In this previous post I discussed fermented foods. The process of fermenting is a positive thing for everyone… ESPECIALLY for diabetics.
Fermenting is a process by which beneficial bacteria ‘eats’ carbohydrates, thereby reducing the blood sugar affect… meanwhile increasing the nutrients of the food or drink. … it’s a Win / Win!!
This makes ‘fermenting’ a very diabetic friendly process… however I’m not saying all fermented foods are diabetes friendly. As always, when adding any new food to your ‘menu’ … always eat a little at first and test.
At the end of this post there are links on “How To” ferment … at home! :)
Disclaimer: I was not paid nor compensated in any way for this product review. The product was provided to me at no charge. I am on a quest to find ‘healthy’, truly diabetes friendly foods for you. The more foods we can find that are diabetic friendly increases variety and that’s a good thing. :) It increases the odds that someone will stick to a ‘low carb paleo’ meal plan.
Scott Grzybek is the founder of Zukay Live Foods, I reached out to Scott and inquired if I could do a “product review’ of some of his products. He agreed and sent me salad dressings and drinks.
Taste: Let’s deal with this up front, these products are healthy, wholesome and have a VERY low glycemic impact. These products have a unique taste … that I really liked. However, the taste is ‘different’ and may take some adjustment for some.
Honestly, I loved them all and would gladly eat and drink them again…. and I plan to do so.
I tested these two products. Tomato Pepper Basil and the Sweet Onion Basil … I loved the flavors, each had a spicy bite that I loved. I strongly recommend these if you are looking for something a little different for salad dressings.
Carb Total per Serving (2 tbs) = 2 grams
Blood Sugar Affect? None to Minimal I had the recommended amount added to a cup of mixed salad greens. All readings were from –0- to less than 5 mg/dl, given the variances of the meters, that’s essentially zero increase, especially when considering the salad may have had a slight affect on my blood sugar.
Note: I really do love these unique and healthy dressings. I am sipping on the Sweet Onion Basil as I type up this post. :))
Next up… I tested the drink.
Beet Ginger Kvass
Just look at the ingredients… AWESOME!
Carb Totals = 4 grams per serving
There are two servings per bottle. I drank an entire bottle for each test.
Blood Sugar Affect / Test 1
Here’s my pre-test Blood Sugar.
Next, I drank a bottle, 8 grams of carbs total (two servings) and tested an hour later. Here’s the results of my blood sugar test….. No CHANGE… very interesting. 8 grams of carbs… and -0- affect? (technically it decline 1 … but that is insignificant)
Blood Sugar Affect / Test 2
One hour after originally drinking the Beet Juice Kvass (8 grams of carbs) I registered -0- Blood Sugar affect.
This was intriguing to me… so I decided to drink another bottle and test after waiting another hour.
Recap: The blood sugar reading below is after drinking a total of 16 grams of carbohydrates! I drank 8 grams 2 hours prior and another 8 grams 1 hour prior. :)
In two hours I had 16 grams of carbs ….. or two bottles which is 4 servings of Zukay Live Foods Beet Juice Kvass.
I was stunned! … pleasantly so. :)
1. I have actually completed all the steps above … twice. Each time I received a net negative affect after two hours. AMAZING! In both cases the Beet Kvass brought me down to normal ranges.
2. Obviously I recommend the products from Zukay Live Foods that I reviewed. :) Whole foods, healthy and DIABETES FRIENDLY! :)
3. As always, your mileage may vary so try a little…and test!
4. I called Scott (the founder) and talked to him about this seemingly amazing test. He explained to me that the carbohydrate totals on the bottles was the contents “Pre-fermenting’.
Due to cost, he does not test the contents post fermenting. As I mentioned earlier, the fermenting process ‘eats carbohydrates’ so the true ‘carb totals’ are much lower.
5. THIS DOES NOT mean this is the case for all FERMENTED FOODS … so PLEASE do not assume the true total is lower. Try a little…and test. :)
Thanks to Scott Grzybek and Zukay Live Foods for providing the products!
Fermenting Links to Investigate
Many thanks to Betsy Bailey who gave me these links.
Some resources for you:
Here’s a kvass recipe :-D