16 Everyday Foods That Can Increase The Diabetes Risk

By Eloïse Reyns / Nutrition / November 9th, 2019

3. Sugary Drinks

Sugary Drinks, diabetes

Sugary drinks surround us. Wherever we go, drinks are on offer that are laden with calories and sugar. These drinks also have a ‘glycaemic effect’ that can lead to rapid spikes in blood glucose, as well as disturbances to the hormone insulin, which normally regulates blood sugar.

Whether it’s in bars, restaurants, or cafés that you find yourself consuming fruit juices and sugary drinks, you can often expose yourself to ingesting more calories and sugar than you realise or that you should in one day.

If you are active and trying to stay active, reaching for popular sports drinks may seem like a healthy choice, but most sports drinks are only slightly better than soda in terms of sugar and calories. A 32-ounce sports drink contains between 56 and 76 grams of sugar.

The number of people reaching for sugary sports drinks weekly is on the rise. This is due to clever advertising as opposed to real benefits for sport. Most sports drinks still have about two-thirds as much sugar as soda or pop. Avoiding soda, pop, and energy/ sports drinks is a must as these take the top spots on the list of drinks to dodge. These sugary drinks are also linked to weight gain and tooth decay, so let’s just leave it there! Why not try fruit-infused water or tea to reach your hydration levels?


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