soda water & coconut milk and oil

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By Fi's Mailbag! Latest Reply 2014-08-05 12:00:12 -0500
Started 2014-08-04 07:38:56 -0500

hi, I've been a t2 diabetic for about 12 years, and still don't really know whether I'm doing ok or not. Anyway, I have difficulty drinking plain water, so someone suggested soda water, and I can drink it like it's the last drink I'll ever get!!!
What I want to know is whether soda water is good for you or not…if it is ok, great, if it isn't good then tell me why please. Also, I have a soda stream maker, and make my own…good or bad? Why or why not? Alteratives?
I have also given up dairy milk and have replaced it with either almond milk or coconut milk, same as sugar. Changed white and raw sugar for organic coconut sugar, it isn't as sweet and tastes great, and we also use coconut oil to cook with.

Am I on the right track?
Just looking for some guidance please?
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tabby9146 2014-08-05 12:00:12 -0500 Report

good changes you have made. I don't know about soda water. I love almond and soy milk and I have yet to try the coconut milk, or coconut water, or even the oil or coconut sugar, but I sure plan to!

Glucerna 2014-08-04 17:27:51 -0500 Report

It's great that you're looking for healthier alternatives. Have you met with a registered dietitian or certified diabetes educator? They're excellent resources to answer your questions and help you learn how to best manage diabetes. ~Lynn @Glucerna

jayabee52 2014-08-04 14:48:44 -0500 Report

Howdy Fi

What is your difficulty drinking plain water? Can't keep it down?

Regarding the soda water one gets from Sodastream, it depends on with what the soda is sweetened. Obviously it would not be good to be sweetened with sugar or HFCS (high fructose corn syrup). It would be great if you could find one sweetened by one of the stevia derivitives Truvia or Purvia. Of lesser value to you would be anything sweetened by one of the artificial, non nutritive sweeteners: Aspartame, Sucralose, Saccharin, due to safety concerns,

Obviously I am not familiar with the Sodastream system, or I would know how the "diet" sodas are sweetened.

From my perspective it would be preferable to use almond milk if you wish to replace dairy milk. Both soy and rice milk have some negatives.

I have used coconut oil to cook and it is OK to use.

Praying these suggestions are helpful.


haoleboy 2014-08-04 09:08:26 -0500 Report

Welcome Fi …
Soda water? Like club soda? Pretty much just water that is infused with carbon dioxide, so a good choice for a diabetic..
Coconut and almond "milk" are fine and have some health benefits (make sure they are unsweetened) but wondering why you gave up dairy?
There is some evidence to suggest that coconut sugar might have some nutritional advantage over table sugar … but it is still sugar and IMO should be avoided or at least used very sparingly.
Big fan of coconut oil, so no issues from me on that … use it every day.


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Fi's Mailbag! 2014-08-04 18:37:38 -0500 Report

Thanx Steve, I don't use any sweetener in the soda stream, I just have the water, with bubbles in it! I can drink soda water with no problems, but can't drink plain water, it makes me heave! I have been trying to drink more plain water but not haveng much sucess

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