Carrot Juice Dangers:
Juice Is Dangerous for Diabetics
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.
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.
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.
know enough to set the record straight on 100% carrot juice being
appropriate for Type-1 diabetics.
not appropriate, and straight carrot juice for insulin-dependent
diabetics can be downright dangerous in many, if not most, instances.
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.
any credible voice in medicine, physiology, or even the natural
health field will tell you the same thing.
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?"
the answer I received from Dr. Ann de Wees Allen of the Glycemic
your e mail:
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.
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.
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.).
Ann de Wees Allen Chief of Biomedical Research Glycemic Research
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.
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 http://Gerson.org:
"Thirteen glasses of fresh, raw carrot/apple and green-leaf
juices prepared hourly from fresh, organic fruits and vegetables."
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.
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.
a few more thoughts about juicing in my long article on the dangers
of a vegan diet.
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
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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