What Kind of Juices Can a Diabetic Drink?


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Choose juices made from low-calorie mixes rather than juices made from fruit. Many fruit juices and fruit drinks have at least 100 calories per cup, with 30 grams of carbohydrates, states the American Diabetes Association.

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The best beverages for diabetics, in terms of blood sugar management, include water, coffee, diet soda, unsweetened tea and low-calorie drink mixes, according to the American Diabetes Association. For a bit of fruit flavor without having to stir up a drink mix, squeeze some lime or lemon juice into a glass of water. All of the drinks from this list provide only nominal amounts of carbohydrates and calories, which means they do not cause a blood sugar spike.

For people who really want juice, 100 percent juice with no added sugar is an option, notes the American Diabetes Association.. However, it is important to check the packaging on the juice to ensure no additional sugars have been added. Fruit juice provides important minerals and vitamins, but those are also available in the solid fruit, and solid fruit has fiber not present in juice. Another option is low-sodium vegetable juice for those who want juice in the morning but do not want the carbohydrates in fruit juice.

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