nutritional Energy Drink High Protein - Chocolate
Glucerna Shake - Creamy Chocolate Delight
Slim Fast High Protein - Extra Creamy Strawberry
Slim Fast High Protein - Extra Creamy Vanilla
Slim Fast High Protein Shake - Extra Creamy Chocolate

Snack Bars:
AdvantEDGE Carb Control Bar - Chocolate Chip Brownie
AdvantEDGE Carb Control Bar - Chocolate Cream Pie
AdvantEDGE Carb Control Bar - Chocolate Peanut Butter
AdvantEDGE Carb Control Bar - Chocolate Peanut Butter Crisp
AdvantEDGE Carb Control Bar - Cookies and Cream
AdvantEDGE Carb Control Bar - Double Chocolate Crisp
ExtendBar - Apple Cinnamon Delight
ExtendBar - Chocolate Crunch
ExtendBar - Mixed Bar Delight
ExtendBar - Peanut Butter Crunch
ExtendBar Delight - Chocolate
ExtendBar Delight - Peanut
ExtendBar Delight - Peanut Butter Chocolate
Glucerna Snack Bars - Chewy Chocolate Carmel
Luna Lemon Zest Bar
Luna Toasted Nuts N' Cranberry Bar
Myoplex Lite - Chocolate Chocolate Crunch
Myoplex Lite - Chocolate Peanut Butter Crisp Bar
Myoplex Lite - Cinnamon Roll Crisp Bar
Myoplex Lite - Peanut Caramel Crisp Bar
Slim Fast High Protein Whipped Chocolate Nougat Snack Bar

Snack Shakes:
BioChem 100% Whey Protein Shake - Chocolate Fudge
Boost Glucose Control Drink - Chocolate
Boost Glucose Control Drink - Strawberry
Boost Glucose Control Drink - Vanilla
Dymatize Elite Whey Protein Isolate Shake - Rich Chocolate
Dymatize Elite Whey Protein Shake - Smooth Banana
Glucerna Snack Shake - Creamy Chocolate Delight
Myoplex Lite - Ready to Drink Chocolate Fudge
Myoplex Lite Ready to Drink - French Vanilla
Myoplex Lite Ready to Drink - Strawberry Cream
Xtreme Formulations Ultra Peptide - Chocolate

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