Alongside with food, beverages can have a potent impact on a person’s blood-sugar levels and weight depending on their nutritional content. Naturally, those with diabetes are looking to control both of these factors in order to keep their health in check. If you’re looking to have better control over your blood-glucose levels and weight, remember that what you drink can be just as important as what you eat. We will go into further detail about this, but for now just keep in mind that the ideal beverage for those with diabetes is both low in calories and carbohydrates.
Taking these two nutritional qualities into account, you should aim to incorporate the following drinks into your diet:
- Water: An obvious candidate, but probably also something most of us don’t drink enough of. It doesn’t have amazing nutritional properties like tea or coffee, but it gets the job done and is necessary for our well being.
- Unsweetened tea: Tea is a great choice for those with diabetes because of its potent antioxidant content, antibacterial properties and ability to promote weight loss. There are also a number of different types of this beverage, meaning you won’t get bored of it quickly.
- Coffee: Similar to tea, coffee has an assortment of nutritional properties and powerful antioxidant content that can be beneficial to those with diabetes.
- Low-fat milk: Although regular milk is loaded with saturated fat and calories, the low fat variety is fine for those with diabetes in moderation. It also an excellent source of calcium and a number of other minerals.
- Almond Milk/Soy Milk: Both of these are alternative to cow’s milk, and they generally tend to be lower in calories, saturated fat and carbohydrates. Just keep in mind that both almonds and soy are high allergen foods, so consume them in small amounts if it is your first time trying products containing them.
Make sure to avoid the following beverages, as they are heavy in carbohydrates and calories, while having little nutritional content:
- Fruit juices
- Energy drinks
- Sweetened tea
Keep in mind that this is simply a general guide on what those with diabetes can drink. To have a more detailed and comprehensive understanding of the matter, we urge you to speak with your doctor or nutritionist.