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Pineapple Juice and Diabetes

By Christina Rollins

Pineapple juice contains carbohydrates and other key nutrients such as vitamin C and calcium. According to MyPyramid.gov, the nutrients found in pineapple juice are an important part of a healthy diet. Understanding serving size and digestion regulation will help you enjoy pineapple juice while maintaining good blood sugar control and managing diabetes.

Serving Size

One serving of 100 percent pineapple juice is equal to 4 oz., or 1/2 cup. Each serving contains about 15 g of carbohydrate comprised of sugar. The American Dietetic Association recommends you consume about 45 to 75 g carbohydrate per meal and 15 to 30 g carbohydrate per snack as part of diabetes management. If you drink more than one serving of pineapple juice, you must account for the extra carbohydrates in your diabetic meal plan.

Regulating Digestion and Aborption

Be sure you pair pineapple juice with a more complex food such as whole wheat toast or scrambled eggs. Having diabetes means your body cannot properly regulate simple sugars. Since pineapple juice gets 100 percent of its calories from simple sugar and contains no fiber, fat or protein, your body will absorb it very quickly. This rapid absorption can lead to high blood sugar levels if not balanced with other foods.

The Calcium Connection

Pineapple juice provides 2 percent of the Percent Daily Value of calcium. Calcium is a mineral needed by your body build and maintain strong bones and teeth. To enjoy pineapple juice and boost calcium intake, try mixing one serving of juice with 1 cup plain yogurt. This will provide more than one-third of your daily calcium requirement and 30 g of carbohydrates, which is an appropriate snack for diabetics.

Vitamin C and Pineapple Juice

The United States Department of Agriculture reports that one serving of vitamin C provides 40 percent of the Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Vitamin C is a necessary component of wound healing. Since diabetes can slow down wound healing, it is important for you to consume adequate amounts of vitamin C each day.

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