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WHICH FUTURELIFE® PRODUCTS CAN I USE IF I HAVE DIABETES?

WHICH FUTURELIFE® PRODUCTS CAN I USE IF I HAVE DIABETES?

Low Glycaemic Index (GI), high fibre, portion-controlled foods are a priority when it comes to managing your diet in diabetes. But for those living with diabetes, choosing the right food in the right amounts can become stressful and quite complicated. Not only do these choices affect blood glucose levels and how well you feel, but it will also need to be convenient enough to fit into your lifestyle.

 

FUTURELIFE® and Diabetes

At FUTURELIFE®, we have a variety of products in our range that are suitable for those living with diabetes. Not only are these products nutritionally dense, balanced and convenient, they also boast the additional benefit of being low GI which make them perfect for a diabetic diet.

 

What does GI mean and why is it important for those living with diabetes?

GI refers to the glycaemic index of a carbohydrate. A low GI carbohydrate will be absorbed at a slower rate, resulting in a more gradual rise in blood sugar levels4, which is ideal for the daily diet of a person living with diabetes. High GI foods on the other hand will result in a rapid rise in blood sugar levels as the carbohydrate and sugar content are absorbed quickly and therefore not recommended for those living with diabetes2,3,4.  

 

Glycaemic Load (GL) is another important term when choosing food appropriate for those living with diabetes. GL takes the quantity of carbohydrates in a portion into account in addition to how quickly the carbohydrates are absorbed (GI). If you have diabetes, you should aim to eat low GI and low GL foods6.

 

Products within the FUTURELIFE® range suitable for those living with diabetes:

SUITABLE PRODUCTS

GI

FEATURES

FUTURELIFE® Smart food™

Low

FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ is high in protein, fibre and omega 3 and contains Inulin, a prebiotic fibre beneficial for gut health. It is available in four delicious flavours: Original, Chocolate, Banana and Strawberry. We recommend you have a 50g portion (5 tablespoons) or ½ cup measure of FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ mixed with water or low fat or fat free milk as a meal and a 25g portion (2½ tablespoons) as a smoothie or snack.

 

*This product along with the 2 below, provides 100% of all the vitamins and most minerals that you need daily per 100g of product (according to NRVs). In addition to that, most of our powdered range contains MODUCARE® for additional immune support5.

FUTURELIFE® ZERO Smart food™

Low

This product contains zero added cane sugar (only lactose, which is a

naturally occurring milk sugar) and our blend of non-nutritive sweeteners: sucralose and erythritol. It therefore caters for those who want to decrease their sugar intake. It contains only 4.4g of total fat per 50g serving. We recommend you have a 50g portion (5 tablespoons) as a meal or shake.  FUTURELIFE® ZERO Smart food™ is available in Original flavour.

FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart food™

Low

FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart food™ is higher in protein and contains less carbohydrates compared to our FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ and FUTURELIFE® ZERO Smart food™. It also contains our patented SmartProtein3D™, which is a blend of whey, soy and casein. This product has the lowest GI of our products and typically yields the best results in managing blood glucose levels. We recommend a serving of 5 heaped tablespoons, ½ cup or 50g of powder mixed with water or low fat or fat free milk as a meal and a 25g portion (2½ tablespoons) as a smoothie or snack. FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart food™ is available in two flavours: Original and Chocolate.

 

FUTURELIFE® High Protein Bread Range

(Brown Bread, Oats and Honey Flavoured Brown Bread and Ancient Grain Brown Bread)

Low

The FUTURELIFE® High Protein Bread Range is low GI, high in dietary fibre and a source of omega-3 fatty acids. The range is high in protein, containing all the amino acids to make it a complete protein. It is also suitable for vegans. A serving of the FUTURELIFE® High Protein Brown Bread consists of 2 slices of bread providing 2 carbohydrate exchanges. A serving of the FUTURELIFE® Oats and Honey Flavoured Brown Bread and FUTURELIFE® Ancient Grain Brown Bread is one slice as these dumpy loaves are more dense, providing 18g and 20g of carbohydrates respectively.

