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    Besides water, what should diabetics drink?

    Anyone have any liquid suggestions…
  • Courtney Bates

    Dietitian, Nutritionist



    Courtney is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), Accredited Nutritionist (AN) and member of the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). She runs her own practice on ... View Profile

    Water is always the #1 choice of drink. Adults need about 30-35ml fluid per kg each day - so do the maths and check whether you're drinking enough. Alternative drinks to water, which won't affect blood sugar levels, include diet cordial, diet soft drink, freshly squeezed lemon in water, black tea, black coffee, soda water, mineral water or sparkling water. I would limit diet soft drinks to 1 per day, as some studies have shown high intake of diet soft drinks can increase our appetite for sweet, calorie-dense foods. Diabetics need to avoid concentrated sources of sugars, which includes drinks such as soft drinks, fruit juices and ginger ale. 

    My favourite tip is putting sliced fresh lemon and a few mint leaves into a water jug for a refreshing twist on water.

    Courtney Dinnerville
    Accredited Practising Dietitian

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  • Janelle Collins

    Diabetes Educator, Registered Nurse



    Janelle Collins is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator and Registered Nurse who has over 12 years experience in working with people with Diabetes of all ages.Janelle ... View Profile

    Try water or some plain mineral water with a squeeze of lemon or lime for a bit of extra flavor. Diet cordials and diet or sugar-free soft drinks are generally OK, as long as they are in moderation.

  • Clare Wolski

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    I'm Clare and I'm a passionate Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD). I love empowering people with good nutrition information so they can make the best decisions ... View Profile

    Hi there!

    I definately agree with the above answers and fruit infused waters can be a great way to mix it up. We have some great combinations here at The Healthy Eating Hub website: 

    You could also try infused mineral waters. I have seen several brands offer mineral waters that are infused with natural flavours like lemon, lime, berry and even peach. They are a great alternative to alcohol and soft drinks.

    These are not to be confused with mineral waters which have added flavour and sugar. Check the nutrition labels and ingredients on the packaging if you are unsure. 

    All the best!

    Clare Wolski, The Healthy Eating Hub

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