Best Electrolyte Drinks For Diabetes
If you have diabetes and you are looking to stay hydrated with an electrolyte drink, you know it can be difficult to find one that isn’t too high in sugar and carbohydrates. If you have started an exercise regime, it can also be challenging to keep your blood sugar from getting too low. Exercise removes glucose from the blood without using insulin, and is crucial in getting diabetes under control, but it is a delicate balance for your blood sugar being too high when you are inactive, and too low when you are active. It is important that the electrolyte drink matches your activity level, and you are not drinking an electrolyte drink with 25 carbohydrates while you are sitting inside, or one with zero carbohydrates while you are combining Zumba, Jazzercize and CrossFit. In regards to these parameters, perhaps you were advised to choose an electrolyte drink that uses artificial sweeteners. While writing The New Menu for Diabetes, I did some research on artificial sweeteners and was shocked that these were recommended for diabetics. The studies clearly showed that these in fact should be avoided, and I wanted to go more in depth in this article regarding why you should avoid Splenda and Acesulfame K. Why You Should Avoid the Following Electrolyte Drinks The following is based on my research and opinion. 1. Powerade Zero After doing some research, I noticed that Powerade Zero was the drink of choice for many diabetics due to it having zero calories. What’s in Powerade Zero? UK Label: Water, citric acid, mineral salts (sodium chloride, magnesium chloride, calcium chloride, potassium phosphate), natural berry flavouring with other natural flavourings, acidity regulator (E332), sweeteners (sucralose, acesulfame K), colour (E133). US Label: Water, Citric Acid, Natural Flavor Continue reading >>
Carbonated Water: Is It A Good Drink For Diabetes?
Carbonated water—also called sparkling or effervescent water, club soda, seltzer water, tonic water, fizzy water—is water that contains carbon dioxide gas dissolved under pressure—the bubbles are the carbon dioxide (CO2) escaping the liquid once the pressure has been released by opening the bottle or container. There are some differences between these types of carbonated water—club soda, for example, tends to contain added minerals while tonic water contains quinine and a small amount of sugar, usually high fructose corn syrup. Flavors can be added to any of these forms of carbonated water. There are many different makers of carbonated water, but read the labels, especially if you are on a sodium-restricted diet, to see how much if any sodium may be in the carbonated water. You also want to be certain that the water is pure without any additional sugars, flavorings or color agents. I recommend reading the following articles too: Is Carbonated Water Healthy? Maybe the question should be—if you want a “YES!” answer—is carbonated water healthier than other beverages? In this case, the answer is definitely yes! Carbonated water is healthier than diet or regular soda, healthier than alcoholic drinks, healthier in general than coffee, healthier in some ways than juices and possibly healthier than some teas, particularly in some circumstances. Carbonated water is healthier than diet or regular soda because it contains nothing but CO2 and water—carbonated mineral water will have extra minerals in it as well, but diet and regular soda contains sugars, sugar substitutes, concentrated sugars like High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), phosphates and phosphoric acid, caffeine, added colors and preservatives, artificial and natural flavors, and other substances. On to Continue reading >>
Vitamin Water - Not A Healthy Drink
Now heres something you wouldnt expect. Coca-Cola is being sued by a non-profit public interest group, on the grounds that the companys vitaminwater products make unwarranted health claims. No surprise there. But how do you think the company is defending itself? In a staggering feat of twisted logic, lawyers for Coca-Cola are defending the lawsuit by asserting that no consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking vitaminwater was a healthy beverage. Does this mean that youd have to be an unreasonable person to think that a product named vitaminwater, a product that has been heavily and aggressively marketed as a healthy beverage, actually had health benefits? Or does it mean that its okay for a corporation to lie about its products, as long as they can then turn around and claim that no one actually believes their lies? In fact, the product is basically sugar-water, to which about a pennys worth of synthetic vitamins have been added. And the amount of sugar is not trivial. A bottle of vitaminwater contains 33 grams of sugar, making it more akin to a soft drink than to a healthy beverage. Is any harm being done by this marketing ploy? After all, some might say consumers are at least getting some vitamins, and there isnt as much sugar in vitaminwater as there is in regular Coke. True. But about 35 percent of Americans are now considered medically obese. Two-thirds of Americans are overweight. Health experts tend to disagree about almost everything, but they all concur that added sugars play a key role in the obesity epidemic, a problem that now leads to more medical costs than smoking. How many people with weight problems have consumed products like vitaminwater in the mistaken belief that the product was nutritionally positive and carried no caloric consequences? Ho Continue reading >>
