After more than one year into the pandemic, I think we all dream of sipping a delicious cocktail on a vacation or just drinking some ice-cold soda outside.
Before you run to the grocery store, though, wait!
Research has proven many times that drinks containing sugar can seriously harm the blood sugar levels for people with diabetes (or at risk for it). Why?
Firstly, they contain a concerning amount of carbs. For example, just a 12-ounce (354 ml) serving of Coke gives you 38.5 grams of carbs, already known for affecting insulin production.
Even fresh fruit or fruit-flavored juices contain way more fructose than you’d normally get by eating the whole fruit. Studies such as this one from the Journal of Nutrition proved high-fructose drinks can increase your risk of developing other conditions commonly linked to diabetes, such as fatty liver disease.
Some of the healthiest and most affordable alternatives you can enjoy are:
- Plain water
- Homemade ice tea
Homemade smoothies and shakes are also some great options that help you reach your nutritional needs quickly. Our Shake It Up! Series has plenty of delicious recipes you can try using ingredients you have right at home, so check it out right here.