How do you design your hypoglycemia diet for optimal sugar control?
There are several rules you have to keep in mind. I have divided them into five and this blog post will deal with the first and the most important one: How to handle sweet drinks?
Sweet drinks are NOT part of hypoglycemia diet
Sweet drinks present the biggest challenge for people affected by hypoglycemia symptoms. Sweet drinks are designed to quench thirst and made to taste good, so many of us got into a habit of reaching for a pop or juice on a regular basis.
Download the chart below. It contains dietary hypoglycemia tips. Post this cheat sheet on your fridge for an easy reference.
Sugar easily dissolves in liquids making it invisible. This apparent disappearance makes sugary liquids very deceiving. Although you would not choose to eat 11 cubes of sugar in one sitting, because it obviously looks unhealthy, you seldom think twice when reaching for pop, juice or ice tea which contains exactly this much sugar in it.
Due to this disappearing effect many people still believe that a can of pop or a fruit juice contains standard 1-3 teaspoons of sugar inside. The reasoning is very simple: this is the amount of sugar you would put in your normal cup of tea or coffee. But this is not the case. See the data below.
Hypoglycemia sufferers beware
So how much sugar is where?
- Coca cola: 1 can 12 oz – 39g (11 sugar cubes)
- Mountain dew: 1 bottle 20oz of– 77g (22 cubes)
- Red Bull: 1 can 8.3oz – 27g (8 cubes)
- Vitamin water: 1 bottle 20oz – 33g (9 cubes)
- Ice tea (Arizona Lemon): 1 can 24oz – 72g (20 cubes)
- Orange juice (Minute Maid): 1 bottle 16oz – 48g (14 cubes)
- Chocolate milk (Nesquick): 1 bottle 16oz – 58g (16 cubes) ref
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You know the old saying “What goes up must come down?” This is not any different with blood sugar. Sugar spike is typically followed by a sugar dip causing low blood sugar symptoms. If you are prone to hypoglycemia symptoms remember rule #1 of hypoglycemia diet: stay away from liquefied sugar.