What are glucose control nutritional drinks?

Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics
Glucose control beverages contain slowly digestible carbohydrates to help minimize spikes in blood sugar levels. These products keep blood sugar levels fairly steady. Some of the products may contain a higher fiber content which will also slow the release of glucose into the bloodstream. A word of caution- do not use these types of products if you have a low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). To treat a low blood sugar you want to use a fast acting carbohydrate source not a slow acting source like glucose control beverages and snack bars.

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