It's Powerade Zero good for diabetes
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Hi, I'm Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com, researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I will answer the question, PowerAde Zero is good for diabetes. But before you start with that, be sure to download my free book for diabetes control, which also includes the grocery shopping guide for diabetes (food to eat and avoid) by clicking on the following link.
Nothing hits the place on those hot summer days like a cold drink. We have been conditioned to think that if he is out and playing some kind of sport, we need one of those sports drinks to replenish our body with nutrients and lost electrolytes. Is this true? And what about those of us who have diabetes? Are those "diet" sports drinks good for us?
Let's start with a brief history of sports drinks. According to its website, Gatorade was the first sports drink developed in 1965 when an assistant football coach at the University of Florida asked Dr. Robert Cade if he could find out why his players were withering. The result was a mixture of sugar, salt and lemon juice that became known as Gatorade.
Sports drinks have 3 main objectives.
1. Prevent dehydration.
2. Replace electrolytes lost in sweat.
3. Provide carbohydrates for use during exercise
PowerAde Zero obviously can not provide carbohydrates for use during exercise, as it has no calories or sugars. Instead it uses Sucralose (Splenda) and Acesulfame K as artificial sweeteners.
Acesulfame potassium contains methylene chloride. If swallowed in the long term, it is believed that this sweetener leads to headaches, mental confusion, nausea, depression and adverse effects on the liver and kidneys. Those same ailments are listed as possible with the long-term use of sucralose.
PowerAde Zero passes the first 2 objectives as it prevents hydration and replaces electrolytes. So the main question is what are those artificial sweeteners?
There will never be a complete agreement on the safety of artificial sweeteners.
There are six artificial sweeteners that have been tested and approved by the FDA: acesulfame potassium, aspartame saccharin sucralose, neotame advantame.
Some will say that this is a list of silent killers, others will say that they are miracles that allow people with diabetes to enjoy sweets.
So, is Powerade Zero good for people with diabetes? As with other diet drinks, in moderation Powerade is an acceptable thirst quencher and a source of electrolytes. On a hot day after a workout, Powerade Zero would be a good choice. I would recommend that you check your blood sugar level after drinking Powerade and make sure you notice any changes you may feel after drinking it. If you feel a change in something, consult your health care provider.
I hope that this answer your question is PowerAde Zero good or bad for diabetes. Do not forget to obtain your diabetes control book by clicking here:
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