Sunday, 7 August 2011

Type 2 Diabetes - Which Beverages Should Diabetics Eliminate?

Choosing the right foods when you are a diabetic is hard enough, but did you know you should also be putting as much thought into the types of beverages you are consuming? Beverages, even fruit juice, can be a major source of calories (kilojoules) and sugar. Drinks are just as important as foods since they can offer the same amount of help, or hindrance, in the management of Type 2 diabetes.

First, and foremost, switch to water. Water contains no calories (kilojoules) and actually quenches your thirst much better than sugary drinks. You can choose plain water or fruit-flavored varieties, but check the label to make sure the flavored water is a sugar-free brand. Some brands contain as many calories as soft drinks.

Water is essential for every part of the body, from hydrating various areas such as muscle and tissue, to assisting organs to carry out their duties, to even helping your brain to think. When we don't take in enough water, our entire body suffers. We have:

    * less energy,
    * we don't sleep well,
    * our bodies feel sluggish, and
    * our mood dampens.

Water is also essential for helping our bodies regulate insulin and glucose. It is normally advised you drink six glasses of water daily.

If you drink coffee, it is often suggested it be black. Cream and sugar are a no-no. This is especially true of coffee drinks such as lattes, cappuccinos, and espressos. Ordering these drinks outside of your home is even more risky because you can never really be sure what they are putting in them.

Caffeine can raise the blood sugar level in some people. If you find this is the case, switch to decaf.

Sports drinks are also something to stay away from. They are primarily meant to give you instant energy. And where do you think that energy comes from? Sugar and caffeine.

Alcohol can be a big problem for diabetics. Alcohol has 7 calories per gram, while protein and carbohydrates have only 4 calories per gram. A 12 ounce glass of beer has 148 calories (620 kilojoules), a 5 ounce glass of wine has 100 calories (419 kilojoules).

Alcohol isn't good for several reasons... one is it adds extra calories and no nutrients to your diet, making weight loss that much harder. Two, is the fact it has a soothing effect and can detract you from your goals... drinking can impair your judgement about your food choices while stimulating your appetite. Something you don't need while you are trying to control your blood sugar and lose weight.

Got milk? Then drink it, as long as it is skim or, at the very least, 2 per cent in preference to the full-fat versions. Whole milk contains a lot of calories and fat. Even if you aren't a big milk drinker, you also have to take into account how much is being used in cooking and recipes.

If you are a juice drinker, it can be extremely trying to have diabetes. It's so easy to want to grab a fruit drink, even though they are packed with sugar. Juice is fine, as long as it is only occasionally and you plan ahead to limit other carbohydrates in order to splurge on the juice.

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