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Beverages and Miscellaneous Foods

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When developing a healthful diet to help manage your diabetes, keep in mind the following tips about beverages, alcohol and other miscellaneous foods:
 
 
 
Beverages
  • Drink at least 6-8 cups (8 fl.oz. each) of water daily
  • Limit caffeinated beverages to 1-3 servings per day
  • Limit use of sugar-free/diet soda pop to two servings (12 fl. oz.) per day
  • Alcohol may be used occasionally with permission from your health care provider  
Use More Often
  • Choose unsweetened or artificially sweetened soft drinks and carbonated beverages such as:
    • Mineral water
    • Sugar-free/diet soda pop
    • Sugar-free powdered soft drink mixes - iced tea, lemonade, Kool-Aid 
Use Less Often
  • Regular soda pop
  • Beverages listed under "Use less often" on the Milk and Fruits tips pages  
Miscellaneous
  • Use condiments without added sugar freely
  • Limit ketchup and taco sauce to 1 Tbsp. per meal
  • Most condiments may be used as desired, but be aware of hidden sodium