Alternative Drinks for People with Type 2 Diabetes
New research suggests the old adage “You are what you eat” may need to be amended to add “and what you drink.” Scientists from the University of Navarra, Spain conducted a study over a period of ten years which strongly correlates bottled juices to the development of type 2 diabetes, “Significantly, a direct link was found between a daily intake of bottled juice drinks and diabetes, with a 33 per cent increase for each additional serving per day of bottled juice” (Woodfield). Conversely, the risk of type 2 diabetes decreased for the participants who drank water or fresh fruit juice, especially orange juice, “When bottled juice was replaced with water, the reduction in risk was 25 per cent; when substituted for fresh juice, the risk was reduced by 35 per cent; and when substituted with fresh orange juice, the risk reduction was 44 per cent” (Woodfield). While extensive studies and information have covered the considerable topic of food, these research findings suggest ample attention should be paid to beverage as well.
As there is an old saying which goes like this “You are what you eat” but to add to it, “and what you drink as well”. As per one of the research which was conducted for a period of over ten years it was found out that there has been a direct link between the individual’s daily intake of bottled juices and diabetes illness. There has already been warning signs on avoiding certain sugar items mostly for those suffering from diabetes. Coca Cola and Pepsi are few of the drinks which should be avoided. Coffee is also a silent killer since it also contains added sugar especially the ones which are available in the various coffee joints.
Natural flavors are anytime better than the artificial flavor but they are not always the best since natural flavors may not necessarily be organic in nature since there are chances that it can be tampered due to chemical intervention. But the good news is that there are a lot of alternatives instead of opting for sugary items. Whenever it is possible go in for whole fruits as well as homemade smoothies since they are anytime better than the fruit juices which are readily available on stores and are mostly loaded with sugar, flavors as well as artificial sweeteners. For getting that milkshake texture you can also go in for low-fat, less sweet yogurt as well as combination of milk since it would help in getting the proteins and calcium in the body. Vegetable smoothies is another idea and can also include veggies such as squash, carrots and pumpkin. Apart from smoothies, other drinks which one can go in for are carbonated water, cold or hot tea, water with fruits such as lemon or herbs to be added in it.
Tea can be taken in any form minus the sugar or sweetening flavor to it. There are various kinds of tea available such as herbal, black tea, green tea, caffeine free tea, hot or cold tea. You can also add certain things to boost the immunity of the body and those are lemon, honey, cinnamon or low-fat cream to it. This would enhance the flavor of the drink and at the same time is packed with healthy benefits. Lemon as well as allergy is known to be good for those suffering from allergy or cold since it helps to cut down the crud and provides a calming or soothing effect to the throat. Cinnamon is also proved to help in improving the circulation. Coffee on the other hand should be kept simple to be consumed such as a cup of black coffee with less sugar and cream. Consumption of coffee is linked with reduction in the risk of various medical illness such as diabetes. Slices of strawberries or lemons are said to be the most commonly used fruits as display in water. But any would do, mint is also known to provide that refreshing feel without the need of sugar.