Diet Sodas and Blood Glucose Level

The dangers of soda, including diet soda, comes as no surprise to us. We have been warned about the high levels of sugar and the other ingredients in these drinks. We were told before that diet soda can lead to type 2 diabetes. There is a current research which proves this to be correct and so I would like to spend a little time to give you the results.

The Sentence was Handed Down-Avoid Sodas Soda

The study is claiming that diet sodas and blood glucose level are connected in some way. According to this study (Papple, 2016), diet sodas are responsible for type 2 diabetes in some people. It was therefore suggested that we avoid both soda and diet soda.

Before going any further, let me admit that I am a human being, who was not born eating only the right things. Even now, I have my “cheat moments,” but rarely a “cheat day.” I loved sodas at one point in my life. But, there came a time, the more educated I became and started reading about “foods” and their effects on the body, then I made some changes.

My Doctor-My Former Best Friend

Doctors and Nurses

Sounds perfect. Right? That was not the truth in its entirety. Yes, I started to pack on the weight and my doctor saw me more than my friends. That is the main reason for the change. The information I gathered through education, acted as a foundation on which to build. I need you to be extremely comfortable and honest when you are reading and reflecting on this post.

Becoming personal and divulging information is my way of inviting you to be extremely comfortable and honest when you are reading and reflecting on this post. If you “die” for a soda, then you need to continue reading because God forbid, you could really die if you refuse to change your lifestyle. Or, like me in the past, your medical team could become your best friend.

The Call for Change and the Alternative

Time for change clock

The study urged parents to stop giving all sodas, including diet sodas to their children because of the link between diet sodas and diabetes. Allow me to encourage you to make that move.

 

Alternatives are available. There are easy options that you can make at home and bottle. Have the children help. It is a fun way to spend quality time with your family. I make my own drink and freeze and take on the road. It can be as simple as this:

Ingredients and Method:

  1. The juice from one lime
  2. Grate a tiny bit of ginger
  3. Cut a medium sized mango in wedges, and peel and place the flesh of the mango in a container
  4. Cut an apple and remove the core, then dice the apple and add to the mango in the container
  5. Wash a medium carrot, dice and add to mixture in the container
  6. Place half of the mango/apple/carrot mixture to the blender with a half  of the ginger and a half of the lime
  7. Add enough water to fill the blender
  8. Blend until the ingredients are mostly liquefied, then strain to remove the carrot bits
  9. Add a little honey, if you so desire ( I drink mine without the honey, but I add less water, so the mango and the carrot act as my natural sweetener)
  10. REPEAT the process with the second half of the ingredients.
  11. Bottle and freeze overnight for the road

Juicing with fruits

How easy, healthy and cheap was that drink?  You know every ingredient in it, the children just helped you to make it and so you spent some time as a team safeguarding each other’s health. The best part of this is that you can combine a variety of fruits and vegetables to make your own drink for the road or to have at home. I promise to share some of my favorite homemade drinks with you at a later date.

Conclusion

I deem it fitting to end with a quote from the article, because it sums it up nicely, (Papple, 2016),

“Soda, whether regular or diet, is a dietary waste. Sodas have little nutrients and have a long list of side effects. For people with diabetes, diet soda has been associated with weight gain and symptoms of metabolic syndrome. Some sweeteners in diet soda even cause sugar and insulin spikes in the blood.”

I did you the favor of making a list of some of the items you could purchase from Amazon:

Reference

  1. Papple, Dawn. “Diet Sodas, Like Sugary Drinks, Significantly Increase Type 2 Diabetes Risks.” The Inquisitr News.      N.p., 10 July 2016. Web. 10 July 2016.

16 Comments


  1. // Reply

    Hi Josephine!

    It is really sad how many children these days are developing type 2 diabetes partly because of all the sugary soda’s they drink. This drink looks like a great alternative.

    I am still at the point where I can’t do the “sweeter” fruits like mango’s and apples. But I do use lemons, limes, and berries to add a bit of sweetness to my water without making my sugar jump up.


    1. // Reply

      Thank you, Wendy. We have to change the culture and we need to do it now. Our children are ill and it will get worst if we let it remain the same. It’s nice that you know what is working for you and I encourage you to continue on your path to a healthier you. Cheers


  2. // Reply

    I drink lots of DIET/ZERO sugar soda drink (or fizzy as we call it in NZ/Australia). I thought they were fine!! Looks like i have to cut them out too >>insert sad face.. Thankyou for an alternative recipe to try!!


    1. // Reply

      The truth shall set you free Jewell. I am glad I was able to provide you with a life changing information. I will share more recipes. All the best.


  3. // Reply

    Such a great idea to involve the whole family to make healthy drinks together. I think that’s a wonderful way to connect with each other and cooperate in all family members health

    Your homemade drink also looks delcious.
    Thanks for providing me with a healthy drink.

    Tove


    1. // Reply

      Tove, you are welcome and thanks for your kind words. Let us continue to share and be healthier in the end. Cheers.


  4. // Reply

    I have cut down on soda after I read about the health issues. I think the most important thing when cutting out soda is try and add more vegetable juices because drinking too much fruit juice can be bad as well because of the high sugar level.


    1. // Reply

      Keldyn, I am happy you are having fewer sodas, and I will be happier when you stop drinking sodas. Vegetable juices are good, but I also have fruit juices, no sugar and some water to dilute and make thinner. I make these at home and they are great and my readings are super. I sometimes mix vegetables and juices. All the best and remember, no sodas.


  5. // Reply

    I am a type 2 diabetic and am still addicted to diet soda. I had always thought because it was sugar free it would not spike my blood sugar levels. I know now that is incorrect.

    I know I cannot quit sodas “cold turkey” but thanks to your article, I am going to wean myself off of them. Thanks for the recipe idea. I am also going to look for other healthy alternatives as well.


    1. // Reply

      SueEllen, I am happy you made the decision to try healthier alternatives. Please stay tuned as I will be sharing more recipes, including soda alternatives. All the best and give me a shout when you need support. Cheers.


  6. // Reply

    I love how you always make your own food/drinks. There are really no excuses with you! I never personally liked soda or any carbonated drink. There was a time I did, but even then I didn’t drink a lot of it. It tastes good but I never liked how it fills you up, then you can’t eat actual food anymore. I prefer to drink juice instead (often the artifitial sweetener, bad for you kind).


    1. // Reply

      Matt, thanks for taking the time and I trust that you are off the artificial sweeteners by now. It is easy to do your own drink at home and you will enjoy doing it and feel better in the long run. All the best.


  7. // Reply

    I do like these alternatives to soda. Our family pretty much drinks water and so soft drinks are considered “treats”. Thanks for the info!


    1. // Reply

      Donna, you are on the right path as it relates to water and avoiding sodas as a family. Congrats and continued success.


  8. // Reply

    Thanks for the article regarding sodas; it was very enlightening. I will definitively take your suggestion and prepare my drink at home. Thanks for your recipe re “drink for the road”.


    1. // Reply

      FNRoach, I appreciate the time you took to read and comment. I am happy you found my article enlightening and you will try the recipe. Please let me have some feedback once you have tried the “drink for the road.”

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