Did you know that people with diabetes should avoid honey? Although honey is sweet and a popular topping, it’s not very healthy for those who have diabetes. Why? Because honey can cause blood sugar spikes. The same goes for agave nectar and maple syrup, even though they are “natural sugars.” Although these sweeteners aren’t highly processed like other sweet treats, they contain at least as many carbs as white sugar; most even have more. When you want to add a little bit of sweetness to something you are consuming, it’s best to avoid all forms of sugar and use natural low-carb sweeteners instead.
Although you may consider this option a healthy beverage, fruit juice affects blood sugar similar to sodas and other sugary drinks. This rule doesn’t just go for liquids containing added sugar but unsweetened 100% fruit juice. Some fruit juice is actually even higher in carbs and sugar than soda pop. Fruit juice has vast amounts of fructose, which drives insulin resistance, heart disease, and obesity. An alternative to something more than just a glass of plain water, but better than juice, is to add a lemon wedge to your water. A lemon wedge has less than one carb and is virtually calorie-free. It also adds a little bit of flavor to a rather bland drink, without the consequences, especially for those who have diabetes.