diabetestalk.net

Pickles Good For Diabetics

8 Reasons You Should Be Drinking Pickle Juice

8 Reasons You Should Be Drinking Pickle Juice

While pickles are incredibly polarizing , those who like them really love them. And whether your favorite is a deli-counter dill or a few slices of bread and butter, it's hard to deny that pickled cukes are surging in popularity right now. And for good reasonthey're a healthy snack that even celebs like Chrissy Teigen love . But what about their juice? Here's everything you need to know about the brine and all the reasons you should be drinking it. (Yes, you read that right.) Pickle juice has been proven to ease muscle aches and pains. Drinking the stuff after workouts became so popular at one time that Gatorade nearly launched its own version of the briny stuff. A post shared by Pickle Juice Sport (@picklejuice) on 2. Taking pickle-back shots is crazy fun. If you've never had one of these, you aren't living. Outside of dancing on a table, it's quite possibly the silliest thing you'll ever do at a bar but it's one of those kitschy, "Southern" gimmicks that you have to try at least once. Who knows, maybe you'll learn to love them and get all your friends on board, too. Sipping plain H20 is great, but a drink that contains both sodium and potassium is ideal because it will help you get hydrated faster and remain that way. They're both electrolytes that you lose when you sweat and pickle juice contains them both. Pickle juice can replace expensive, sugary sports drinks. And sometimes it's even free if you keep a jar of pickles in the fridge. You can even make your own by pickling cucumbers in vinegar, garlic, and salt. 5. It's more readily available than ever. If your main argument against drinking pickle juice is that you'd have to do so out of the jar, then you have no more excuses. The briny stuff is now available in canned form for your convenience. Pickle juice conta Continue reading >>

Healthy Eating: Pickles, Vinegar & Diabetes

Healthy Eating: Pickles, Vinegar & Diabetes

Recent studies at Lund University in Sweden studied the effects of eating pickles with high-carb meals. Folks who didnt eat pickles saw their blood sugar spike to the moonbut the pickleeaters were somehow immune. Just recently, an American research team unlocked the answer by giving everyone a bit of vinegar with their meals. They measured patients blood-sugar after the meals. Then they fed the patients the same meals without vinegar, and measured again. The vinegar slashed their blood sugar after meals as much as 50 percent! A big plus in a second study showed that the vinegar-takers also lost significant weight! How does it work? Simply and safely, the vinegar seems to stop carbs from breaking down in your stomach. So the carbs arent absorbed and converted to sugar nearly as fast. No drugs, no cost, no carb-counting and 50% lower blood sugar with no side-effects and its free. Ever since I was a young child, I loved my mothers salad dressing and it left me craving for apple cider vinegar. In my youth it was not uncommon to find a rack holding both extra virgin olive oil and apple cider vinegar. As I began my research on healthy eating, I found more and more reasons why vinegar is so important as a part of the Mediterranean meal. You can get books on vinegar that will point out why it works so well as an "elixir to life." Over 50 years ago, it was also common to use vinegar on clams and french fries. The English like to eat that way - using vinegar on fish and chips or any meat. Vinegar is acetic acid and kills bacteria and helps to break down fats as a marinade and makes the stew beef more tender. I use it in all kinds of soups, salads, fish and meat dishes. Make any dried bean dish less gassy by adding 1/8 to 1/4 cup vinegar to the soaking water. Rinse thoroughly aft Continue reading >>

