6 Diabetes-Friendly Drinks

In addition to monitoring your protein, carbohydrate, and fat intake at each meal, don’t forget that what you drink matters, too. That afternoon latte could be causing a glucose spike rather than perking you up. Take a look at the best drinks for almost every occasion if you have diabetes.

1. Water

Your body relies on water to function, and it’s essential for maintaining overall health — whether you have diabetes or not. A few benefits of drinking water: Aside from the obvious benefit of keeping you alive, here are some other things water does for you: Helps you maintain a healthy body temperature, Lubricates your joints, Eliminates excess glucose through your urine, Improves your cognitive function.

2. Sugar-Free Sparkling Water

Another great choice is sparkling water that has zero calories and no added sweeteners. Aside from its short and innocent ingredient list of water and natural fruit essences, sparkling water has been shown to improve swallowing ability, keep you full for longer, and help relieve constipation.

3. Coffee

Caffeine affects everyone differently, so you’ll want to check your blood sugar to know if caffeinated coffee is a good choice for you. Otherwise, try decaf. In any case, the Mayo Clinic recommends limiting coffee intake to four cups per day.

4. Tea

Herbal, black, or green; caffeinated or decaf — drink it unsweetened and with a squeeze of lemon for added flavor. (Added cream and nutritive sweeteners like honey will increase calorie and carbohydrate content, affecting your blood sugar.) Try it iced for a refreshing treat or hot to help you relax before bed.

5. Sugar-Free Sodas

Most sugar-free sodas are 99 percent water and can be counted as part of your water intake for the day. There are many caffeine-free options, too. As with all aspects of living with diabetes, moderation is key.

6. Low-Sugar Cranberry Juice Cocktail

If you’re craving some fruity refreshment without the extra sugar, try the Diet Ocean Spray flavors like Cran-Mango and Cran-Pineapple. They have only 2 grams of carbs and 10 calories per 8-ounce serving, and they provide 100 percent of your daily requirement for vitamin C.