From: Amy D. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
Subject: orange juice and diabetes?
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I am worried because I was just diagnosed with diabetes. I drink freshly squeezed orange
juice three times a week. Does orange juice contain too much sugar and is it advisable for a diabetic to drink juice?
Below are a number of responses to the above question:
Cara Amcher, Registration Eligible Answer: Juice of any kind is not the best choice for a diabetic because it is very high in sugar. As a result juice will cause your blood sugar to rise. It’s always best to have fresh fruit rather than it’s juice. To put it in perspective... (click for entire response)
Elissa Basham, Dietetic Intern Answer: Because of orange juice’s carbohydrate content, it is often recommended to drink during hypoglycemic episodes, to bring your blood sugar back up to normal ranges. Does this mean... (click for entire response)
Lauren Siegfried, Dietetic Intern Answer: Fruit juices will raise your blood sugar very quickly compared to a whole piece of fruit, and lack the fiber that whole fruit has. Typically, a ‘choice’ or item in the list below has 15 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of... (click for entire response)
Laura Arrington, Nutrition Student Answer: Like most questions about diabetes and what to eat, there is really no simple answer. It really all boils down to carb counting, how much juice you are drinking and what else you are eating at that particular meal... (click for entire response)
Stephanie Nathanson, Nutrition Student Answer: Although fresh squeezed orange juice is a better option than concentrated juice loaded with extra sugars, eating a whole orange is the best option as it provides less sugar (carbohydrate) than the juice, as well as fiber from the pulp. Fruit juices raise blood sugar almost instantly and would not be advised for a diabetic... (click for entire response)
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