Glycemic Index For Dill Pickles

Glycemic Index For Dill Pickles

A plate of dill pickles on a table.Photo Credit: rojoimages/iStock/Getty Images Stephanie Lee began writing in 2000 with concentration on food, travel, fashion and real estate. She has written for Amnesty International and maintains three blogs. Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from the University of California, Irvine, and an M.B.A. from Concordia University. The process of pickling cucumbers in a mixture of vinegar, herbs, salt and sugar results in a product commonly called pickles. The dill pickle variety, according to the New York Food Museum, is a favorite among consumers. Not only do dill pickles make a nutritious accompaniment in a sandwich or a salad, they also rank extremely low on the glycemic index scale. To determine the glycemic index of a food product, human subjects must ingest the product before researchers study its effect on blood-glucose levels. Linus Pauling Institute explains that test volunteers are administered 50g of a test food on any given day, followed by 50g of a control food, which contains an equal amount of carbohydrates as the test food, on a later day. Blood is drawn before consumption, as well as several hours after consumption at regular intervals, to note changes in blood-glucose levels. The results are plotted as a curve and the glycemic index is calculated by dividing the area beneath the curve post-consumption of the test food by the corresponding area of the control food. The glycemic index is a measure of a food product's ability to elevate blood-glucose levels. Foods with a minimal impact on blood-glucose levels have a glycemic index of 55 or less. Foods with a moderate impact on blood-glucose levels have a glycemic index of between 56 and 69. Food products with a glycemic index above 69 have a significan Continue reading >>

Dill Pickle At Bedtime?

Dill Pickle At Bedtime?

My mother has been a (skinny) Type 2 diabetic since she was 30. She swears that a dill pickle before bed controls her DP. Anyone heard of this and has tried it? I am not a big pickle fan but would try it. I think it is the acidity. I have heard green apple, pickles, coleslaw. I think different things work for different people. Some find fat works better, peanut butter or cheese. I find for me I have to avoid all snacks after 8 pm or so or I will spike higher. DP is caused by our own hormones and the subsequent release of insulin. It is not caused by low bgs or not eating. If you don't have a good insulin response, DP will happen to most of us. A lot of us find depleting our glycogen through low carb diet or exercise often helps. 115 pounds, Breast Cancer dx'd 6/16, 6 months of chemo and 6 weeks of radiation 2000 metformin ER, 100 mg Januvia,Glimperide, Prolia, Gabapentin, Meloxicam, Probiotic with a Prebiotic, , Lisinopril, B-12, B-6, Tumeric, Magnesium, Calcium, Vit D, and Occuvite mostly vegan diet, low fat and around 125 carbs a day, walk 5-6 miles every other day and 1 hour of yoga and light weights. I eat pickles, despite the high salt content, but not in the late evening. I like pickled peppers, or gardenia on my salads. My wife does not like a kiss after I have a pickle. There is a lot of vinegar in pickles, and vinegar is rumored to lower BG. A cucumber has 1 carb per ounce, so an average size cucumber has several carbs. On my dill pickle jar it says zero carbs for the cucumber pickles. What happened to the carbs? Were they neutralized by the vinegar? Type 1 for 72 years. Using the MM 630g pump, and Dexcom G5. A1c=6.1 Continue reading >>

A Spoonful Of Vinegar Helps The Sugar Go Down

A Spoonful Of Vinegar Helps The Sugar Go Down

2 tablespoons of vinegar before a meal even as part of a vinaigrette salad dressing—will dramatically reduce the spike in blood concentrations of insulin and glucose that come after a meal. A Spoonful of Vinegar Helps the Sugar Go Down Carol Johnston is a professor of nutrition at Arizona State University’s East campus. When she started developing menus to help prevent and control diabetes, she began with a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet. The diet worked amazingly well, but it involved major changes from the way people usually eat. Johnston feared they would give up and start downing Twinkies in no time. She wondered if there was an alternative. Johnston struck gold while reading through some older studies on diabetes. Actually, she struck vinegar. Her studies indicate that 2 tablespoons of vinegar before a meal—perhaps, as part of a vinaigrette salad dressing—will dramatically reduce the spike in blood concentrations of insulin and glucose that come after a meal. In people with type 2 diabetes, these spikes can be excessive and can foster complications, including heart disease In Johnston’s initial study, about one-third of the 29 volunteers had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, another third had signs that they could become diabetic, and the rest were healthy. The scientists gave each participant the vinegar dose or a placebo to drink immediately before they ate a high-carbohydrate breakfast consisting of orange juice, a bagel, and butter. A week later, each volunteer came back for the opposite premeal treatment and then the same breakfast. After both meals, the researchers sampled blood from the participants. Although all three groups in the study had better blood readings after meals begun with vinegar cocktails, the people with signs of future dia Continue reading >>

