And then there are all the carbs - a cup of cola or fruit punch runs about 30 grams of carbs - that's nearly a meal's worth! These carbs are pure sugar, which can quickly send your blood sugar soaring. And they're devoid of antioxidants and other healthy compounds which are important to helping you counter complications of diabetes such as heart disease. It doesn't matter whether the drink is sweetened with sugar, fruit juice sweetener, high fructose corn syrup or other calorie-containing sweeteners. They all contain about the same number of carbs and calories - nutritionally empty calories. Despite what you may have heard, the research is not showing that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is any worse for you than other sweeteners. It's 55 percent fructose and 45 percent glucose, which is nearly identical to white sugar's 50/50 split. The reason you see so much HFCS in foods is because it's cheaper than sugar If you're in the habit of downing sweetened drinks, try stopping today and instead drink water or any of the suggested beverages below. If you’re feeling too deprived, have one calorie-free, artificially-sweetened drink a day. But eventually, try to wean yourself off of these, too. Diet drinks are so sweet that they make it hard to appreciate less sweet foods and drinks, perpetuating sweet cravings. Ironically, this may actually make it harder for you to stay away from sweets, and could make it more difficult to lose weight or stick to a healthy weight.
WaterSparkling water (plain or calorie-free, flavored)Unsweetened iced teaHot tea*Coffee*
* The caffeine in these beverages may raise blood sugar; if it happens to you, switch to decaf.
In addition to the beverages listed above, you should also be drinking fat-free or one percent milk, or calcium-enriched soymilk.
Find out more about this book:The Best Life Guide to Managing Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes