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Is coffee good for diabetics?

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Coffee is on the list of recommended drinks for diabetes sufferers, as long a lot of calories are not added to it with any additives designed to sweeten the taste. Water, diet soda, unsweetened tea and other low-calorie drink options are acceptable beverages, states the American Diabetes Association.

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Remaining hydrated is a central concern for diabetes patients. For this reason, it is important to ingest as many of the fluids listed as possible. When water starts to become boring, turning to unsweetened tea or adding a few drops of lime or lemon juice to the water adds flavor without boosting the calorie count in the drink, notes the ADA.

Diabetics can also drink low-fat milk and 100 percent juice with no added sugar, notes the ADA. Because they contain more calories and carbohydrates than other options, portions must be controlled, but these beverages provide essential vitamins and minerals. Milk also provides protein.

Some beverages that the ADA does not recommend for diabetics include regular soda, fruit punch, energy drinks, sweet tea and other beverages that are based in sugar. One 12-ounce can of regular soda contains approximately 150 calories and 40 grams of sugar. A person must eat 10 teaspoons of pure sugar to take in that many carbohydrates. Similarly, fruit punch and other fruit drinks based in sugar feature 100 or more calories per cup, along with 30 grams of carbohydrates.

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