Diabetic Test Kitchen: Say No To Vitamin Water
Its a product that has taken our country by storm. Sadly I've seen children and yes even diabetics drink it. Vitamin Water. Its super cool and sexy. Hey why not? Get all your vitamins and minerals in a bottle and you don't even have to drink that boring stuff (plain water) your grandma drank. It tastes so good, Heck it doesn't even taste like water. Why? Well for one its full of sugar. Yep I said that right. Vitamin Water has eight teaspoons of sugar per bottle. That's just shy of what you get in a can of coke. It clocks in at 50 calories per serving. Remember folks that each bottle, just like coke, has 2.5 servings! The sugar may hide under the ingredient list as crystalline fructose but remember Crystalline fructose is a processed sweetener derived from corn that is almost entirely fructose. It consists of at least 98% pure fructose. Crystalline fructose is estimated to be about 20 percent sweeter than table sugar, and 5% sweeter than high-fructose corn syrup. We need to get over the illusion that products like Vitamin Water will hydrate you better than water. Want more vitamins? Eat a salad and drink some water (real water). For the price of one bottle of vitamin water (depending where you shop) you could go into your local mega-store and get yourself a 24 pack of old fashion drinking water. Remember that the water used in Vitamin Water is not tapped from some vitamin rich source. All the vitamins are added in later in the production and in low amounts. Stick with the bottled water and dark leafy greens. Continue reading >>
What Can I Drink If I Have Diabetes?
Having diabetes means that you have to be aware of everything you eat or drink. Knowing the amount of carbohydrates you ingest and how they may affect your blood sugar is crucial. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends zero-calorie or low-calorie drinks. The main reason is to prevent a spike in blood sugar. Choosing the right drinks can help you avoid unpleasant side effects, manage your symptoms, and maintain a healthy weight. Water Unsweetened tea Unsweetened coffee Sugar-free fruit juice Low-fat milk Zero- or low-calorie drinks are typically your best bet when choosing a drink. Squeeze some fresh lemon or lime juice into your drink for a refreshing, low-calorie kick. Whether you’re at home or at a restaurant, here are the most diabetes-friendly beverage options. 1. Water When it comes to hydration, water is the best option for people with diabetes. That’s because it won’t raise your blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels can cause dehydration. Drinking enough water can help your body eliminate excess glucose through urine. Women should drink approximately 8 glasses of water each day, while men should drink about 10 glasses. If plain water doesn’t appeal to you, create some variety by: adding slices of lemon, lime, or orange adding sprigs of flavourful herbs, such as mint, basil, or lemon balm crushing a couple of fresh or frozen raspberries into your drink 2. Tea Research has shown that green tea has a positive effect on your general health. It can also help reduce your blood pressure and lower your LDL cholesterol levels. Some research suggests that drinking up to six cups a day may lower your risk of type 2 diabetes. However, more research is needed. Whether you choose green, black, or herbal tea, you should avoid sweeteners. For a refreshi Continue reading >>
Best And Worst Drinks For Type 2 Diabetes
1 / 8 Best and Worst Drinks for Type 2 Diabetes If you have type 2 diabetes, you know it's important to watch what you eat — and the types of drinks you consume. Drinks that are high in carbohydrates and calories can affect both your weight and your blood sugar. "Generally speaking, you want your calories and carbs to come from whole foods, not from drinks," says Nessie Ferguson, RD, CDE, a nutritionist at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. The best drinks have either zero or very few calories, and deciding on a beverage isn't really difficult. "When it comes right down to it, good beverage choices for type 2 diabetes are good choices for everyone," she says. Some good drinks for type 2 diabetes include: Water Fat-free or low-fat milk Black coffee Unsweetened tea (hot or iced) Flavored water (zero calories) or seltzer But sugary soda is one of the worst types of drinks for type 2 diabetes, according to the Mayo Clinic. The problems with soda include: Empty calories. Soft drinks are very high in sugar, have zero nutritional value, and are often used in place of healthy drinks such as milk. Cavities. The high sugar combined with the acid in soda dissolves tooth enamel, which increases the risk of cavities. Weight gain. Sugary sodas have about 10 teaspoons of sugar per 12-ounce can. Boosts risk of diabetes and risk of complications for those who have diabetes. Some people with type 2 diabetes continue to drink alcohol, but you should be aware that any alcohol consumption may result in dangerously low blood sugar levels for up to 24 hours. That’s why it’s important to check your blood sugar often and get your doctor's okay before you drink alcohol. People with diabetes should only consume alcohol if their diabetes is well controlled and should always wear a medical Continue reading >>
