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Can prediabetics and diabetics use protein powders?

Can prediabetics and diabetics use protein powders?

Pre-diabetes is a huge problem. Don’t let the little word “pre” fool you. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 96 million American adults (that’s a mind-boggling 1 in 3) are currently prediabetic!  Ask yourself, could that be you? And if so, what does it mean for your sweet tooth or that post-workout smoothie that you enjoy? Do you have to say goodbye to desserts and creamy shakes for good? No! Also, prediabetics and diabetics can use protein powders. Continue reading  View our recipes here.

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Prediabetics - Can prediabetes go undetected?

You could have been living with undetected prediabetes for years; simply because you’ve not exhibited any symptoms yet, doesn’t mean it’s not lurking in the background. 

If you’re overweight, over 45, have a family member with a history of type 2 diabetes, or you’re physically inactive, you could be at risk.

What does having PREDIABETES mean?

Prediabetes means that you have a higher blood sugar level than normal. It’s not enough to lead to a full-blown diabetes diagnosis, but it can be enough to increase your risk of suffering from a stroke, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Does having prediabetes mean low or no-sugar?

Before you worry that having prediabetes confines you to a life without ever savoring a Delish dessert again…think again! As the world’s first keto-certified pudding brand, we are perfect for anyone following a  prediabetic diet. 

Now that we’ve added protein puddings to our range, it’s never been easier to enjoy a dessert without worrying about undetected insulin spikes.

Can protein powders be diabetic-friendly?

Looking to add more protein to your puddings while still enjoying a plant-based, sugar-free meal that’s diabetic-friendly? Then you need to look out for a protein that is made from all-natural ingredients like pea protein isolate and fava bean protein which won’t cause any irritable or distressing digestive issues. 

It is possible for diabetics to use protein powder and to also eat a diet rich in protein foods as long they opt for high-fiber options.

Do protein shakes spike bood sugar?

Protein tends to help stablize blood sugar levels by affectively minimising some of the absorption of sugars and carbohydrates. As protein breaks down into glucose at a much slower rate than carbohydrates do, the effect of drinking something like a protein shake or a high protein pudding will be much more gradual, meaning no unwanted spikes. 

There are two main types of protein – one derived from animal products and the other from plant-based sources. As we know that a diet rich in too much animal protein can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, plant-based protein sources, such as pea protein isolate and fav bean protein are an excellent option.

What if I am also lactose intolerant?

So many people are intolerant to the lactose found in many protein powders. That’s why we wanted to address these allergens and sensitivities in our protein range. It’s currently estimated that about 68% of the global population has lactose malabsorption! 

While not everyone suffering from lactose malabsorption will experience digestive issues, again, as with prediabetes, surely prevention is better than cure? Especially when there are readily available products you can purchase that are super versatile and tasty too. 

What you will find in our latest product range is highly concentrated dutch chocolate cocoa powder in our Keto Chocolate Protein Powder and delicious natural vanilla flavour in our Vanilla Keto Protein Powder. 

We’ve also added sugar-free Stevia M extract, again making this the natural choice for the 1 in 3 Americans with prediabetes right now.

Recipe Idea: Try this plant-based protein smoothie that’s diabetic friendly

Another winning combination from Simply Delish superfan @klean.Kate, this smoothie is gluten-free, plant-based, sugar-free, and perfect for vegans, prediabetics and those among you who experience lactose malabsorption. Oh, and it tastes pretty darn delish too! 

All you need is a blender and the following ingredients, which can be adapted according to personal preference.   


  • 1 x packet Simply Delish Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 x cup plant-based oat milk or soya milk of choice
  • 1 x pitted date
  • 1 x cup frozen fruit of choice



  1. Add all your ingredients to your blender
  2. Blitz till smooth and completely combined
  3. Pour into a glass or protein shaker if you’re on the go and enjoy!


It’s the perfect prediabetic, pre or post-workout protein shake! 

Don’t forget to keep coming back to view our blog for more great recipes and guilt-free desserts all the family can enjoy. Plus, remember that the Simply Delish diabetic-friendly range can also be picked up in all your favourite grocery stores, including Whole Foods, Sprouts, Kroger and Kroger Banner Stores – Ralphs etc.  We’re adding more and more outlets and stockists every week!