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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Can I drink fruit juice if I have diabetes?

    It made my level high after drinking some.
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    Daniel La Spina

    Exercise Physiologist

    I have been working in a Physiotherapy practice since 2010, specialising in post-injury rehabilitation and also metabolic and lifestyle disease prescription.I am passionate about educating … View Profile

    Depending on the sugar content of the fruit juice, it will raise your blood glucose levels to different levels. Fruit juices that have no added sugar will not raise your levels as high as one that does not state so.

    Being diabetic, its important to ensure your dietary glucose intake is minimised, a better option would be to add a little bit of a citrus fruit (orange, lemon, lime) to water or mix a little bit of fruit juice with a glass of water.

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    Katie is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Nutritionist. She specialises in weight management and is passionate about helping clients to break the dieting cycle by … View Profile

    Fruit juice is not the best choice when you have diabetes as due to the high concentration of natural sugar combined with its lack of fibre, it is a high GI drink and will therefore rasie blood sugar levels quickly. 

    It is best to avoid fruit juice, even those that are freshly squeezed and with no added sugar. Instead, have a whole piece of fruit and choose water as your main drink.

  • Arlene is a registered practising dietitian, with a private practice in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, and has built a strong business over the last … View Profile

    Fruit juice is not the ideal drink if you have diabetes as it has a high Glycaemic Index so will cause a rapid rise in blood sugar level. If you have a hypo you can have fruit juice. It is better to eat the fruit which has the fibre as well – this will lower the glycaemic index, consequently not causing such a rapid rise in blood sugars.  If you choose to drink juice, be sure the label says it is 100% juice with no sugar added. Juice provides a lot of carbohydrates in a small portion, so be sure to count it in your meal plan. Usually 120-180 ml (not even a full cup!) contains 15 grams of carbohydrate and 50 or more calories

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