 

FUTURELIFE® High Protein LITE Smartbars

Low

FUTURELIFE® High Protein LITE bars are low GI, high in protein, lower in sugar (when compared to our other bars) and contain a mere 7 or 8g of carbohydrates per bar (depending on the flavour) which works out to ½ a carbohydrate exchange4. There are two flavours available: Chocolate Crunch and Peanut Butter Crunch. They are suitable for those living with diabetes as an on-the-go snack or after exercise. They are also convenient as they can be kept in your handbag, car or desk drawer to prevent long periods of not eating, therefore assisting in blood sugar control.

FUTURELIFE® Bran Flakes and Barley with Probiotic Capsules

Intermediate

 

FUTURELIFE® Bran Flakes and Barley with Probiotic Capsules combines fibre and live beneficial cultures (probiotics) which are packed separately in capsule form to retain their nutritional properties. It is high in dietary fibre, providing 9.9g per 45g serving and contains 19 amino acids. It contains HOWARU® Premium Probiotics, a blend of clinically studied probiotics that has been scientifically formulated to contain 2 of the most studied probiotic strains for gut and immune health, Lactobacillus Acidophilus NCFM® and Bifidobacterium Lactis HN019™.  Each capsule contains 1 billion CFU (colony forming units) HOWARU® Premium Probiotics at time of manufacture. A 45g serving is around 200ml or ¾ of a cup. Be sure to enjoy it with milk or yoghurt to help lower the GI.

FUTURELIFE® Smart Oats® with Ancient Grains

Intermediate

FUTURELIFE® Smart Oats® with Ancient Grains is a multigrain product that contains oats, SmartMaize™, rice and two ancient grains, namely; sorghum and quinoa. It is high in fibre and calcium and a source of protein. It provides a naturally-occurring fibre in oats called Beta-Glucan, known to assist in the management of blood sugar levels and cholesterol reduction. FUTURELIFE® Smart Oats® with Ancient Grains has an intermediate GI, therefore is only recommended for those living with diabetes as an after-exercise snack, or as a meal alongside the addition of milk or another protein and healthy fat. It mixes instantly with hot or cold water or milk and is available in Original, Chocolate, Mixed Berries and Honey flavours.

FUTURELIFE ® High Energy Bar

High

Keep this bar in your handbag or car as a precautionary measure for hypoglycaemic emergencies. Be vigilant with your medication and eating regular healthy meals, and snacks if necessary.

 

What about sugar?  

FUTURELIFE® does not promote the intake of uncontrolled amounts of sugar. Many of our products contain sugars that are found naturally in our ingredients such as lactose from milk and some sucrose from our raw materials.

 

Many people mistakenly categorise ‘sugar’ as glucose only, which has a high GI effect and raises your blood sugar levels quickly. Sucrose or table sugar is made up of fructose and glucose, which together have an intermediate GI7. This means that on its own it pushes up your blood sugar levels at a moderate rate. However, if you have only a small amount of sugar in combination with other nutrients such as protein, fat and fibre (such as in our FUTURELIFE® powdered products), the 

sugar is absorbed more slowly into the blood and does not push up blood sugar levels as quickly as when eaten on its own. As you can see, we have developed products that range in sugar content to cater for everyone’s preference.

 

Conclusion

Diabetes management is complicated, every individual living with diabetes may respond differently to our products, making certain products suitable to different individuals. We recommend that you test the effect of these products on your blood sugar levels, like you would with any other product.

 

REFERENCES:

  1. Experience life (2016). Resistant Starch for a Healthy Gut. Available at:
  2. https://experiencelife.com/article/resistant-starch-for-a-healthy-gut/ (Accessed September 2018)
  3. The Glycaemic Index of South Africa (2017). Cereals and Muesli. Available at: gifoundation.com/food-list/cereals-and-muesli/ (Accessed September 2018)
  4. The University of Sydney (2017). About Glycemic Index. Available at: http://www.glycemicindex.com/about.php (Accessed September 2018)
  5. http://www.futurelife.co.za/products/
  6. Everyday Health (2014). Glycemic Load: The Key to a Smarter Diabetes Diet. Available at: https://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/type-2-diabetes-live-better-guide/glycemic-load/ (Accessed September 2018)
  7. Glycaemic Index of South Africa (2017). Sugars and Sweetners. Available at: https://www.gifoundation.com/food-list/sugars-and-sweetners/ (Accessed September 2018)

 

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