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Can I Still Have Soda?


Is soda ever OK to drink if you have diabetes? Get the facts here.

Serving size: 1 soda can (12 oz or 370 g)

Carbs: 38 g

Calories: 155

Glycemic index: 63-68, medium

Glycemic load: 16-23, medium-high


Sorry to burst your bubble, but soft drinks are essentially sweetened bubbly water. They don’t deliver nutrition, which is why people say soda has “empty calories.” Plus, the calories in pop all come from carbohydrates in the form of sugar. That means when you drink soda, sugar rapidly enters your bloodstream, raising your blood glucose — a problem for everyone, but especially if you have diabetes. That’s why regular soda is typically recommended only to treat a low blood glucose episode.

If you can’t give up soda, it’s best to choose diet.

Quick tip: Swap soda for flavored seltzer water. It comes in every taste from lime to pomegranate and usually doesn’t have any added sugar (check the label!).


Published on August 10, 2016.


— Compiled by Kerri-Ann Jennings, MS, RD

Reviewed by Toby Smithson, MS, RD, LDN, CDE on June 12, 2016.
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