5 Best & Worst Drinks for Diabetes

Proper hydration is an important part of managing type 2 diabetes – especially in the hot summer months. You probably know that a glass of good old-fashioned water is your best bet to stay hydrated, but variety is the spice of life! When you’re not in the mood for H2O, what can you sip on that aligns with your health goals? Check out our quick and easy this-not-that guide the next time you’re feeling thirsty:

Drink ThisNot That
Sparkling Water with Fresh Citrus
0 calories, 0 carbohydrates
Soda 12 oz
150 calories, 39g carbohydrates
Unsweet Tea With Lemon 1 cup
0 calories, 0 carbohydrates
Sweet Tea 1 cup
91 calories, 22 carbohydrates
Coffee, Black 12 oz
0 calories, 0 carbohydrates
Coffee, Sweetened 12 oz
60 calories, 12g carbohydrates
Tomato Juice 1 cup
42 calories, 10g carbohydrates
Orange Juice 1 cup
111 calories, 22g carbohydrates
Hard Seltzer 12 oz
100 calories, 2g carbohydrates
Light Beer 12 oz
110 calories, 7g carbohydrates

Remember, little things done consistently over time can make a big impact! Take it one day, or even one hour at a time. Even something as simple as skipping sugar in your coffee 2 days a week will slowly begin to make a huge difference. Over time, your taste buds and habits will adjust, and you’ll soon find yourself craving more of the “Drink This” column and less of the “Not That” column. Tell us about your favorite beverage swaps in the comments below!

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