Should you start juicing if you have diabetes?

Whether or not juicing fits into a healthy diabetic diet plan depends on the individual.

If you have diabetes, how your blood sugar responds to foods and beverages is individual because of your unique genetic and biochemical makeup (18Trusted Source).

If your diabetes is poorly controlled, juices are likely not a good option right now. You may instead benefit from other ways of incorporating whole vegetables and fruits into your diet.

If your diabetes is well controlled, adding small amounts of low-sugar juice to your diet may be suitable. However, it’s important to continue closely monitoring your blood sugar as you introduce this dietary change.

Overall, the best approach is to consult with a dietitian or other qualified healthcare practitioner to help you develop a dietary plan tailored to your unique nutritional needs.

SUMMARY If your blood sugar is not well controlled, juices may worsen your health situation. If you currently have good diabetic control, small amounts of fresh juice may be a healthy choice, but you need to closely monitor your body’s response to this dietary change.

The bottom line

Juicing is an increasingly popular and efficient way of consuming beneficial nutrients in fruits and vegetables.

Although fresh juices can be healthy for some people, they may not be a great choice for people with diabetes due to their high sugar content and how they can increase your blood sugar.

Choosing more vegetable-based juices and paying attention to portion sizes are ways that may help reduce blood sugar response after drinking juice.

If you have diabetes and are interested in adding juice to your diet, consult with a dietitian to develop a plan tailored to your unique nutrition needs.