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Protein shakes have been popular for a while now. They’re used primarily by body builders and those trying to shed excess weight. There are various brands, such as Visalus shakes, which are ideal for maintaining a good shape without exhausting yourself with difficult diets.
Visalus contains a lot of healthy ingredients to keep your tummy full and healthy at the same time. This shake is confirmed safe for pregnant women but what about people with diabetes? Do shakes like these cause harm for people who potentially can’t consume protein because of high level of glucose?
People with diabetes often wonder how much protein should they consume. Proteins are useful for diabetics, because they strengthen bones and have beneficial impact on the nervous system.
People who do sports should pay attention to protein shakes. Proteins are macro compounds with nitrogen content. They are found in both animal and vegetable organic products.
But you should control the level of protein you consume because the liver converts excess protein into glucose. For diabetics, this can be a problem.
Low-carb dieters stick to a strict rule of 0.5-1g of protein per kg of body weight per day. Beyond this, and the body turns protein into sugar. On a standard balanced or diabetic diet, 15-20% of calories should come from protein.
Can you drink protein shakes if you have diabetes?
Consuming protein if you have diabetes is not forbidden. But you need to remember that before you include a certain product in your daily routine, you need to consult with your doctor and regularly check your blood glucose levels.
People with diabetes who do sports, trying to keep a proper diet without a nutritionist, say that there is no harm to their body whatsoever – the only thing they notice is muscle mass growth.
If you have type-2 diabetes, it is inadvisable to mix shakes with alcohol, smoking, drinking coffee or eating junk food.
Protein shake for diabetics recipe
Obviously, a protein shake for people with diabetes should differ from a protein shake for those without.
People with diabetes should not consume lots of sugar, as this impacts blood glucose levels, which can cause serious consequences like coma. Always check the label of any ingredients in your shakes to make sure you keep within tolerable limits.
Make sure you talk over your dietary plans with your nurse or doctor, including protein shakes.
We include some recipes below (and used the Visalus shakes as our base, though you could sub these for others).
1. Banana shakes
For this one you will new a few simple ingredients you can simply find at your local store. You need:
- 180 grams of cottage cheese
- 600 ml milk
- 2-3 bananas
- 50 g of nuts of your choice
- honey (just a small amount) or stevia
- Add 180 grams of cottage cheese to a mixing bowl. Stir all the curds so the cheese has more of a creamy texture. Add milk and chop some bananas. Chop nuts into smaller pieces and out everything in the blender.
- Add a little bit of honey, four scoops of your Visalus shake mix and shake thoroughly in the blender. You can also add some ice if you want to. This are the ingredients for two portions. You can store it and save for later.
2. Cinnamon shakes
For this simple shake you will need:
- 250 ml of milk
- half of the banana
- 2-3 tablespoons of oatmeal
- cinnamon to taste
- Add 250 ml of milk, chop the bananas and add to a mixing bowl, scoop 2-3 tablespoons of oatmeal and two scoops of Visalus shake. Add cinnamon and mix. Serve the drink.
- Before you start mixing ingredients, calculate how much mixing powder you need. Depending on your goal and loads, count from 1 to 2.5 grams per kilogram of weight. That is, if a person weighs 100 kg and is engaged in power sports, then he or she needs to make a shake that contains 250 grams of protein and low sugar.