Skepticrd: Vitamin Water Zero Benefits
At one time human beings could only satiate their thirst with water. In the past ten thousand years, however, some other beverages have arisen that have challenged water as our main thirst quencher, and currently there are beverages out there for sale that mention "water" in their title. Of course just mentioning water in advertising makes us think of the satisfaction of having our thirst quenched, but are these beverages really worth it? I was asked to talk about Vitamin Water Zero specifically, so let's see what this can and can't do for us. Side note: For an entertaining and informative view regarding how man-made beverages have influenced and been used in the history of the human race, I highly recommend the Book A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage. First of all, one of the things I didn't realize was there was more than one variety of Vitamin Water Zero, but a quick trip to their website indicates that there are 5 different varieties and soon to be a sixth. And one of the other things I've noticed is thatthe labels can be a little confusing at first. For example, let's take a look at the label for Vitamin Water Zero Go-Go . First note the serving size and servings per bottle--the serving size is 8 oz, and there are 2.5 servings per bottle (20 oz bottle). (In my experience--and it is my experience, I haven't conducted a true study!--people drink the whole bottle over the course of a day or a much shorter period of time!) Now look at the carb content, which is four grams per serving, or ten grams for the whole bottle. Normally carbohydrates contain 4 calories per gram, so if there's four grams of carb per serving, there should actually be about 16 calories per serving and about 40 calories per bottle. Why the discrepancy? The answer lies in looking Continue reading >>
Vitaminwater: The Truth
Coca Cola's VitaminWater is being marketed as a healthy, hydrating, and rejuvenating drink. However, it appears to be nothing more than sugar water. Have you been fooled? Coca-Cola's VitaminWater is being marketed as a healthy, hydrating, and rejuvenating drink. The bottles are beautiful, colourful, and the text is snappy and clever. Empowering words like endurance, energy, essential, and focus are used liberally. It is obvious that a lot of thought went into the marketing of this product, however, it appears to be nothing more than sugar water. Just have a look at the list of ingredients: Vapor distilled water, crystalline fructose, citric acid, caffeine, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), gum Arabic, natural flavor, electrolytes (calcium, magnesium, and potassium), gum ester, zinc picolinate, vitamin E acetate, vitamin A palmitate, niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), beta carotene, Siberian ginseng and guarana extracts, cyanocobalamin (B12), caramel color, pyridoxine hydrochloride (B6) VitaminWater contains water, sugar and a few added vitamins. Though the beverage comes in a range of fruity flavours, it contains no real fruit. VitaminWater's sugar levels are exceptionally high. According to the South African label the beverage contains 5.4 grams of sugar per 100ml and 96kJ which means that if you drink a 500ml bottle, you will have consumed 27 grams of sugar and 478kJ. That's about 8 teaspoons of sugar! The few vitamins added to the drink cant cancel out the sugars and additives in a beverage - you are much better off gaining these nutrients from your diet (or a multivitamin if necessary).A homemade smoothie with fresh fruit, for example,would be far more nutritious. With all this in mind, how can Coca-Cola get away with marketing VitaminWater as a healthy drink? In 2009 th Continue reading >>
Gluceau Vitamin Water Zero
HealingWell.com Forum > Diseases & Conditions > Diabetes > Gluceau Vitamin Water Zero Has anyone heard of or tried the (Coca Cola) product: Gluceau Vitamin Water Zero? If so, have you treid it and what is your opinion? Reverse Osmosis Water, Less than 1% of: Rebiana (Stevia Extract) and Crystalline Fructose and Erythritol (Natural Sweeteners), Calcium Lactate and Potassium Phosphate and Magnesium Lactate (Electrolyte Sources), Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Gum Acacia, Beta-Carotene, Sorbitol, Modified Food Starch, Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), Vitamin E (Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate), Vitamin B5 (Calcium Pantothenate), Glycerol Ester of Rosin, Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride), Vitamin B12. No I haven't tried it, I really don't care for stuff like that. Reading your ingredient list I see it has erithitol? and that may have a laxative effect. T2, OmniPod,Fibro,MVP,CAD,4 level cervical fusion, L5_S1 needs fusion, arthritis all over, need 2 knee replacements, Vit D3, and a lot of other meds! I think it sounds like a good drink especially in this hot weather we're having. I don't think the erythritol is enough in one bottle to bother the stomach but I wouldn't drink more than one at a time. I've bought this when it's on sale and I like some of the flavors. diabetes type 2 controlled so far by diet and exercise I just saw Feee 2 0 in Duane Reade and wonder if anyone tried that drink? It's supposed to be free of 'everything," but it also does contain erythrtol and wonder why that would have laxative effect? I made a mistake in my previous post. It's not the erythritol that can cause that effect; it's the sorbitol. However, you say that this drink Free 2.0 only has erythritol and stevia, so it shouldn't bother your stomach. Sorbitol and other sugar alco Continue reading >>
The Best And Worst Drinks For Diabetics
Drinks for Diabetics iStock When you have diabetes, choosing the right drink isn’t always simple. And recent studies may only add to the confusion. Is coffee helpful or harmful to insulin resistance? Does zero-calorie diet soda cause weight gain? We reviewed the research and then asked three top registered dietitians, who are also certified diabetes educators, what they tell their clients about seven everyday drinks. Here’s what to know before you sip. Drink More: Water iStock Could a few refreshing glasses of water assist with blood sugar control? A recent study in the journal Diabetes Care suggests so: The researchers found that people who drank 16 ounces or less of water a day (two cups’ worth) were 30 percent more likely to have high blood sugar than those who drank more than that daily. The connection seems to be a hormone called vasopressin, which helps the body regulate hydration. Vasopressin levels increase when a person is dehydrated, which prompts the liver to produce more blood sugar. How much: Experts recommend six to nine 8-ounce glasses of water per day for women and slightly more for men. You’ll get some of this precious fluid from fruit and vegetables and other fluids, but not all of it. “If you’re not in the water habit, have a glass before each meal,” recommends Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and author of The African American Guide to Living Well with Diabetes. “After a few weeks, add a glass at meals too.” Drink More: Milk iStock Moo juice isn’t just a kids’ drink. It provides the calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin D your body needs for many essential functions. Plus, research shows it may also boost weight loss. In one study of 322 people trying to sl Continue reading >>
Is Vitamin Water Zero Good For Diabetes?
Is vitamin water zero good or bad for diabetes Hi, I am Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com, researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I am going to answer the question, is vitamin water zero good for diabetes. But before you get into that, be sure to download my free diabetes management book, which also includes a guide to grocery shopping for diabetes (foods to eat and avoid). Vitamin water sounds very interesting right? And the zero water vitamin sounds even more interesting. I knew by name that it was a product of Coca Cola Bottling, that kind of having a monopoly on all "zero" names. So I went to their website to see what I could find on this product. The first words, for some reason, that caught my attention were "reverse osmosis water." Now, I studied chemistry and I know what osmosis is, it's basically where the molecules will pass through a semipermeable membrane from a less concentrated solution to a more concentrated one that expects to reach equilibrium. So what is reverse osmosis? Is Coke trying to reach a state of imbalance? But there is no explanation on your website, not even in the FAQ segment, and that has to be a frequent question, right? Therefore, I looked for and discovered that "reverse osmosis is a process in which dissolved inorganic solids (such as salts) are removed from a solution (such as water) by forcing the water through a semipermeable membrane. So basically I took all that time to tell you that the vitamin water is filtered. But the filtered water does not sound so cool does it? Vitamin Water Zero comes in 8 flavors, does not contain calories or carbohydrates. The "vitamin" part comes in the form of A, B6, C and E and some minerals. Coca Cola points out on its website that this product is made with OGM so if you are not int Continue reading >>
What You Can Drink, Besides Water, When You Have Diabetes
No doubt: Water is the perfect drink. It doesn't have calories, sugar, or carbs, and it's as close as a tap. If you're after something tastier, though, you've got options. Some tempting or seemingly healthy drinks aren't great for you, but you can make swaps or easy homemade versions of many of them. These tasty treats can fit into your diabetes diet and still satisfy your cravings. 1. Chocolate Milk This treat may remind you of the school lunchroom, but it’s a good calcium-rich choice for grown-ups as well. Low-fat chocolate milk can be a good post-workout recovery drink. The bad news: Ready-made brands come packed with sugar. Try this at home: Mix 1% milk, 3 teaspoons of cocoa powder, and 2 tablespoons of the zero-calorie sweetener of your choice. It saves you 70 calories, 16 grams of carbs, and 2 grams of fat compared to 1 cup of store-bought, reduced-fat chocolate milk. 2. Sweet Tea A 16-ounce fast-food version might have up to 36 grams of carbs. That’s a lot of sugar, especially when there are carb-free choices, like sugar-free iced tea or iced tea crystals, that are just as satisfying. But you can also easily make your own: Steep tea with your favorite crushed fruit (raspberries are a good choice). Strain, chill, and then sweeten with your choice of no-calorie sugar substitute. That’s a tall glass of refreshment. 