A CASE AGAINST SUGARY COFFEE DRINKS or CURSES TO THE 2 TAILED LADY
By now you probably have a clue about my aversion towards one specific coffee drink selling establishment. ehhhm!
The 2 tailed lady hint hint…
As I continue on my quest to debunk myths I stumbled upon this tasty morsel that I think everyone should know (if you don’t already know it)
MYTH: Eating too much sugar causes diabetes. Diet does not cause diabetes, although there is recent evidence that drinking a lot of sugared drinks can increase your risk of developing diabetes if you are already at risk. And while sugar per se does not cause diabetes, it does contribute to obesity, which is a major cause of diabetes. Obese people tend to eat a lot of sweets. But they also eat a lot of junk food and other high-calorie foods.
Sugar is bad for diabetics because it elevates blood sugar, and in diabetics there is insufficient or ineffective insulin, so the sugar is not able to be transported out thus remains in the bloodstream.
However there are also other foods that break down quickly into glucose in the blood, such as plain pasta, white bread, noodles, and white rice that need to be consumed with caution and in moderation.
Please note that although eating sugar does not cause diabetes it can if over-indulged in can cause obesity which is one of the major risk factors for developing diabetes along with heredity, ethnicity and age.
I struggle with the urge to stop for a “coffee” at one of the 100’s of establishments that our have overpopulated our city. I had one yesterday with my daughter at our favorite place, but found it to be sickening sweet and suffered the rest of the day because of it. It made me think what else I could have ordered as I love stopping there with her. I came to the conclusion to just order hot water, I would be willing to pay for it just to have a chance to sit down with someone I love and chat for a bit. That I think is the draw for many of the addicted coffee drinkers, the socialization. Which is a pity in a sense. Please note the following:
The American Diabetes Association recommends that people should avoid intake of sugar-sweetened beverages to help prevent diabetes. Sugar-sweetened beverages include beverages like:
- regular soda
- fruit punch
- fruit drinks
- energy drinks
- sports drinks
- sweet tea
- other sugary drinks. ehhhem…coffee drinks.
These will raise blood glucose and can provide several hundred calories in just one serving!
See for yourself:
- Just one 12-ounce can of regular soda has about 150 calories and 40 grams of carbohydrate. This is the same amount of carbohydrate in 10 teaspoons of sugar!
- One cup of fruit punch and other sugary fruit drinks have about 100 calories (or more) and 30 grams of carbohydrate.