There’s always the temptation of those gloriously refreshing bottles or cans of beverages. Little do we know that more often than not, a lot of unhealthy sugar and calories are pumped into these drinks. Persons with diabetes however, have a wonderful opportunity to make their own diabetic drinks, fresh from their kitchen.
Drinks to Avoid
If you don’t know what you should not have, you could blow yourself up unwittingly. Make all effort to avoid sweet drinks such as:
- beverages labeled as fruit punch or fruit drinks
- energy drinks
- sweet tea
Your aim is to keep your blood sugar within normal limits. The amount of sugar and calories in these drinks will only send your blood sugar soaring and put you at risk of complications, not to mention stroke and heart problems. For a better perspective, a 12-ounce can of soda has 150 calories and 40 grams of carbohydrate. This equals 10 teaspoons of sugar.
Fruit drinks, sports drinks and other such sweet beverages may contain a few less calories and carbs. But they deliver the same effect. You can now imagine how close you are to danger.
Diabetic Drinks: The Perfect 3
Water provides the perfect backdrop to all liquids that you will drink. In fact, water is the only drink that you can have without worry. You may be tired of drinking your water straight and prefer something to add variety to the taste buds. You could mix unsweetened teas for flavor. Or, make infused water by simply adding cucumber, strawberries or fresh mint for more delightful taste.
If you think milk is dull, just consider how much calcium, potassium, magnesium and vitamin D you pack into that body of yours from having just one glass. In addition, studies have shown that milk is useful for losing weight and reducing blood pressure, a plus for diabetics.
Your own freshly squeezed or blended juice will be something to die for. Fruits come with their natural sweetness and therefore more pleasant to the taste without added sugar. If you are not up to it to make your own, be sure the label from the store indicates it is 100% juice with no sugar added.
Don’t be left out either this festive season when you go to parties. Party hosts take diabetics into consideration and you could find something like Mulled Cranberry Punch. This is a low-calorie drink which features cranberry and raspberry juices spiced with cinnamon, cloves and all-spice.
As a diabetic not every drink is good for you. You are well advised to stay within the limits of water and fresh fruits and juices. You cannot go wrong with your own home-brewed drinks free from sugars and calories. So start making some diabetic drinks today and share with your friends.