Glucose Testing: Learn your alternative options to the Glucola Drink

If you look at the label on the back of the Glucola bottle some of the ingredients that you will find are artificial flavors, artificial colors, BVO, and high fructose corn syrup. The glucose in the test is actually derived from corn, which is not GMO-free. The dye free/ BVO free version is no better for your body. These are not ingredients that most people would want to drink during their pregnancy. Or ever. Your doctor may insist that it’s harmless and safe to consume but it’s becoming more known that it may in fact not be. Some people can’t tolerate Glucola and have reported side effects such as nausea, vomiting, bloating, and diarrhea, as well as headache, dizziness, and fatigue. We don’t want to even think about how your baby may be reacting to it in your womb.

Often, women are taught to listen, be polite, and to follow orders. When we become patients this can cause us to accept treatments, tests, and procedures that we may not feel are needed, that we know nothing about, the options associsted or that may not be best for ourselves or our babies. Luckily there are usually other alternatives that you can consider.

Discuss with your provider alternative options to the Glucola.

Consider using real food instead of the glucola drink (any whole, natural food high in sugar will work- just check with your doctor).

Some doctors provide alternatives to glucola and test pregnant people.

Another option that you can consider if you’re trying to avoid the test altogether is to monitor your blood sugar with a glucometer throughout your pregnancy.

Consume a low-fat, higher-carb meal because the body seems to respond to the test better that way.

We strongly encourage you refuse the Glucola drink and opt for the alternative options:

➖Blood finger prick

✅ Buy this drink mix instead

Use these meal methods for testing:

➖6 ounces organic grape juice + a banana

➖1 cup milk + 1.5 cups cereal

➖Pancakes with 1/4 cup maple syrup

➖28 dye-free jelly beans

➖Natural soda with 50 grams total sugar

➖16-ounces orange juice

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