I was a diet ice tea drinker until I read your article 14 things to avoid on a diabetic diet. In it you stated that tea is ok, its the artificial sweeteners you need to watch. Why? Ive cut way back on my habit and have been developing headaches and dizziness. My doctor says it could be caffeine withdraw. I’ve also cut way back to bread and lunch meats. The doctor says to drink Gatorade for the enzymes and salt. Is this good for a diabetic?
Q: I was a diet ice tea drinker until I read your article 14 things to avoid on a diabetic diet. In it you stated that tea is ok, its the artificial sweeteners you need to watch. Why? Ive cut way back on my habit and have been developing headaches and dizziness. My doctor says it could be caffeine withdraw. I've also cut way back to bread and lunch meats. The doctor says to drink Gatorade for the enzymes and salt. Is this good for a diabetic?
I'm afraid you may have misinterpreted something in the article on 14 foods to avoid on a low-carbohydrate diet. Sugar-free iced tea is fine to drink in moderation because it will not raise blood sugar. However, some people get headaches or develop digestive trouble when they consume certain sugar substitutes. This includes both natural sweeteners like stevia and artificial sweeteners like aspartame. Although stevia, erythritol, and other natural sweeteners are generally considered healthier than artificial sweeteners, any sweeteners can be used in moderation if they don't cause side effects.
As far as your doctor's recommendation to drink Gatorade, this isn't a good way to get electrolytes because it also contains sugar. Although there are sugar-free electrolyte replacement beverages like Powerade Zero, it's better to add small amounts of salt to your food to ensure adequate sodium intake and to consume low-carb foods that are high in potassium and magnesium like avocado, fish, nuts, and Greek yogurt.
Answered By dLife Expert: Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE
Certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian living in Southern California.
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