Diabetes is a wake-up call for many people. The people who never thought what they should and shouldn’t be eating and drinking. However, as a patient of diabetes, you must take care of what you eat or drink, or your condition may worsen. Fortunately, diabetic persons can still eat and drink most of the healthy and delicious things like any healthy person. Here are 3 do’s and don’ts when it comes to drinks for diabetics.
The stuff of life, water is the best drink for diabetics. A research study in the journal Diabetes Care found that people who consume around two cups of water only are 30 percent more likely to have high blood sugar. Experts recommend drinking 6-9 glasses of water every day.
Milk has very useful nutrients that improve overall health and help prevent and control blood sugar. However, keep the quantity in check. Limit milk intake to one glass per day and use low fat milk.
Tea, both black and green, are healthy drinks, especially for diabetics. Keep in mind, however, that healthy tea should not have sweeteners and tea whiteners.
- Soda and Sweet Drinks
Sodas have a high sugar content, and drinking too much soda is bad for diabetic patients. As far as diet soda is concerned, researchers still argue whether it has any negative effects on diabetes patients. If you must drink soda, choose the diet soda; but it is the best to avoid soda and other sweet drinks at all.
- Fruit Juices
Packed fruit juices often lose most of the health benefits found in their fruit counterparts. Prefer raw fruits over fruit juices. However, if you must drink fruit juices, drink freshly squeezed juices.
For healthy people, coffee may not pose any harm. But diabetics should drink less coffee and drink it without sugar, whiteners, and creamers.