Coffee and other morning drinks

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What is the ideal breakfast?

 

Eat only whole fruit

 

Coffee and other morning drinks

 

Choose your sweetener

If you're like most people, you probably have a morning drink to help wake you up and get you going for the day.

 

But did you know that what you're drinking could be affecting your blood sugar levels?

 

That's right; some morning drinks can cause your blood sugar to spike, which can be dangerous if you're diabetic or prediabetic. So if you're concerned about your blood sugar levels, be sure to choose your morning drink wisely!

Let's learn everything about it.

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FRUIT JUICE

One of the most popular morning drinks is orange juice, but it's also one of the worst for your blood sugar.

Drinking fruit juice for breakfast is bad for our glucose levels for a few reasons:

  • First, fruit juice is generally high in sugar, which can cause our blood sugar to spike.

  • Second, fruit juice doesn't have the same fiber content as whole fruits. This means that the sugar in fruit juice is absorbed more quickly, which can again cause our blood sugar to spike.

  • Finally, many fruit juices are highly processed and may contain added sugars that can spike our glucose even more than natural juice.

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COFFEE AND TEA

On the other hand, drinks like unsweetened coffee, cappuccino, and tea are good for our blood sugar because they have no sugar. Also, they're usually made with protein or fat-rich milk, and the milk's nutrients help keep our glucose levels steady.

 

On a side note, these drinks often contain caffeine, so it is important to drink them in moderation when consuming caffeine, as too much can lead to health problems like anxiety, insomnia, and heart palpitations.

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Coffee is another popular morning drink, but if you're adding sugar to your coffee, you're also adding unnecessary calories and sugar to your diet.

 

instead, try adding a bit of milk or cream to your coffee for a creamy, delicious, and sugar-free cup of coffee.

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FRAPPUCINO, LATTES AND OTHER FANCY DRINKS

Matcha latte, pumpkin spice latte, and frappuccino are all popular coffee drinks that can be high in sugar and calories. While these drinks may be delicious, they can cause blood sugar spikes. This is because they generally contain high amounts of sugar, which can cause our blood sugar to spike.

 

Additionally, these drinks often contain added flavoring, like artificial sweeteners, which can also cause blood sugar spikes. If you are looking for a coffee drink that is good for blood sugar, it is best to choose one that is unsweetened or made with an approved sweetener, like stevia.

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MILK 

When it comes to milk, there are a few different types that are good for our blood sugar.

 

Whole milk, for example, contains complex carbohydrates that are slowly absorbed into the bloodstream. This means that it won't cause our blood sugar to spike. Additionally, whole milk is a good source of protein, which can help to regulate blood sugar levels.

 

Instead, skim milk is not the best choice as it contains less fat and protein, which can cause blood sugar spikes.

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If you're going to have a coffee in the morning, it's better to choose the whole milk because it has more fat and protein, so it will keep your glucose steadier and keep you full for longer. 

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Lactose is found in milk; when we digest it, it turns into glucose.

In lactose-free milk, the lactose is already in glucose form. It’s "pre-digested". This means that the glucose could get into the bloodstream faster in lactose-free milk. But I haven’t found any studies that show a significant spike difference across everyone.

If you are concerned about a potential (but not proven) lactose-free milk spike: don’t have it on an empty stomach, or have a handful of nuts with it. 

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PLANT-BASED MILK

Soy and almond milk are great alternatives for people who are looking for a vegan-friendly option that is still good for blood sugar. Soy milk is a good source of protein, which can help to regulate blood sugar levels; almond milk is a good source of healthy fats, which can also help to regulate blood sugar.

 

However, it is important to choose plant-based milk that is unsweetened, as some brands contain added sugars that can cause blood sugar spikes.

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Coconut milk is another good option; it is low in carbohydrates, which means that it won't cause blood sugar spikes, and it is a good source of healthy fats, which can help keep your glucose steadier.

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NOTE: It would be cool put a coconut milk graph here

Unfortunately, not all plant-based types of milk are suitable for our blood sugar. For example, grain-based milk, like oat and rice milk, are awful options because they are high in carbohydrates and cause big glucose spikes.

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CAN I HAVE SWEETENERS IN MORNING DRINKS?

When it comes to sweeteners, it is best to avoid them if possible. This is because many sweeteners, like cane sugar, corn syrup, and artificial sweeteners, can cause blood sugar spikes.

 

However, there are some glucose-approved sweeteners, like allulose and stevia, that do not affect our glucose, like stevia and erythritol, for example. 

Even if labeled as natural and healthy, sweeteners like honey and agave syrup, for example, are very bad for our blood sugars because they are high in glucose and fructose, which is bad for our health.

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CONCLUSION

To sum up, the best drinks for our blood sugar are those that are low in sugar and high in healthy fats and proteins.

Coffee, tea, and unsweetened almond or soy milk are all good choices. Meanwhile, fruit juices, oat, rice milk, and sweeteners should be avoided for breakfast.

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