Juice Drinkers Beware
Published on: Sunday, 06 January 2013 22:00:58.
The problem with beverages is actually not that they're full of carbs (even Coke is no more than 12% sugar) but that people consume relatively large amounts of them. If you drink half a liter of Coke, that's 60 g of carbs. On the other hand, half a bar of ordinary milk chocolate only contains 25 g (1 oz) - that's less than half.
As you can see, beverages are tricky. There aren't a whole lot of choices for tasty low-carb drinks. Coffee and tea aren't a problem as long as you don't add sugar to them. But soft drinks? Fruit juices are out of the question, since they're full of sugar. Even juice with no additives is high in carbs, since fructose basically has the same effect as "normal" sugar. The sports drinks you can find at the gym may not have carbs, but they're full of other things that you don't want. This leaves diet drinks with artificial sweeteners (Coke Zero, etc.) But these should also be avoided in the beginning, since your body will produce insulin in response to a sweet taste, even if it's not really sugar.
For me, homemade lemonade was an inexpensive and tasty alternative. Lemon juice contains very few carbs and I used the sweetener sparingly. I like to make mine with sparkling water. Ordinary water works too, of course, but it's more boring.
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