Can people with type 2 diabetes drink diet soda?
If you have type 2 diabetes, you probably already know that you should avoid sugary foods and drinks that can spike blood sugar levels.
But what about sugar-free alternatives like diet soda?
Are those safe to drink?
The short answer is: yes... diet soda and other sugar-free foods and drinks are generally acceptable to eat and drink, even if you have type 2 diabetes.
Sugar-free alternatives like diet soda shouldn't have much of an impact on blood sugar levels, which means they are OK to drink in moderation.
But just because diet soda isn't going to raise your blood sugar, that doesn't mean they're good for you.
In fact sodas, (including diet sodas) are some of the worst things for your health that you can drink.
They contain all sorts of artificial ingredients, and provide no nutritional value.
They won't raise your A1C, but they sure as heck won't lower it either.
What are some healthy alternatives to diet soda?
Even though diet soda is a big step up from regular soda, there a still a lot of better alternatives that you can try. Here are a few healthier alternatives that still taste great:
- La Croix
- Matcha Tea
- Bulletproof Coffee
- Yerba Mate
- V8 Tomato Juice (in moderation - this does have sugar!)
- Kombucha (look for sugar-free options)
Pro Tip: The best way to stop drinking soda is to replace it with something else that you like to drink.
If you just try to stop drinking soda, but don't have a substitute on hand ready to go, you aren't likely to succeed.
This is because for many of us, it isn't the drink per se that we are addicted to, instead it's the habit of drinking something flavorful and carbonated.
The same can be said for snacking. Rather than trying to simply stop snacking, just replace your snacks with something a bit healthier.
Give yourself permission to snack or drink as much as you want, so long as it is with your new "healthy" alternatives.
Diet soda and other sugar-free sodas are definitely a big step up from regular soda, and they are OK to consume in moderation.
That being said, they provide no nutritional value, and contain lots of artificial ingredients that aren't very good for you.
If you can, try to replace sodas with natural alternatives whenever possible. You'll find there are a lot of options out there that are just as delicious, and a whole lot healthier than diet sodas.