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The best and worst alcohol for people with diabetes

Posted by Avery Chernin on

The best and worst alcohol for people with diabetes

Best and worst alcohol for diabetics

One question we get asked a lot is: can I still drink if I have diabetes?

Of course alcohol is not particularly great for anyone - diabetes or not - but if you're going to drink then you're going to drink, and that's fine.

In this post we will discuss the correct way to drink if you have diabetes in order to have the least negative impact on your health.

If you have diabetes, here is some alcohol that you can consume in moderation:

  • Lite beer
  • Dry wine (nothing too sweet)
  • Liquor - do not mix with soda, use seltzer water.
  • Martinis
  • Spiked seltzer such as White Claw

Avoid the following:

  • Regular beer
  • Sweet wine or sangria
  • Fruity or sweet cocktails such as margaritas
  • Mixed drinks using soda

Heres a handy little chart as well to help you remember what to drink and what to avoid:

diabetes-alcohol-chart

 

The bottom line

If you're going to drink, make sure to stick with the low-carb options listed above.

Also remember to make good eating choices and have healthy snacks around in case you're hungry after a night out.

One of the biggest challenges with drinking is that it can lead to eating unhealthy foods like pizza.

In order to avoid this, be sure to have some of your favorite low-carb snacks around so it's easy to make a good food choice, even while you're drinking.