What to drink?

By Latest Reply 2011-04-27 16:04:30 -0500
Started 2008-11-15 14:10:25 -0600

Other than water, what are some good things to drink? I drink alot of diet soda. I also try to drink alot of orange juice, when I can remember to buy it!!!

There seems to be alot of questions about the different type of juices one can or cannot or should not drink (including my own question about it). Any advice on this.

There is also a question about eating oranges. Are they good or bad for you seeing as how oj is not the best thing to be drinking.


31 replies

Rawhide4u2
Rawhide4u2 2011-04-27 16:04:30 -0500 Report

I am NOT surprised at some of the replies left on this forum. The general public is very confused as to what is healthy and why this "disease" for the lack of a better term, is so prevalent. There is an intentional focus to keep many Americans in poor health by "toxifying" what society consumes for a financial benefit.

Diet Soda? (toxic) Orange Juice? (nothing but sugar) V8 Juice? (too much sodium/preservatives) Crystal Lite? (toxic)

Ladies and Gentleman allow me to shed some light on this subject. Those items should not be consumed by any person that has Diabetes and some such as Diet Soda and Crystal light, shouldn't be consumed by ANYONE.

I beleive one person mentioned that their Dr. didn't want them consuming V8 Juice. One main reason would be due to the extremely HIGH sodium count. A rule of thumb regarding sodium, the Sodium to potassium count in any product should be 3mg potassium to 1mg of sodium. If you see no potassium listed then it shouldn't be consumed. Read labels and UNDERSTAND what they are telling you.

For all you "Diet Soda" "Crystal Light" drinkers, ever seen this listed in the ingredient section? Aspartame, Phenylalanine or Phenylketonurics. This is extremely cancerous and highly toxic. As a matter of fact, if you're chewing gum or have some mints nearby, take a look at the ingredient label. Ever wonder why Phenylketonurics or phenylalanine is in BOLD writing? It's a warning to stay away.

Without going too far into what America should eat, some healthy and safe drink choices for Diabetics and us healthy people, are Green and Herbal teas, WATER, REAL Cranberry Juice with NO sugar added, WATER, Apple Juice, WATER, Prune juice and WATER…if you got the point.

I do hope this helps many of you begin to make better choices in your beverage selections, and perhaps your food also.

Good luck and healthy living.

kyladee
kyladee 2008-11-16 14:56:10 -0600 Report

I like Diet Sierra Mist soda with a slice of lemon and a slice of lime. Also sugar free iced tea is good, sweetener added. I drink alot of ice water. Sometimes I slice some lemons and limes, and put a piece or two in it just to make it have that special flavor, and it's very refreshing I think.

sexyswamprat
sexyswamprat 2008-11-16 15:29:09 -0600 Report

I like the diet sierra mist too. It's much better than the other diet sodas out there.

fun2u2007
fun2u2007 2008-11-17 12:00:17 -0600 Report

Thanks for the tip on the diet Sierra Mist. I have never tried that. I drink 1 cup of coffee in the morning, then stick to water, tea or crystal light. I would love to try the Sierra Mist for a change of pace.

debbie
debbie 2008-11-16 04:33:27 -0600 Report

I love to drink lite v-8 juice. The one that has all the vegtables in it. but my dietician told me I can't drink juices because of the calories, even when I was sick, my doctor would not let me drink juices. So what do you drink: Aren't you suppose to drink plenty of fluids? What kind can you drink? They would only let me have water and diet sprite.
Debbie

caspersmama
caspersmama 2008-11-16 08:35:36 -0600 Report

Wow. I will drink V-8 if I am going out and do not have time for breakfast. It is low in carbs because of the veggies. And it is filling. I wonder why they would not let you drink the juice. Could you at least eat the fruit?

NormaJean
NormaJean 2008-11-16 11:47:53 -0600 Report

I drink a lot of water,sometimes I add the Wyler's singles to go in different flavors,it is low cal and sugar free.I also drink green tea and herbal teas namely cinnamon,ginger and bay leaf.Sometimes I have Healthy Choice grapefruit juice or cranberry juice low cal..about 8g sugar.I use Splenda to sweeten my tea or a teaspoon of honey.

2008-11-16 12:04:17 -0600 Report

Because of other medications, I cannot drink grapefruit juice and I do not like cranberry juice. I do use splenda.

debbie
debbie 2008-11-17 10:33:44 -0600 Report

My dieticain will not let me have anything with grapefruit in it. I did have high cholesterol when I went to the doctor last visit, I go again today to have my 3 month check up. Hopefully I have it under control this time. will keep you posted.

debbie
debbie 2008-11-17 11:35:18 -0600 Report

If you don't mind me asking what are you doing for your high cholesterol? Are you on meds? I just walk and watch what I eat it's all I know to do. I had a girl at work ask me about high cholesterol, I told her I just walk and watch what I eat. She came back later and told me she started walking 4 miles a day, watched what she ate, went to the doctor and her cholester went way down.
Thanks for all your info.
Debbie.

2008-11-17 13:15:07 -0600 Report

I am on Zocor. I also try to watch what I eat. Because of sever arthritis in my knees, I can't walk at any length. I get around to the store and things, but am not able to go on long walks and such.

Toma
Toma 2008-11-16 12:10:24 -0600 Report

I like V8 too but do not drink it because it is very high in sodium. Even V8 low sodium has 140 mg of sodium and 8 grams of sugar according to the nutrition label. Regular V8 is 480 mg sodium per 8 oz serving and 8 grams of sugar.

Type 2 diabetics tend to also have high blood pressure and should be aware of the sodium.

