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Bars and Shakes

Here is a question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org

I was diagnosed with diabetes a few months ago.  I’m wondering about those bars and shakes I see advertised for people with diabetes.  Are they good to use?  Sometimes I’m out and need a snack or quick lunch.

Answer:  This is a great question!  There are many different bars and shakes available these days, and when you are in a hurry or on the run, they are an OK meal replacement.  When looking at these products, make sure to pay attention to the label.  You want to choose a product that has protein in addition to calories and fat, and the calories should be comparable to what you would normally eat at a meal.  Some products available are much higher in fat, carbohydrates and calories than others, so read the label.  Also, remember that although these are advertised for people with diabetes, there are still carbohydrates in them which means they will still raise your blood sugars.

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