Safe drinks for diabetes patients

Having diabetes means that you have to be aware of everything you eat or drink. Knowing the number of carbohydrates that you ingest and how they may affect your blood sugar is crucial.

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) zero-calorie or low-calorie drinks. The main reason is to prevent a spike in blood sugar.

Choosing the right drinks can help you:

avoid unpleasant side effects
manage your symptoms
maintain a healthy weight

Safe to drink:
Unsweetened tea
Unsweetened coffee
Tomato or V-8 juice
Sugar-free sports drinks
Sugar-free carbonated beverages

Zero- or low-calorie drinks are typically your best bet when choosing a drink.

Squeeze some fresh lemon or lime juice into your drink for a refreshing, low-calorie kick.

Keep in mind that even low-sugar options, such as vegetable juice, should be consumed in moderation.

Reduced-fat dairy is a nutritious choice. However, it does contain the naturally occurring milk sugar, lactose, so this beverage must be considered in your total carbohydrate allowance for the day.

Dairy options are also not considered a low-sugar beverage.

When it comes to selecting a drink, keep it simple. Choose water whenever possible. Unsweetened tea and all sugar-free beverages are also good options. Natural juices and skim milk are generally fine in moderation.

If you’re craving a little sweetness in your drinks, try adding natural sources like:

fragrant herbs
slices of citrus fruit
a couple of crushed berries

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