8 Worst Drinks for Diabetics
Diabetics should be mindful before consuming these drinks
Choosing diabetic-friendly drinks isn’t always easy. For many of us, a soda is the first thing we reach for to quench our thirst, but it’s certainly not the healthiest drink choice, especially for diabetics who have to think twice about what they consume.
For those who have diabetes, it’s crucial that they watch what they drink in order to maintain a healthy weight and blood sugar level, because beverages high in carbohydrates, calories, and sugar can be seriously harmful. But being mindful of drinks with high levels of sugar and carbs can be tough when so many drinks out there are loaded with them.
Drinks such as soda, alcohol, and energy drinks are generally known as unhealthier options. But some seemingly healthy drinks, including fruit juice, coffee, and whole milk, can also be dangerous for diabetics. Take a look at which drinks diabetics should stay away from.
Fruit juices are packed with sugar and carbohydrates. One 8-ounce glass of fruit juice can contain as much as 30 grams of carbohydrates, 20 grams of sugar, and 100 calories. For healthier options, choose fruit juices that are 100 percent juice with no added sugar.
Coffee is a tricky one, as it has been shown to affect each person with diabetes differently. For some, it has little to no effect on blood sugar levels, but for others, even drinking coffee black can raise sugar levels. And adding cream and sugar only makes matters worse, as they not only raise blood sugar but can also cause you to gain weight.
If not consumed in moderation, chocolate drinks like packaged hot chocolate can raise blood pressure and pack on pounds, as they are loaded with sugar.
The high saturated fat content in whole milk can raise bad (LDL) cholesterol, increase inflammation, and worsen insulin resistance in the body. One-percent and skim milk contain significantly less saturated fat, so they’re better choices for diabetics.
While drinking plain tea can help prevent heart disease and type 2 diabetes, drinking sweetened tea, which is filled with sugar, can have the opposite effect and increase blood pressure.
Soda is among the worst choices for diabetics, with one serving the equivalent of consuming 10 teaspoons of sugar. This amount of sugar can cause serious weight gain, increase inflammation and insulin resistance, and raise the risk of heart disease.
In addition to the empty calories it adds to your diet, alcohol spikes blood sugar levels and can interfere with diabetes medications.
Combining caffeine, sugar, and a ton of calories, energy drinks are a triple threat for people with diabetes. Consuming these ingredients all at one time — particularly caffeine and taurine (which increases alertness) — can drastically increase both blood pressure and heart rate.