Nutrition

Drinks that are safe for diabetic people

If you are suffering from diabetes you need to be well aware of what you drink and eat. There are certain things which you need to include while avoiding others. Needless to say, the illness leads to necessary amendments in your daily diet plan. What is crucial here, is that you are able to calculate the amount of nutrients intake. Particular reference is towards carbohydrates which can have an impact on blood sugar level.

What foods to eat is reasonably known to people. However, in this discussion, what to drink is often overlooked. You might not know this but some drinks can have an equal effect as that of certain food items. Making it even more pertinent to amend the diet plan accordingly.

Soft drinks are bad. None of them may reveal no health benefit at all. In the USA, in response to that, a shift towards zero sugar zero calorie drink is observed. Whether that is recommended for people with diabetes is yet to be seen? In this article, we will shed light on all the drinks that are safe to drink. Yet, you should not any point sideline what your doctor recommends. He/ She is the best guide in that regard.

Drinks that are safe

Well, you don’t have to worry about excluding every other drink you knew of. But that doesn’t mean at all to continue drinking everything you can get your hands on. According to recent studies, some drinks can, in fact, be good for people inflicted with diabetes.

Water

Your body is composed of water. It makes up ¾ of the entire composition. You need water to stay alive.

It is considered to be the best available option for people who have diabetes and need to remain hydrated. It’s important to note that a spike in blood sugar level can lead to a number of complications. Being dehydrated is among one of them. So if you experience hyperglycemia, resort towards drinking plenty of water. Nothing much to be worried about with regards to calories because water contains none!

You know it from various sources that the recommended daily intake of water is approximately eight glasses. The figures remain higher for women.

It is understandable that plain water appears mundane. While it is necessary, what about other cases when one doesn’t feel like drinking? In that case, you can make use of a variety of combinations. Peel off a slice of lemon and squeeze it into the water. If not that, then add any herbs you are fond of. Either way, including anything that contains water in your daily diet, is important.

Coffee

If you are suffering from diabetes and coffee addiction at the same time, then nothing to worry about! New research as per 2012 has given a green signal for all the coffee lovers out there. This drink is considered to be entirely safe exhibiting no side effects whatsoever. It is also believed that it can be helpful in fighting diabetes-associated complications. People who drank two or three cups daily were reported to have experienced a drop in their blood sugar level. If you are a borderline diabetic, then coffee may, in fact, lessen your risk. This holds true for both decaf and a normal one.

One thing pertinent to note. Coffee appears tempting especially when mixed with tablespoons of sugar. That is a big NO! You need to be cautious of not including any sugar (or sugary item) in your drink. Because by doing so you may enhance your blood sugar level.

However, you may continue to add milk to your coffee. Try going for unsweetened low-fat milk for the fewer calorie count.

Sugar Free-Juices

If you are fond of juices, then there is both a bad and a piece of good news for you. Let us consider the bad one first. Fruits in juice form load the drink with fructose form of sugar. That can be a problem since excessive consumption can have a major impact on the blood sugar level.

The good news? You don’t have to skip juice altogether. You can continue to drink it if it is sugar-free. There a wide variety of flavours you can choose from: orange, pineapple, strawberry, apple. Anything that is sugar-free and extracted purely from fruits. Usually what happens is that companies load a certain drink with only a portion of the original juice. For example, apple juice will contain 10% fruit extract. That isn’t healthy and processing may have a negative impact on your health. Only opt for 100% pure juices that will also be low in calories.

About vegetable juices? You can continue to enjoy them regardless of any concerns you might have whatsoever. If you are looking for something new to try, prepare yourself a vegetable-fruit smoothie. Grab some celery, cucumber alongside chunks of berries. Blend in a way that all the ingredients mix thoroughly.

Tea

Tea is the fourth item in our list that is entirely safe to drink if you suffer from diabetes. The next question you will possibly put forward: which type of tea?

The answer is all of them as long as you do not add any sugar. Sugar or any other sweetener will have the total opposite effect of what you would want to achieve. It can lead to an increase in the sugar level complicating the condition altogether. It is, therefore, best to avoid sweetened tea.

On the other hand, you cannot exclude the advantages to be gained from drinking green tea. This item is known to cure a number of ailments due to its antioxidant property. In one study conducted, it was revealed that drinking three cups of green tea post meal can help lower the effects of hyperglycemia. In addition, this type of tea can help fight complications like high blood pressure etc.

Low-Fat Milk

There are mixed views when it comes to whether milk is potentially healthy for a diabetic person. Medical scientists although have a widespread consensus that low-fat unsweetened milk will yield no harm to the person.

All dairy products contain essential nutrients. Yet subsequently they also increase the carbohydrate level in the blood increasing the chances of related complications. Therefore, it is advisable to always buy skimmed low-fat milk to lessen the risk as much as possible. Moreover, your total intake of the day should also be under constant check. Two glasses a day will do just fine. If you, however, are a patient of calcium/protein deficiency then this intake will certainly be greater.

Be cautious about one thing. Some types of milk (soy, rice milk) contain a high level of carbohydrates. Avoid both of them at all times.

 

Source:

http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/29/2/398

 

Samuel Mayer

Samuel has been part of Top Health Journal for quite a while now. He has immense interest in medicine and thoroughly enjoys writing about this theme. His philosophy is: write simple and short, always assuming your reader to be a layman who knows nothing about the topic. Twitter- @SamuelM54534849

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