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

For those living with Diabetes, choosing the right food in the right amounts is often a concern. Not only will these choices affect your blood glucose readings and how well you feel, but they’ll also need to fit into your daily life as seamlessly as possible. Low GI, high fibre, portion-controlled foods are a priority when it comes to managing your diet in Diabetes. Certain FUTURELIFE® products not only ensure that these needs are met while providing a food that is as nutrient dense, balanced, and convenient as possible, but also boast a range of ‘Diabetes-friendly’ endorsements.

Along with the above we use:

  • Non-Genetically Modified (Non – GMO) ingredients
  • Unique patented cooking process which preserves nutrients and creates resistant starch which is beneficial for gut health1.
  • A process called Nitrogen flushing in our powdered range, which means we use no additives or preservatives in our products as well as the benefit of a functional ingredient.
  • Many of our products are endorsed by Diabetes South Africa (DSA)2 as well as the GI Foundation of South Africa (GIFSA)3.

The products carrying the aforementioned endorsements all have a low glycaemic index (GI) which means that the carbohydrates will be absorbed at a slower rate, which results in a more gradual rise in blood sugar levels4. A high GI food 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 diabetics4. Below is a table highlighting these products to put your mind at ease.

PRODUCTS YOU CAN USE GI FEATURES
FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ Low FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ is high in protein, fibre and omega 3 and contains Inulin, a prebiotic beneficial for gut health. FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ is endorsed by both the Glycaemic Index Foundation of South Africa (GIFSA) and Diabetes South Africa (DSA). 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 of the minerals that you need daily per 100g of product (according to NRVs). In addition to that, most of our powdered range contain MODUCARE® for additional immune support5.

FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart food™ Low 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. It contains SUPRO® Soy Protein Isolate, which is the functional ingredient and has the informed choice endorsement, meaning that it is tested monthly for banned substances. Along with being the lowest GI of our products, it also has a low glycaemic load (GL). GL takes the quantity of carbohydrates into account in addition to how quickly the carbohydrates are absorbed (GI). If you are diabetic you should always aim to eat low GI and low GL foods6. Due to this unique formulation it 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® ZERO Smart food™ Low This product contains zero added cane sugar (only lactose, which is a
naturally occurring milk sugar) and our blend of Smart Sweetness (Stevia, Sucralose and Xylitol). It therefore caters for those who want to decrease their sugar intake. It contains a blend of soy, maize, brown rice and Acacia fibre which is a soluble fibre, that when it encounters liquid expands keeping you fuller for longer4. It contains only 1.5g of fat per 40g serving. We recommend you have a 40g portion (4 tablespoons) as a meal or shake.
FUTURELIFE® Smart Drink™ Low It contains 50 nutrients (including 20 vitamins and minerals), 18 amino acids and is a source of calcium and protein. It contains a combination of soy, whey and casein which is helpful in recovery from exercise. It contains less sugar, 10.3 – 12.6g per serving, most of which is naturally occurring lactose, and much less than any other milk-based drinks on the market. These drinks are available in 3 flavours: vanilla caramel, milky chocolate, and strawberry & banana. These are great as an on-the-go meal or snack.
FUTURELIFE® Smart Bread™ Low FUTURELIFE® Smart Bread™ is a brown bread that is low GI and high in dietary fibre. It is the first bread made from non-GMO grains and contains more vitamins and minerals (13 vitamins and 4 minerals) than other breads. Further to this, FUTURELIFE® Smart Bread™ Brown is high in protein, contains all the amino acids to make it a complete protein and a source of omega-3. It is also suitable for both vegans and vegetarians. A serving consists of 2 slices of bread and it works out to 2 carbohydrate exchanges.
FUTURELIFE® High Protein LITE Smartbar Low They are low GI, high in protein, lower in sugar when compared to the 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.It is available in two flavours: Chocolate Crunch and Peanut Butter Crunch. It is suitable for diabetics as an on the go meal or snack or after exercise. They are also ultra-convenient and can be kept in your handbag, car or desk drawer to prevent long periods of not eating which will assist in blood sugar control.
FUTURELIFE® Bran Flakes with Probiotic Sachets Intermediate FUTURELIFE® Bran Flakes with Probiotic Sachets is the world’s first breakfast to combine fibre and live beneficial cultures which are packed separately to retain their nutritional properties. It is high in dietary fibre, providing 11.7g 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 1g sachet 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® Zero WITH Oats™ Intermediate FUTURELIFE® Zero WITH Oats™ contains a blend of soy, maize and steel cut oats. It is high in protein and fibre, contains no added cane sugar or lactose (the only sugar in this product is found naturally within the grains themselves) with our blend of Smart Sweetness and contains only 2g of fat per 40g serving. We recommend you have a 40g portion (4 tablespoons) as a meal or shake with low fat milk or yoghurt to lower the GI. It is available in Apple Berry Flavour.
FUTURELIFE® Smart Oats® Intermediate FUTURELIFE® Smart Oats® is a multigrain product that contains steel cut oats, brown rice, maize, sorghum and organic quinoa and is soya free. It is high in fibre, contains chromium and oat beta glucan to assist in blood glucose control. FUTURELIFE® Smart Oats® has an intermediate GI, therefore is only recommended for diabetics as an after-exercise snack, or as a meal alongside the addition of milk or another protein and healthy fat. It is mixes instantly with hot or cold water or milk and is available in Original, Chocolate, Berry Yoghurt and Apple Cinnamon.
FUTURELIFE ® High Energy Smartbar High Keep this bar in your handbag or car as a precautionary measure for such hypoglycaemic emergencies. It is extremely important to prevent your blood sugar levels dropping so drastically as it causes great damage. 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.

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:

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  3. The Glycaemic Index of South Africa (2017). Cereals and Muesli. Available at: http://www.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)
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