6. Hot Chocolate It’s the ultimate in decadent drinks. Coffeehouse-style versions of this classic are packed with carbs. A typical medium hot chocolate made with low-fat milk has 60 grams. Good news: You can make your own satisfying mug for less than half that. Mix 1 cup of low-fat milk with 2 squares of 70% dark chocolate, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and a little cinnamon. Melt in a saucepan, and enjoy it for only 23 grams of carbs. It seems like a he Continue reading >>
The Perfect No Carb Drink? - Diabetes
I was running around on my lunch looking for something to add to my ham and cheese roll-ups and came across Koa. It claims it is the perfect drink from 12 fresh fruits and veggies with no carbs. For me I am always on the hunt for new beverages with no carbs - It tastes somewhat like a flavored water but has some decent vitamin counts considering it has no sugar/carbs/sodium/protein/fat or calories. I got the Raspberry one and it is actually pretty good. Probably not worth the price I paid (thank you midtown Manhattan) but a cool find nonetheless. Here is the link to their site (not dynamic but gives basic info): Yes, water. I live in Arizona and have an abundance of citrus. A squeeze of lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit into the water is delicious and it's still good for you. Sometimes, I'll mix in a little salt under cover of the citrus flavor to replace electrolytes I've sweated out. Well, I've never seen no plants grow out of no toilet. Possibly Vitamin water(Zero). The pink one "Focus" is not too bad as a zero. The orange and the grapefruit flavors of Lacroix seltzer water. I've switched to Zevia for a little variety. They're not strictly no carb, the can lists 4 grams per serving, probably from the stevia. The variety of flavors makes them worthwhile. Shot caller dropping $5 on a 6pk of cans. Local prices are $3 to $3.50 a six pack. Not really that bad. I just picked up four six packs for $3.99 each, on sale at the supermarket. Cheaper than Amazon, by far, but not really comparable to your big soda brands. Nonetheless, if I like any of the flavors I bought, that price is worth it for a guilt-free enjoyable soft drink. Cola tastes like high-end off-brand cola, ginger root beer tastes like a cross between root beer and birch beer, and cream soda is missing that ess Continue reading >>
What's A Good Cold Drink, Besides Diet Soda And Water?
A: Hi Patti-cake, Most “regular” and non-diet drinks contain carbohydrate, often in the form of high-fructose corn syrup, cane sugar or fruit juice. While drinking small amounts of these drinks is okay, they can add up in carbohydrate and calories. If you choose not to drink “diet” beverages, or those that are sweetened with non-nutritive sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose or stevia, your choices are somewhat limited. Options include: water, seltzer water or club soda, flavored seltzer water, unsweetened iced tea (black, green, white and herbal teas are good) and unsweetened ice coffee. You can also try diluting a small amount of fruit juice, like cranberry juice, for example, with seltzer water to make a “juice spritzer.” If you use no more than ¼ cup of juice, you’ll consume about 30 calories and 8 grams of carbohydrate (but you’ll need to limit how often you drink this beverage, as, here too, the calories and carbs can add up). Continue reading >>
Something Else Besides Water To Drink
Okay ladies, I am trying to stay on track but I am sick right now and water just does nothing to help coat my throat and I am tired of water. What else can I drink? Have you tried La Croix waters? They are natural flavored waters with gas... Like a soda sort off but no sugar or sodium or anything. It's literally soda water. Might take some getting used to, but it's better than nothing. I like the orange flavor. They have TONS of flavors, though Crystal light has been hitting the spot when I need a change from water. The lemonade is my fav. If you have a Costco membership, I really enjoy the Kirkland version of Vitamin waters. I think it's called VitaRain? No added sugars or sodium and less than 1g of carbs. Very good cold and I drink one a day. Also, can always try cold lemon water, that's my other go-to drink. It's yummy and will help detoxify your system! @gab1 I couldn't do with out my sparkling flavored water! Lime and orange are my go to, and there are many brands that don't have sweeter or sodium. If I'm craving something a little more creamy I have a glass of Almond milkvery low carbs and only 1gm of sugar if you get the unsweetened! I have a soda stream and make sparking water and add a squeeze of lemon juice or lime juice. Or buy sparkling water and do the same. I maker a crystal light lemonade and sometimes add a few fresh strawberries to it. My 3 year old loves it too. Continue reading >>