In moderation, juice can still be enjoyed to quench your thirst. But choose water and whole fruit over juice whenever possible. Juice contains more calories, more carbohydrates, and has a higher Glycemic Index than whole fruits. Plus, processing removes the beneficial fibre. This means juice has a greater effect on blood glucose levels. When choosing juice go for 100% juice with no added sugar instead of fruit punches and fruit drinks, which contain added sugars, and have higher amounts of carbohydrates and calories.
One serving of juice is ½ cup, which is a lot less than most people usually drink at one time. To help keep blood glucose levels under control, add plain or sparkling water to your juice to make a bigger serving without adding extra sugar. ¾ cup of juice can also be used to treat a low blood glucose level.
Fruit and fruit juice add colour and sweetness to any diet. People with diabetes can enjoy fruit and fruit juices, but need to take into account the carbohydrate content of these foods. Talk to a Registered Dietitian or Diabetes Educator about including fruit and fruit juice in your diabetes meal plan, and whether juice is the best option for your hypoglycemia.