Sweetened drinks may significantly increase the risk of diabetes. A recent study published in the journal BMC revealed that these sugary drinks are devoid of healthy nutrients and produce more harmful effects than fruit and other foods containing fructose. Study lead author Dr. John Sievenpiper is a researcher in the Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Center of St. John's. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Canada. "These findings could help guide recommendations on important food sources of fructose in the prevention and management of diabetes," said Dr. Sievenpiper. "But the level of evidence is low and more high quality studies are needed."
Fructose is a kind of sugar that naturally occurs in foods such as fruits, natural fruit juices, vegetables and honey. Fructose is added in great quantities to these drinks to make then sweeter. Previous studies have suggested that fructose plays a major role in the development of diabetes and heart disease. For the study, the research team analyzed 155 studies involving the impact of fructose sugars on blood glucose levels in people with and without diabetes.
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The findings have shown that foods containing fructose sugar do not have a harmful effect on blood glucose levels, if they are not laden with excess calories and fats. In terms of nutrition, these sugary drinks add nothing to your body except empty calories. "Until more information is available, public health professionals should be aware that the harmful effects of fructose sugars on blood glucose seem to be mediated by energy and food sources," wrote the researchers.
Fenugreek Water For Diabetes
There are many natural ways in which you can monitor your blood sugar levels. A study, published in the International Journal of Vitamin and Nutrition Research, found that a daily dose of 10 grams of fenugreek seed soaked in hot water may help control type 2 diabetes. Methi dana water has the ability to lower blood sugar in people with diabetes. Methi dana contains fiber, which allows slow release of glucose in the bloodstream.
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Here's How You Can Make Fenugreek Water
1. Add a spoon of fenugreek water in a cup of water and boil it for 5-10 minutes.
2. Strain the water in a container.
3. Consume lukewarm.
Include this low cal drink in your diabetes diet and see the results yourself.
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(with ANI inputs)