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Quick-Sugar Foods

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Because you are at risk for low blood sugar levels, either because you have diabetes or some other health condition that can cause low blood sugar, you need to keep some type of food with you at all times that can quickly raise your blood sugar level. Eating quick-sugar food puts glucose into your bloodstream in about 5 minutes. Any quick-sugar food on this list will raise your blood sugar about 1.5 millimoles per litre (mmol/L) in about 15 to 20 minutes.

Foods that will help raise your blood sugar includes:

Foods to help raise blood sugar
Food Amount
Table sugar 1 tablespoon (15 mL)
Fruit juice or regular soda pop ½ cup (125 mL)
Fat-free milk 1 cup (250 mL)
Honey or corn syrup 1 tablespoon (15 mL)
Jam 2 tablespoons (30 mL)
Raisins 2 tablespoons (30 mL)
Gum drops 7 small
Life Savers candy 8 pieces
Hard candy 3 pieces
Glucose tablets 3 tablets
Glucose gel ½ tube


By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Ruth Schneider, MPH, RD - Diet and Nutrition
Specialist Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
Last Revised May 26, 2010

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