5 grams of sugar in Healthy Balance Drinks...being a type 2 Diabetic what gram level is okay to have per day? Thank you, Diane...new to this being diabetic and need to educate myself real soon...this is a start.

I am thrilled that you used the Old Orchard website to “start” your education! Good for you. Please feel free to “Ask Amy” any nutrition related questions or dilemmas in the future. It is very important that you are interested in learning more about following a healthy diet in light of your diabetes. Diabetes can be a dangerous disease and if not managed properly may lead to a decrease in kidney function, hand/feet numbness, non-healing wounds, decreased vision etc.

To begin, it may be a good idea for you to visit a local registered dietitian to get a detailed meal plan that is tailored to meet your needs. She will be able to work with you to determine how many overall carbohydrate servings you should aim for a day and she can provide you with education to determine which carbohydrates are the best choices. She can also help you determine which foods contain the most overall sugar and possibly help you to reduce consumption of these foods or find satisfying alternatives.

It is good that you are checking food labels, as they contain vital information that can help you make the healthiest choices possible. The label itself is fairly detailed, however, and some people have told me that it is overwhelming or confusing. I would start by becoming familiar with serving sizes, which will help you monitor and control your portions. Also look for products with increased fiber, decreased salt, and products that are low in saturated fats. The sugar/total carbohydrate portion is another area to monitor. The American Heart Association suggests that we reduce our intake of “added” (high fructose corn syrup, molasses, dextrose) sugars and aim for no more than 30 grams of sugar per day for women and 45 grams of sugar per day for men. The Healthy Balance Drinks do have 5 grams of sugar, but this sugar is considered natural sugar and comes from fruit! So, not only do the Healthy Balance Drinks contain low amounts of total sugar, it is considered natural sugar, which is a healthier choice then the added sugars that you may find in other juice drinks. Login to Favorite