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From: Amy D. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 11/17/2017
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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Dried Fruit:
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Dole Dates
Dole Prunes
Dole Raisins
Pear, Dried, Uncooked
Raisins, Golden Seedless
Raisins, Seedless
Sunmaid Apples
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Fresh Fruit:
Apple, Raw with Skin
Banana, Raw
Blackberries, Raw
Blueberries, Raw
Boysenberries, Raw
Cantaloupe Melon, Raw
Carambola (Starfruit), Raw
Cherries, Sweet, without Pits, Raw
Chiquita Apple
Chiquita Apricots
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Dole Cantalope
Dole Chayote
Dole Cherries
Dole Cranberries
Dole Fresh-Cut Pineapple
Dole Honeydew Melons
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Dole Oranges
Dole Peaches
Dole Pears
Dole Plums
Dole Raspberries
Grapefruit, Pink and Red, Raw
Grapes, American Type (Slip Skin), Raw
Grapes, Red or Green, European Type, Raw
Honeydew Melon, Raw
Kiwi Fruit, without Skin, Raw
Lemon, without Peel, Raw
Lime, Raw
Mangos, Raw
Mulberries, Raw
Nectarine, Raw
Orange, Navel, Raw
Peach, Raw
Pear, Raw
Pineapple, Raw
Plum, Raw
Pomegranate, Raw
Raspberries, Black, Raw (Black Caps)
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Strawberries, Raw
Sunkist Grapefruit
Sunkist Lemon
Sunkist Lime
Sunkist Orange
Sunkist Tangerine
Tangerine (Mandarin Orange, Satsuma, Clementine)
Tangerine, Raw
Watermelon, Raw

Fruit Juice:
Apple Juice, Canned, Unsweetened with Ascorbic Acid
Apple Juice, Canned, Unsweetened without Ascorbic Acid
Cranberry Juice, Unsweetened
Grape Juice, Canned, Unsweetened, without Vitamin C
Grapefruit Juice, White, Canned, Sweetened
Grapefruit Juice, White, Canned, Unsweetened
Minute Maid Country Style Orange Juice
Orange Juice, Canned, Unsweetened
Orange Juice, Raw
Orange-Grapefruit Juice, Canned, Unsweetened
Orange-Strawberry-Banana Juice
Pear Nectar
Pineapple Juice, Canned, Unsweetened, with Ascorbic Acid
Pineapple Juice, Canned, Unsweetened, without Ascorbic Acid
Prune Juice, Canned
Simply Orange - Orange Juice High Pulp Grove Made

Jarred Fruit:
Del Monte Fruit Naturals Peach Chunks
Del Monte Fruit Naturals Pineapple Chunks
Del Monte Fruit Naturals Red Grapefruit
Del Monte Fruit Naturals Tropical Medley
Del Monte Orchard Select Sliced Cling Peaches
Del Monte SunFresh Citrus Salad
Del Monte SunFresh Mandarin Oranges
Del Monte SunFresh Mango
Del Monte SunFresh Red Grapefruit
Del Monte SunFresh Tropical Salad
Musselman's Cinnamon Applesauce
Musselman's Natural Applesauce

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