Is coconut water good for people with diabetes?
Coconut water is gaining popularity quickly. This beverage is touted as being great for hydration and also for its high potassium content. However, coconut water does provide some calories and can provide a significant amount of carbohydrates. ZICO, one well-known brand of coconut water, has 60 calories and 13 grams of carbohydrate in their standard 14-ounce bottle.
Research has shown that calories consumed from liquids do not give the same full feeling as calories consumed from solid food. So, we recommend choosing beverages that are carbohydrate and calorie-free as much as possible. Water and other zero-calorie drinks (especially those without caffeine) are also perfectly acceptable choices for hydration. Water, unsweetened teas, coffee, and diet drinks do not add extra calories to the diet and also do not contribute to a rise in blood glucose.
We recommend avoiding sugary drinks like regular soda, fruit punch, fruit drinks, energy drinks, sweet tea, etc. These will raise blood glucose and can provide several hundred calories in just one serving!
Coconut water does not quite fall into the sugary beverage category if it is pure coconut water and does not contain added sugars. However, it is important to note its calorie and carbohdyrate content. It may not be the best drink for every day, but you can choose it sometimes if you prefer it to other beverages. Just be sure that you drink it in moderation and count it in your meal plan.
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