2008-11-18 11:37:44 -0600 Report

I also have high blood pressure. I'm just one medical disaster after another!!! LOL I know it really isn't funny, but I do my best to keep on the bright side of things and as long as I do what my doc says, I'll be ok. I do my best be stay positive about things.

PAT L
PAT L 2008-11-16 00:50:21 -0500 Report

MY DOC TOLD ME THAT COFFEE IS OK WITH REG SUGAR IF YOUR NUMBERS ARE STAYING WITH IN THE LIMITS, JUST ENOUGHT FOR TASTE AN NOT TO OVER DO IT. I ALSO DRINK A SLIMFAST ULTIMATE ABOUT 2 HOURS BEFORE BEDTIME, DURING THE DAY I WILL DRINK A 16 FL OZ V8 SPLASH BERRY FAVOR, IT HAS ABOUT 15 GR OF SUGAR BUT ONLY IF MY #`S ARE DOWN. AS THE DOC SAYS YOU NEED SOME SUGAR BUT ONLY IF YOU ARE WITHIN YOUR NORMAL #`S AN THEY WILL NOT MAKE THEM JUMP OUT OF SIGHT…

sexyswamprat
sexyswamprat 2008-11-15 23:08:29 -0600 Report

I drink Crystal lite, tea and water. Water being my favorite. I drink an occasional diet drink with Jim Beam, or Captain Morgans. Grain alcohal doesn't raise your blood sugar. Atleast not mine. I never drink orange juice. Haven't had it since I was dx. I think back to my hep c treatment of interferone and ribivirian in 2004, and they tell you to drink lots of orange juice. I was drinking 2-3 cartons a day. This was for a year. I wasn't dx till 2007. But I'm sure that I was pre-diabetic at the time and I think of how high my blood sugars must have been during that period. I definately miss it though.

Lisa Ann
Lisa Ann 2008-11-15 16:34:34 -0600 Report

I always drink water, never any pop or juice. I might have a small glass of oj 1 or 2 times a year, but thats it.

Toma
Toma 2008-11-15 17:02:59 -0500 Report

Skip has a great idea with the lemonade sweetened with stevia.

Can we say that? The FDA seize drinks and products that have “sweetened with Stevia” on the label. It is allowed as a food additive but not approved as a sweetener even though I cannot think of anything else it is used for. The acid in the lemon juice and the stevia both help control blood glucose.

Water is obviously the best but I will not drink as much water as I should either. I would not drink very much diet soda especially if it is sweetened with aspartame. I will not drink orange juice since 1 cup has 23.3 grams of sugar. Even unsweetened orange juice is 21 grams per cup. One teaspoon of table sugar is 4.19 grams of sugar so 1 cup of orange juice has between 5 and 5 ½ teaspoons of sugar. It is also liquefied so it is quicker to hit the blood stream as blood glucose. Even tomato juice has 9.196 grams of sugar (over 2 teaspoons) per cup. Carrot juice has 9.228 grams of sugar per cup. There is a lot more sugar in most fruit and vegetable juices than we might imagine.

There are several drink crystals on the market that can be helpful. Ones I use are Vita splash which has vitamins and other nutrients and Lipton green tea and Nestea pomegranate blueberry, Both of the teas contain anti oxidants, particularly if they are green tea. They are all sweetened with Splenda. Some people say spenda is not a good choice and it is definitely not as good as the stevia.

Other good options are lime drinks sweetened with stevia, celery juice, and herbal teas. (Celestial Seasonings, a company from Boulder, CO has a wide variety and most are high in anti oxidants while being caffeine free.)

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-11-15 19:25:10 -0500 Report

Toma has a grea one in Celestial Seasonings. It is great tea. It steeps well, has great flavor and is good cold or hot. I can drink many of them without sweetening them at all, they are that good.

I am not a fan of diet anything, and I either drink unsweetened or with stevia. I add a teaspoon of lime juice and a pack of stevia to 20 oz of water and I am good to go. I love it.

No juice...juice has very little benefit of the fruits it comes from. You are better off to eat the fruit and save the carbs for something else. Like KD said, if you want it, test it to see what it does to your numbers.

kdroberts
kdroberts 2008-11-15 16:55:41 -0500 Report

You just threw up a red flag with the orange juice. Orange juice is basically pure sugar and many people use it to raise blood sugar quickly when their blood sugar is low. If you are drinking a lot I would guess that it would really have a pretty major effect on your blood sugar, and a pretty bad one at that. Next time you drink it, try testing 30, 60 and 90 minutes after drinking it.

2008-11-15 19:07:33 -0600 Report

For some reason I was under the impression that orange juice was something good to drink. Glad I asked the question.

2008-11-16 11:30:39 -0600 Report

Since oj is out for the most part, what about tomato juice? I would like to be able to drink some type of juice, but oj, tomato juice, and on occasion, grape juice is the only ones I like.

2008-11-16 11:49:48 -0600 Report

Juices in general tend to be high in carbohydrates, you need to read the label and the serving size. I don't drink juice unless I'm having a low.

caspersmama
caspersmama 2008-11-15 16:47:09 -0500 Report

I drink decaf unsweetened tea, crystal light and water with lemons or limes.I forget 2 cups of decaf coffee in the mornings

SkipT
SkipT 2008-11-15 16:06:13 -0500 Report

I like flavored seltzer waters. No calories, no carbs, no artificial flavors. Canfields makes lemon, lime and citrus.
Also I make my own lemonade using stevia for a sweetener.You can add unflavored selter water to give it a little fizz.
Tea is also good. Many different types. I use the decaf teas.

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