What types of juices can a diabetic drink?


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People with diabetes can drink controlled portions of 100 percent fruit juice without added sugar, according to the American Diabetes Association. Fruit juice has more calories and carbohydrates than low-calorie drinks, such as sparkling water and diet soda.

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Around 4 ounces of fruit juice contains approximately 50 or more calories and 15 grams of carbohydrates, notes the American Diabetes Association. Low-sodium vegetable juice has 50 calories and 10 grams of carbohydrates per cup. Low-fat, or skim, milk is a good source of protein and calcium, and one cup has 80 calories and 12 grams of carbohydrates. The American Diabetes Association also recommends milk substitutes, such as soy milk, rice milk and almond milk.

Recommended drinks for diabetes patients include water, coffee, unsweetened teas, and low-calorie or zero-calorie drinks and drink mixes, as listed by the American Diabetes Association. To add extra flavor to plain water, add a squeeze of lemon juice, or make infused water with fresh cucumbers, strawberries or mint. Avoid drinks like standard soda, fruit punch, energy drinks and sweetened fruit drinks, as many provide upwards of 100 calories in a single serving. For instance, a 12-ounce can of soda has about 40 grams of carbohydrates and 150 calories.

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