How does decaffeinated coffee affect my glucose reading?
Decaffeinated coffee is a good beverage choice. It is a very low-calorie drink with only about 5 calories per cup. It also has no carbohydrates, so it should not have a significant effect on your blood glucose level. It is also good that you are choosing decaffeinated drinks while pregnant. Decaffeinated tea is also a good drink choice.
However, when you add other ingredients to your coffee like cream, milk, or sugar you are adding carbohydrates to your drink. This will have an effect on blood glucose, so don’t load up on extras when preparing your coffee.
Instead of adding cream, choose to add a small amount of reduced-fat milk. Though milk is a better choice with less fat than cream, you should take care not to add too much since it is also a source of carbohydrate. For reference, ¼ cup of 2% reduced-fat milk will add about 3 grams of carbohydrate and 30 calories to your drink.
One teaspoon of sugar in your coffee will add about 5 grams of carbohydrate to your drink. Talk to your doctor about using artificial sweeteners while pregnant. These may be an alternative to real sugar with less calories and carbohydrates.
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