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    Quick-Sugar Foods - Topic Overview

    If you are at risk for low blood sugar levels because of diabetes or some other health condition, you need to keep with you at all times some type of food that can quickly raise your blood sugar level. Eating quick-sugar food puts glucose into your bloodstream in about 5 minutes. Glucose or sucrose is the best choice.

    Choose foods that contain about 15 grams of fast-acting carbohydrate. This table is just a guide. So check the nutrition label of the quick-sugar food you use to be sure it equals about 15 grams of carbohydrate.

    Foods to help raise blood sugar 1 2 3
    Food Amount
    Glucose tablets 3-4 tablets
    Glucose gel 1 tube
    Table sugar 1 tablespoon (3 teaspoons)
    Fruit juice or regular soda pop ½-¾ cup (4-6 ounces)
    Fat-free milk 1 cup (8 ounces)
    Honey 1 tablespoon (3 teaspoons)
    Jellybeans 10-15
    Raisins 2 tablespoons
    Gum drops 10
    Candy like Life Savers 5-7 pieces
    Hard candy (like Jolly Rancher) 3 pieces

    These quick-sugar foods will help raise your blood sugar in an emergency, because they are made from almost all carbohydrate. If you use a food not on this list to treat your low blood sugar, be sure it does not contain fat or protein. These can slow how quickly your body absorbs the carbohydrate. For example, regular cake frosting is made with both sugar and fat. It is not a good choice as a quick-sugar food. Some clear cake frosting and clear cake gels are made without fat. But you should check the ingredients and the nutrition label to be sure. When in doubt, ask your doctor or registered dietitian.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: June 04, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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