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Everybody speaks about what foods to eat and what to avoid when it comes to diabetes but what you drink also plays a major role in altering your blood sugar levels. A zero calorie food or a low calorie drink like unsweetened tea, water, coffee and other low calorie drink mixes or drinks may be a wise choice. You can also add a few drops of lemon in water or boil cumin in water for a few minutes to give a different flavour to water. Limit your consumption of fruit drinks, regular soda, energy drinks and sweetened tea. These would raise your blood glucose level with just one serving. For instance, one cup of a sugary fruit drink provides 100 or more calories with 30grams of carbohydrates. Occasional consumption of diet drinks which have zero carbohydrates can be an option. 100% fruit juice or low fat milk makes a healthier choice. They not only provide calories and carbohydrates, but also provide vitamins and minerals essential for the body. 1 cup of skimmed or 1% fat milk provides about 80 calories and 12g of carbohydrates. If you opt to have 100%fruit juice with no added sugar then 1 cup would provide you with 50+ calories with 15g of carbohydrates. A low sodium vegetable juice can also make a healthy option which would provide approximately about 50 calories and about 10g of carbohydrate per cup. The key is to drink these wisely. Having them in small quantities may be safer than drinking large volumes of them. Also, to reduce the rise in blood sugar caused by these drinks, one can combine them with low Glycemic Index foods like salads. Such combinations help reduce the rapid rise in blood sugar. Make sure you count your carbohydrate consumption through drinks in your diet, so that you can manage diabetes more effectively.