Are Pickles Bad For You? Side Effects Of Eating Too Many

Are Pickles Bad For You? Side Effects Of Eating Too Many

Are Pickles Bad For You? Side Effects Of Eating Too Many While pickles give you probiotics and antioxidants, it takes just 3 pickles (4") to cross your daily sodium quota, while 46 gherkins (3") cross the sugar quota. It's easy to have one too many, but when you do, pickles raise your blood pressure and blood sugar. Years of eating too many pickles can even put you at risk of stomach cancer. If you have high BP, diabetes, kidney or heart disease, and gastritis, limit intake and focus on fresh veggies. Love their sweet and sour flavor but worried whetherpickles are bad for you? A pickle has a lot to offer support to the helpful gut bacteria as a probiotic, fighting cell damage with its antioxidants, and ablood sugar-lowering effect,to name a few. Check these 6 benefits of pickles. If you eat in moderation, they can easily be among your daily serving of 5 veggies. But eat too many, and you are in trouble sadly, its entirely possible to overdose on pickles. They are high in sodium and sugar and have also been linked with cancers of the stomach and esophagus. Heres a look at what happens when you eat too many pickles. Sour Pickles Can Raise The Risk Of Heart And Kidney Problems In most cases, the pickling process involves the addition of a brine solution. So, like many preserved foods, pickles are very high in sodium. A small spear of a cucumber or kosher dill pickle packs in 283 mg sodium. A 4-inch-long pickle boasts a whopping 1092 mg.1 It takes just 3 pickles to cross your daily quota of sodium. Excess sodium increases the risk of heart and kidney diseases. Buy pickles that have low sodium, without compromising on the flavor. To put the numbers in perspective, a normal healthy adult shouldnt have more than 2,300 mg a day, that is 1 tsp salt.For a child aged 48 years, it Continue reading >>

Drinking Pickle Juice: 10 Reasons It's All The Rage

Drinking Pickle Juice: 10 Reasons It's All The Rage

At first, drinking pickle juice might sound kind of gross. But there are several reasons to consider it. Athletes have been sipping this briny beverage for years. Experts didnt know all the reasons why pickle juice was good to drink after exercising. They just knew that it seemed to help relieve cramps. They were right. It appears to help with muscle cramps , plus more. Heres a look at 10 healthy benefits of drinking pickle juice. Dehydrated men experienced faster relief from muscle cramps after drinking pickle juice, according to a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise . About 1/3 cup of pickle juice is all it took to have this effect. Pickle juice relieved cramps more than drinking the same amount of water. It also helped more than drinking nothing at all. This could be because the vinegar in pickle juice may help with rapid pain relief. Vinegar may help stop nerve signals that make tired muscles cramp. For most people, drinking water for hydration after a workout is fine. Water is probably all you need if youre exercising moderately or for an hour or less. But its a different story if youre exercising hard, exercising for longer than an hour at a time, or exercising in hot climates. Drinking something with sodium and potassium can help you get hydrated faster. Sodium is an electrolyte that you lose when you sweat. Potassium is another electrolyte lost in sweat. Pickle juice contains a lot of sodium. It also has some potassium. After a sweaty or lengthy exercise session, sipping some pickle juice can help your body recover to its normal electrolyte levels more quickly. Watching your sodium intake or on a low-sodium diet? Be sure to check with your doctor and dietitian about pickle juice before drinking it. If youre trying to lose weight, youre pr Continue reading >>

