There is a lot of debate lately about whether coffee tends to increase or decrease the blood glucose levels of diabetics. There is evidence to support both sides of the argument and at this time and there is just no clear cut answer, and it doesn’t affect every person in the same way
Some studies suggest that only black coffee reduces your risk for developing diabetes, and that coffee taken with creamer does not have the same beneficial effects, but that hypothesis is up for debate too.
I happen to prefer my coffee with cream mainly because it blunts the high acidity level of the coffee and makes it taste better. With cream, the taste is softened and much of the bitterness seems to be removed from my taste buds.
But if you’re diabetic or struggle with controlling your blood sugar levels, it is a good idea to stick with all-natural coffee creamers such as cows milk or cream. The natural creamers tend not to spite my blood sugar like some of the artificial brands can.
Soy milk is good choice, and that is what I use, but you do need to be careful to choose the sugar-free brand of soy milk because the regular brands tend to have up to 7 or 8% sugar which is obviously a no-no for diabetics.
The artificial creamers may have an advantage in the convenience department and the fact that they have a shelf life of close to eternity, but there are too many health drawbacks to those products to make them worthwhile.
Have you ever looked at the ingredients label of an artificial coffee creamer? The are so many chemicals used to create those products that it would take a chemist to understand what kind of effect they had on our body.
Many of them contain artificial sweeteners with chemical compounds that mimic the effect of sugar on our taste buds. This may give the product an artificially sweetened taste, but their effects on our long-term health are largely unknown.
In addition, I have found that using those kinds of coffee creamers tends to elevate my blood sugar levels. It may not have the same effect on everyone, but I can certainly testify to my own experience.
Do yourself a favor and stick with all-natural coffee creamers like milk, fresh cream, and soy milk. If you’ve never tried soy milk, it probably sounds gross to you but only because you’ve never been exposed to it.
Trust me when I tell you that soy milk tastes great in your coffee, and it is also certainly very healthy for you. It doesn’t contain any of the hormones present in cows milk or cream, and it’s also good for the environment as well and that it’s derived solely from plant sources.
Broaden your horizons a little and give it a try, I think you’ll thank me later.