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People grappling with diabetes or pre-diabetes must be very careful with sugar and carbohydrates to avoid dangerous spikes in glucose (blood sugar).

Plain old water is one of the best choices for staying hydrated because it has no calories and quickly hydrates the body, according to the American Diabetes Association.

But sometimes plain old water gets…well…boring.

Sugary drinks such as soda, sweet tea, fruit juice and energy drinks are poor choices — especially for diabetics. A 12-ounce regular soda has a whopping 140 calories and 39 grams of carbohydrates. That’s about the same amount of carbohydrates as in 10 teaspoons of sugar.

Diabetics should instead choose unsweetened or lightly sweetened beverages such as:

  • Plain black, green or herbal tea
  • Plain coffee
  • Milk or dairy-free alternatives such as soy milk or almond milk
  • Juice with no added sugar (dilute it with water to reduce carbs further)
  • Water flavored with slices of fruit such as lemons, limes, oranges or watermelon
  • Water flavored with herbs such as mint, rosemary or thyme
  • Other low-calorie drinks such as natural cranberry juice diluted with water

Another great option is NADI rosehip drink, which only has 9 calories per bottle (less than 3 grams of carbohydrates) and provides a complete serving of Vitamin C and other antioxidants and essential nutrients.

NADI is made with just three ingredients: organic rosehips, purified water and a tiny bit of organic stevia.

Diabetics enjoy the natural floral taste of NADI, and especially love that it doesn’t impact their blood glucose levels. It’s a great way to stay hydrated and boost energy.