Carrot Juice Dangers:

Carrot Juice Is Dangerous for Diabetics

by Chet Day

A reader sent me an article by one of the vegan health gurus who bases many of his conclusions on the insights and dated "science" of Norman Walker, another health guru who would never give his true age but who supposedly died somewhere between 104 and 119, depending on who's telling the story.

Inexcusably, in my opinion, the author of this article pretty much concluded that straight carrot juice was just great for everyone, including diabetics and those with other blood sugar sensitivities.




Dangerous nonsense.

I don't know why some of these natural health gurus so often promote misinformation based on a handful of anecdotal testimonies and by citing "authorities" like Norman Walker --much of whose "science" would appall an intelligent sixth grade biology student -- but they do.

I do know enough to set the record straight on 100% carrot juice being appropriate for Type-1 diabetics.

It's not appropriate, and straight carrot juice for insulin-dependent diabetics can be downright dangerous in many, if not most, instances.

Since my wife has been taking multiple insulin injections every day of her life for over thirty years as well as being a serious natural health student for over a decade, if you asked her, she'd tell you unequivocally from both her personal experience and her extensive reading that straight carrot juice can screw up a brittle diabetic's blood sugar faster than a hare with a cheetah snapping at its heels.

And any credible voice in medicine, physiology, or even the natural health field will tell you the same thing.

Since the author of this flawed article tried without success to make sense of the glycemic index and its relation to carrot juice and blood sugar, I decided to go to someone who understands the glycemic index with the simple question, "Is drinking raw, freshly-extracted carrot juice a healthy thing to do?"

Here's the answer I received from Dr. Ann de Wees Allen of the Glycemic Research Institute:

Dear Chet,

Per your e mail:

Raw carrot juice is a great source of phytochemicals and flavonoids and carotenoids. If the carrots to be used are not organic, peel them to avoid concentrations of herbicides and pesticides.

Though carrot juice is indeed healthy, it should not be used by persons with blood sugar disorders, such as diabetes, insulin resistance, Syndrome X, and hypoglycemia, etc., as carrot juice is high glycemic.

Persons with blood sugar disorders may consume small amounts (1/4 cup per person) of raw carrot juice if it is mixed into soups or added to foods (stews, recipes, etc.).

Dr. Ann de Wees Allen Chief of Biomedical Research Glycemic Research Institute

Thanks to Dr. Allen for taking the time to reply. Of course, she's not alone in condemning straight carrot juice as being counter-productive for those with blood sugar sensitivities. In fact, other than the strict vegan guru who promotes carrot juice for everyone, I don't know a single reliable authority in (or out of) the natural health movement who would advocate straight carrot juice for diabetics.

Not one.

Indicative of the sloppy thinking and poor scholarship of the article in question, I also want to point out that the author misrepresented the Gerson Institute as giving eight glasses of carrot juice a day when, in reality, they use, to quote from their website at "Thirteen glasses of fresh, raw carrot/apple and green-leaf juices prepared hourly from fresh, organic fruits and vegetables."

To summarize my position, as well as the position of many authorities in the natural health movement, freshly extracted vegetable juice is a great thing for health, but straight carrot juice for those with blood sugar sensitivities... no way, Jose.

In my opinion, anyone who states or even implies that straight carrot juice is appropriate for brittle, Type 1 diabetics and for those with blood sugar problems needs to spend some serious time educating him/herself to the truth.

I have a few more thoughts about juicing in my long article on the dangers of a vegan diet.

In closing, I urge you to research this straight carrot juice question (and all health questions) for yourself. Don't give both ears to those who make wild, unverified claims about what's good for your health. Instead, do your homework. Investigate many sources so you can then make an educated and thoughtful decision about what to do.

And if any so-called expert tells you straight carrot juice is good for Type 1, brittle diabetics, lace your sneakers tight and run away as fast as you can from this kind of downright dangerous advice.

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