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When you have type 2 diabetes, monitoring your carb intake is extremely important. But many people find that, while adapting, over time, to altering the types of foods they eat (and how much of it they eat), they overlook what they’re drinking.

“Most people with diabetes know that regular soda should be avoided, but other beverages, even those marketed as ‘healthy’ choices, may not be any better for blood sugar control,” says Lanah J. Brennan, RD, CDE, a nutrition consultant at Reactive Nutrition in Lafayette, La.

Here are a few of the worst drinks for diabetics, as well as some recommended (and flavorful) alternatives:

Regular soda: Soda typically has about 150 calories (about 10 teaspoons of sugar).

Alternative: Instead of grabbing a can of soda, try calorie-free flavored seltzer water.

Diabetic? Don’t Drink This!  was originally published on

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