The Pickle (lover) Has Landed

The Pickle (lover) Has Landed

Pickles. Yum. Sweet pickles. Dill pickles. Bread and butter pickles. Half sours. Pickled eggs, pickled garlic, and pickled okra (not all at the same time). Yep. Im home. Got back last Friday afternoon. My refrigerator already had pickles in it although not all of the above. It will, by the end of the week, have pickled eggs in it, however. One of my nurses told me hed never seen a pickle on a patients tray at the hospital I was in. Then why do they put pickles on the menu? Why do hospitals do a lot of things? I had to request a chair so I could stop lounging around in bed and sit like a grown-up. Some complete strangers changed medications my docs and I had spent a lot of time choosing to get just the right drugs and dosages. The basal rates , insulin-to-carbohydrate ratio , and correction factors on my pump were changed. I was in a very tiny room with a half-bath I couldnt get into, so I requested a potty chair. It came up seven hours later. Can anybody out there hold it for seven hours? I cant. The chair didnt have anything on it to go into, anyway. My husband asked why, if I was having respiratory problems, wasnt a pulmonologist called in. Oh, I feel confident I can handle that, the doc said. I was then told to have my CPAP machine overnighted, and then take it to this place out of our way to have the CPAP converted to a BiPAP. You cant do that. So much for he knew what to do. They didnt want me to drive home (actually, my husband drove) without having a BiPAP. After finding out you cant convert one type of machine to another, did I go back to the hospital and confess? Heck, no! We came home sans BiPAP. I lived through it. Have I told you I was in the teaching hospital for a prestigious medical school? Well, I learned a few things, all right. This whole saga began w Continue reading >>

Pickles | Dailystrength

Pickles | Dailystrength

I sometimes think that my BS/BP/heart rate go hand in hand and other times it's not the case. I was told a faster pulse means higher sugar but sometimes I test low and my heart is still fast...Same thing with blood pressure, sometimes when it's lower so is the sugar but I have had times where they didn't coincide as well. That all being said, I will have to give pickles a try! possible since the vingegar that is used has many uses for it. I just spent half the day canning 20 pints and 8 quarts of bread and butter and dill (only 6 quarts are the dill) I use splenda for the bread and butter and you can't tell the diff and I can eat pickles for breakfast lol It's new to me. I love pickles and am going to give it a try. Thanks for the info! I woke up last night with a cramp in my ankle..I tried to walk it out..did not help..so I hit the pickle jar..and it went away. I reckon it is the vinegar..I don't know. Actually, this may not be too far fetched! An old home remedy for thinning your blood was a vinegar based one, also, in medieval times, patients were put on a diet of pickles for a couple of days before bleeding. I have looked through the internet and there are some sites that list pickles as a good food for diabetics so who knows? WOW! You might be onto a great discovery that will make someone millions. I love dill pickles, so will try this. As for the blood pressure issue-well, there is a lot of salt in dill pickles. I don't think lowering BS will lower your blood pressure. Maybe you ought to take your blood pressure along with your BS and let us know the results? I'd be interested. Thanks for sharing this. I'm going to eat a dill pickle today and if this works, and the word gets out, I'm buying shares in dill pickles. LOL. Actually the data is too new to form any pos Continue reading >>

These Foods Can Help Lower Blood Sugar

These Foods Can Help Lower Blood Sugar

Diet is an important part of diabetes therapy. In fact, dietary changes are usually among the first recommendations that doctors give newly diagnosed diabetics. This article discusses the most healthful foods for diabetics and also how these foods can help lower blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of diabetes complications. The right diet for diabetics must be rich in fruits, nuts, whole grains and vegetables. A diabetes diet or MNT (medical nutrition therapy) for diabetes should also be low in fats and calories even as it packs natural nutrients. The chief aim of a diabetes diet is to help control blood sugar levels. This is done to prevent large fluctuations in blood sugar levels and also to manage body weight more effectively. Therefore, the right diabetes diet should significantly lower blood sugar and reduce the risks of cardiovascular, kidney and related diseases associated with diabetes. A diabetes diet is not a restrictive diet. Rather, it is simply a selection of healthful foods that can help lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity. This means that the foods that make up a diabetes diet are highly recommended for diabetics and non-diabetics alike. Nuts Nuts are excellent sources of essential nutrients like magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, copper, selenium, folate, vitamin E and vitamin B2. They are also rich in proteins, fibers and natural antioxidants. Antioxidants like vitamin E and selenium can protect the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas from oxidative destruction. However, the most important reason for including nuts in a diabetes diet is their low glycemic index. With their high-fiber content and low glycemic index, nuts can reduce insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes patients. In addition, nuts contain unsaturated fats, Continue reading >>

