Foods To Avoid While Taking Metformin

List of foods to avoid while taking metformin are given blow with detail.

1. Coffee

 Coffee contains L-carnitine, a substance that helps break down fat and promote weight loss. Metformin users should not consume coffee due to its caffeine content. There have been reports of people who consumed excessive amounts of coffee and experienced lactic acidosis, which is a rare metabolic condition in which increased levels of lactate accumulate in the body’s cells.

 

2. Alcohol

 Alcohol causes liver damage, and can cause blood sugar levels to drop if taken with certain medications. Alcohol consumption increases risk of diabetes. Be sure to follow your doctor's recommendations about what alcohol limits are best for you to maintain good health.


 3. Aspartame (Equal)

 Aspartame can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. If you are using metformin, ask your healthcare provider about keeping your diet low in artificial sweeteners.


 4. Bananas

 Bananas may block metformin absorption and lower blood glucose levels. Try eating them raw instead of cooked.


 5. Baking Soda

 Baking soda can interfere with the effectiveness of metformin medication. Avoid mixing baking soda with any other medication or overusing it.


 6. Chocolate

 Chocolate may raise cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Do not eat chocolate if you take metformin. If consuming foods high in saturated fats, make sure they do not contain cocoa butter.

 7. Citrus fruits

 Fruit juices are not recommended for diabetics taking metformin. You may experience hypoglycemia symptoms when drinking citrus fruit juice.


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