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Tomato Juice and Diabetes - Is It Good For Diabetics

Article author photo Elen Khachatrian by Elen Khachatrian | Last updated on April 19, 2022
Education: Nutrition & Microbiology at YSU

Introduction

This article will discuss tomato juice's benefits in case of high blood glucose levels.

Glycemic Index and Carbohydrates

Choosing low GI and low carbohydrates diets may help you control your blood glucose level.

Tomato juice has a tiny amount of carbohydrates, containing 3.53g per 100g and 7.5g per serving (1 cup or 243 grams) accordingly.

Tomato juice also has a low glycemic index, equal to 31. As Australian researchers reported recently [1], daily intake of tomato juice may reduce the blood clotting ability in people with type 2 diabetes.

Tomato juice doesn't raise blood sugar levels due to its low GI and partly because it contains antioxidants.

However, most tomato juices are with salt, and as research shows, high sodium intake may contribute to high blood pressure [2].

Type-2 Diabetes

People with type 2 diabetes can benefit from drinking tomato juice.

Tomatoes have numerous health benefits, owing to their high lycopene content.

The study [3] enrolled 14 men and six women between the ages of 43 and 82 who had type 2 diabetes but no history of clotting issues. The participants were randomly assigned to drink 250 milliliters of tomato juice for three weeks. Platelet aggregation was significantly lower in the tomato juice group at the end of the trial. There was no significant difference in platelet aggregation [3].

References

  1. https://www.foodnavigator.com/Article/2004/08/20/Daily-tomato-juice-eases-diabetic-symptoms
  2. https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD004937.pub2/full
  3. https://www.diabetesincontrol.com/tomato-juice-reduces-clotting-in-diabetics/
Article author photo Elen Khachatrian
Education: Nutrition & Microbiology at YSU
Last updated: April 19, 2022
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