Low Sodium Sugar Free Pickles

Low Sodium Sugar Free Pickles

These pickles will keep in the refrigerator for up to two months as long as they stay covered. Try this homemade pickle recipe instead of the sodium-packed pickles from the grocery store. 1 tablespoons dry dill or 2 tablespoons fresh dill teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional) 2 cucumbers, sliced to inch rounds (about 60 slices) Combine vinegar, peppercorns, coriander seeds, dill, Stevia, salt, and pepper flakes (optional) in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil. Then turn off the heat and set aside. Combine the cucumbers, onions, and garlic, and tightly pack into a quart-sized glass jar with a lid or a Tupperware container with a lid. Pour the hot liquid over the cucumbers and onions, and ensure all vegetables are completely submerged. Close the lid tightly and refrigerate for at least 1 day before serving. MAKE IT GLUTEN-FREE: Verify that the ingredients that you are using are gluten-free and this dish can be gluten-free. A great thing about summer is that many fruits and vegetables are in season. Good news for your grocery budget! Its summer, and as the heat turns up, its important to drink enough fluids during the day. So, what are the best drinks for you if you have diabetes? Usually, produce is at its lowest price when it is in season. Here are some tasty meals that include a variety of seasonal and budget-friendly foods. Calculate the number of calories you should eat each day to maintain your present body weight: Please select an option before you continue. I don't do any physical activity other than what I need to do for my usual activities, such as going to work or school, grocery shopping, or doing chores around the house. I do some moderate exercise every day in addition to doing my usual activities. For example, I walk about 1.5 to 3 mi Continue reading >>

Dang! I Could've Had Sweet Pickles Instead! - Diabetes Self-management

Dang! I Could've Had Sweet Pickles Instead! - Diabetes Self-management

Im not perfect. In fact, Im far from perfect, especially when it comes to remembering what my CDE drove into my head about my diabetes care. Oh, I eventually remember what I should have done. Way too long after I should have done it. Take last weekend, for example. My blood glucose ran high most of Sunday. I would program my pump to give me insulin, but it didnt seem to make a lot of difference. I put it down to having eaten more fat than usual and kept correcting, and correcting, and correcting to no avail. Had I been thinking, I would have given myself some insulin by injection after failing to bring my numbers down a couple of times. If I had, I might have noticed that my insulin pumps infusion set had come out. No wonder my numbers were high: All of the insulin I had been giving myself had been soaking into my skivvies instead of being infused into me. So I eventually got my numbers down, after finally putting in a new infusion set. In fact, they went down. And down. And downuntil about 4 AM, when I woke up, shaking, sweating, and starving. A check of my blood glucose showed that it was in the 50s. Odd. Why odd? Ive been known to carry on perfectly lucid conversations with doctors and nurses without either of us knowing my glucose was somewhere in the 30s. In fact, during the time I had a visiting nurse as a part of my recuperation from one of my recent surgeries, the place that did my lab work called one afternoon to ask if I was OK. Your sugar was 42 this morning, the person answered. Heck, I had no idea. Nor did the nurse who drew the blood, changed my dressing, and schmoozed with me for awhile. I normally dont have any symptoms of being hypoglycemic and, if my continuous glucose monitor (CGM) is warming up at the time or if Im not wearing it I dont get an alarm Continue reading >>

Grass Diabetes: Pickles, Vinegar & Diabetes

Grass Diabetes: Pickles, Vinegar & Diabetes

Genetic Risk Assessment Scoring System for Diabetes Summeris hot and every bit avoidable, but what if I ask you to list the best thingsabout summer? Im sure initially it will be hard to list the positives ofsummer, but the fact is once you start jotting them down MANGO PICKLES will besure in the list. Yes,summer is the time we have seen our grandmas and our mothers looking for thoseperfect raw mangoes which will go well in making the lip smacking pickles andwill be stored in those big earthen urns for consumption throughout the year. Similarto pickles are vinegar which are generally made once and stored for the rest ofyear for consumption. Indian vinegar is eaten along with most kind of dishesfor enhancing the taste of food or simply to satisfy the taste buds of ourtongue J So,if you have been diabetic or are a pre-diabetic or one of those who areconcerned to know what all to eat and what to avoid for diabetes, what do youdo for pickles/ vinegar? Do you eat them? What are the causes and effects ofeating pickles or vinegar in diabetes? Let us know at the email address mentioned below/ contact us through our website. Generally,it is observed that people tend to eat pickles (leave the sweet pickles aside) andvinegar with meals which are high in carbohydrates. People who dont eatpickles with that high-carb food can see their blood sugar levels spike high,but the pickle-eaters are somehow immune. Whatcould be the reason for it? A few years ago, in an American research, theanswer was found by giving everyone a bit of vinegar with their meals. The patientsblood-sugar was measured after the meals. Then they gave the patients the samemeals without vinegar, and measured again.Itwas clearly observed that the vinegar slashed their bloodsugar after meals as much as 50 percent! In a Continue reading >>

