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WHICH FUTURELIFEÂŽ PRODUCTS CAN I USE IF I HAVE DIABETES?

WHICH FUTURELIFEÂŽ 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 Glycaemic Index (GI), high fibre, portion-controlled foods are a priority when it comes to managing your diet in diabetes.

 

FUTURELIFEÂŽ and Diabetes

Certain products in the FUTURELIFEŽ range are suitable for those living with diabetes and ensure that their needs are met while providing a food that is as nutrient dense, balanced, and convenient as possible. 

 

In addition, FUTURELIFEÂŽ uses:

  • A 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 
  • Functional ingredient in our range that provides health related benefits 

 

Many products in the FUTURELIFEÂŽ range are low GI, which means that the carbohydrates will be absorbed at a slower rate, resulting in a more gradual rise in blood sugar levels4. Glycaemic Load (GL) is another important term when choosing food appropriate for diabetics. GL takes the quantity of carbohydrates in a portion 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. 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 diabetics2,3,4. Below is a table highlighting these products to put your mind at ease.


Products within the FUTURELIFEÂŽ 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 contain MODUCAREÂŽ for additional immune support.

FUTURELIFE® ZERO Smart food™

 

 

 

 

 

FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ ZERO with Oats

Low

 

This product contains zero added cane sugar (only lactose, which is a naturally occurring milk sugar) and our blend of Smart Sweetness (Sucralose and Erythritol). It therefore caters for those who want to decrease their sugar intake. It also contains Acacia fibre, a soluble fibre that expands when in contact with fluid and therefore helps to keep 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. It is low GI and therefore approved as often food by the Glycemic Index Foundation of SA and endorsed by Diabetes South Africa.


FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ ZERO with Oats combines 21 vitamins and minerals, 19 Amino Acids, Inulin (prebiotic), Selenium and MODUCARE®. Our specially sourced oats provides not only a unique taste and texture but is also high in dietary fibre for better digestive wellness. All these benefits with zero added cane sugar! It is low GI and therefore approved as often food by the Glycemic Index Foundation of SA and endorsed by Diabetes South Africa.

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. It contains SUPRO® Soy Protein Isolate, which is the functional ingredient. FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart food™ is tested for banned substances monthly and carries the Informed Choice endorsement. Along with having the lowest GI of our products, it also has a low GL and contains only 19.5g of carbohydrates per 50g portion. 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 BEAUTI FOOD Low

FUTURELIFE® BEAUTI FOOD™ is a patented blend of collagen, protein and beauty specific vitamins. FUTURELIFE® BEAUTI FOOD™ is available as either a shake or a bar, both of which are high in protein, contain 5g bioactive collagen peptides and have a low GI and GL. 

The FUTURELIFE® BEAUTI FOOD™ Nutritional Shake, with no added sugar, contains only 12g of carbohydrates a 55g serving. The FUTURELIFE® BEAUTI FOOD™ Protein Bar contains between 13-14g of carbohydrates (depending on flavour).  

Since the GL of FUTURELIFE® BEAUTI FOOD™ is so low, its perfect as a nutritional supplement, but does not provide enough carbohydrates to be used as a meal replacement.

FUTURELIFEÂŽ High Protein LITE Smartbars

Low

FUTURELIFEŽ 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.

FUTURELIFEÂŽ
REPAIR FOOD™ 

Low

 FUTURELIFE® REPAIR FOOD™ is available in both a nutritional supplement and protein bar. The FUTURELIFE® REPAIR FOOD™ Nutritional Supplement contains Acti8™, a combination of carefully selected essential branched-chain amino acids, 10g hydrolysed collagen peptides, chelated minerals and targeted vitamins, aimed at the repair, maintenance and recovery of joints, cartilage, bones and muscles. 

Both the FUTURELIFE® REPAIR FOOD™ Nutritional Supplement and Protein Bar have a low GI and GL. The FUTURELIFE® REPAIR FOOD™ Nutritional shake contains 19g of carbohydrates per 75g serving while the Protein Bars contain 8g of carbohydrates per serving. This makes FUTURELIFE® REPAIR FOOD™ an ideal snack for an individual with diabetes.

FUTURELIFEŽ 
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 ÂŽ Smart OatsÂŽ with Ancient Grains and FUTURELIFEÂŽ Smart Instant Oats Classic

Intermediate

UTURELIFEÂŽ Smart OatsÂŽ with Ancient Grains is a multigrain product that contains steel cut oats, oats flour, brown rice, maize, sorghum and organic quinoa and is soy free. It is high in fibre and contains chromium and oat beta glucan to assist in blood glucose control. FUTURELIFEÂŽ Smart OatsÂŽ with Ancient Grains 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, Mixed Berries and Honey flavours. FUTURELIFEÂŽ Smart Instant Oats Classic whole grain is comprised of high quality whole grain oats and scientifically formulated with a blend of targeted minerals that contribute to immune support as well as MODUCAUREÂŽ. Our whole grain oats provide the nutritional benefits of being high in fibre and naturally contains beta-glucans to assist in blood glucose control. FUTURELIFEÂŽ Smart Instant Oats Classic has a texture closer to traditional oats while offering the convenience of quick and easy instant oats preparation. It contains no added sugar and is approved as part of the Heart and Stroke Foundation eating plan. It also has an intermediate GI and therefore recommended as a meal alongside the addition of milk or another protein and healthy fat.

FUTURELIFE ÂŽ 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?  

FUTURELIFEÂŽ 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)

 

DATE: July 2020

DATE OF NEXT REVIEW: July 2023

 

Author: Bianca Tromp RD (SA)

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