Think you’ve got your diet under control? You may be gulping down hundreds of unwanted calories without even knowing it.
“Believe it or not, more than 20 percent of our daily calories come from the things that we drink,” says Susan Aaronson, M.S., R.D., wellness coordinator for the M-Fit Health Promotion Division at the University of Michigan Health System.
“In fact, the World Health Organization recommends that people consume only about 10 percent of their calories from liquids. So those extra calories from liquid beverages are adding to American’s obesity epidemic, making it more difficult for people to lose weight and control their type-2 diabetes.”
Avoid Soft drinks
The doctors behind one of the nation’s most comprehensive public health studies have concluded what most dieters and type-2 diabetics already know: Chugging down sodas packs on the pounds.
The study of more than 90,000 women also suggests that increased consumption of sodas and other sugary drinks may significantly increase the chance of getting type-2 diabetes, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Soft drinks on a whole create an acidic environment in the body, but add to it the toxic chemicals within a diet soft drink, and you have a double-acidic whammy.
Avoid diet drinks
Research has shown that people have diet drinks regularly may be more likely to gain weight and develop metabolic syndrome, a condition that includes having excess belly fat, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and insulin resistance.
One theory why: Taste signals how many calories are in a particular food and helps your body judge how they should be used explains Terry Davidson, PhD, director of the Ingestive Behavior Research Center at Perdue University in I Indiana
Loading up on sweet drinks with no calories interferes with that signal, making it difficult for your body to determine how much you really need to eat.
Limit your intake of commercially produced fruit juices
Consumption of commercially produced orange, tomato, and pineapple juice should be kept to a minimum. Due to the fact that the natural enzymes of these juices have been destroyed during processing, all that remains is the acid part of the juice.
Research now shows that in addition to soft drinks, juice is now a contributing factor to the onset of type-2 diabetes.
Orange juice is marketed as a simple, healthy, and natural food; in fact, it’s heavily processed and contains several added chemicals.
In her 2009 book, “Squeezed: What You Don’t Know About Orange Juice,” Alissa Hamilton says the production of orange juice has become highly mechanized and involves the input of chemists and engineers, and is therefore not a highly recommended drink product to say the least.
Tip: If you want to drink juice consider having it during a meal with fiber. The fiber will slow down the absorption of sugar in the blood.
So, what drinks are recommended for a type-2 diabetes diet?
1. Fresh squeezed fruit and vegetable juices
Fresh fruit and vegetable juices are extremely beneficial in treating type-2 diabetes due to their high concentration of natural enzymes, and their ability to flush out toxins from the bloodstream.
Fresh juices are loaded with vitamins and minerals, especially the all- important plant- based Omega-3 linolenic acid, and precious live plant enzymes.
Drinking pomegranate juice may protect type-2 diabetics from developing heart disease, according to a new Israeli study published in the August issue of the journal Atherosclerosis.
Atherosclerosis — a condition in which the walls of the arteries become thickened and hard — is associated with roughly 80 percent of all deaths of patients with type-2 diabetes. The study — conducted by researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology — examined the effects of daily consumption of pomegranate juice on the development of atherosclerosis.
In Java, noni has been part of the treatment for diabetes for decades. Most of the folk uses for diabetes involve chewing the leaves or a combination of the plant and leaves. Chewing mulberry leaves releases and activates large amounts of mucilage or insoluble dietary fiber. The fiber may slow the absorption of simple sugars from the gut. The effect in most patients would be a slight reduction in the peak glucose level following a meal.
Noni juice works to fight type-2 diabetes by healing the cell wall receptors, so it is of particular help to those who suffer from type 2 diabetes caused by a disruption of the autoimmune system. Noni has been shown time and time again to help increase the body’s natural immune system, which works in conjunction with noni’s other natural healing properties to help those suffering from diabetes. Those who are inflicted with type 1 diabetes will still see a tremendous benefit to their health since the increased immunity and the other health benefits of noni juice will help mitigate the damaging aspects of type-2 diabetes.
For best results, take 1 oz of Noni juice up to three times a day, before a meal.