Drinking Pickle Juice: Good Or Bad?

Drinking Pickle Juice: Good Or Bad?

Pickles have been considered a health food for centuries. Julius Caesar is said to have fed them to his troops to boost strength, and Cleopatra favored them as a beauty aid. The juice from pickles is also thought to have several health benefits and uses. It's claimed to enhance exercise performance, help control blood sugar and more. However, it's also high in salt. So is pickle juice really as healthy as it's claimed to be? This article sets the record straight. What is pickle juice? Pickles are said to date back to 2030 B.C., when cucumbers were preserved by travelers journeying from India to the Tigris Valley. Pickling requires three main ingredients: cucumbers, salt and water. The cucumbers are fermented by Lactobacillus bacteria, which normally cover the cucumber's skin. However, these beneficial probiotic bacteria are usually removed during commercial processing, and vinegar is added instead. After several weeks of curing, the cucumbers have transformed into pickles and are ready to eat. The juice is what remains once the pickles are removed. Bottom line: Pickling is a simple way to preserve cucumbers and other foods using salt, water and sometimes vinegar. Nutrients in pickle juice Here's what you can expect to find in 3.5 oz (100 ml) of pickle juice (1): Carbs: 0.4 grams. Calcium: 1-5% of the RDI. Sodium: 50-115% of the RDI. Potassium: 3% of the RDI. Magnesium: 3% of the RDI. Probiotics: Up to 10,700 colony-forming units per 3.5 oz (100 ml) (2). Bottom line: Pickle juice contains trace amounts of carbs, minerals and sometimes probiotic bacteria. It is also very high in sodium. Claimed health benefits and uses Pickle juice is rumored to have many different uses and health benefits. Here are a few of the most common claims: Claim: Pickle juice is beneficial for sp Continue reading >>

Home Is Where The Pickles Are

Home Is Where The Pickles Are

When I said last week I would write more about doctors, little did I know what was about to transpire. Flying to a major US city to attend a meeting, I told the flight attendant a couple of times I was having trouble breathing. His reaction was along the lines of Uh-huh. Then I remember a brief moment of moving and the word ambulance. Nothing more until: Do you know where you are? Whats the date? Whos the vice president? And thus began my weeklong stay in a well-known east coast hospital. If its Tuesday, Im probably still there. At any rate, I missed the meeting. And I met a lot of docs. And, by the end of the week, I had questions of my own, such as: Theyre still using NPH? If I say I need to use the bathroom, why does it take seven hours to get a bedside potty there? Why isnt there a bucket on it? Is the prisoner next door dangerous? And last, but not least, why do I never get the dill pickles I request for my hamburger? Or perhaps that should be, Will I ever get out of here? They may have figured out I have private insurance and wanted to keep me! They certainly put up enough hoops for me to jump through. They took my insulin pump off in ICU. Hey, I can relate. I wasnt exactly what youd call conscious. From then until they handed it back over to me, I got injections of NPH. This was ordered by an endocrinologist. Then she messed around with my pump settings. I was not amused. I was running high. Because my blood pressure dropped low, they messed with those meds. My blood pressure ran high. Other meds I take on a regular basis just kind ofdisappeared. So what happened? First, you should know that Im terrified of flying. However, I like to go places, so I take an anti-anxiety drug when I fly. Have been for decades. This time, Id been prescribed a new drug for phantom Continue reading >>

More in diabetes