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  The #1 Best Drink to Have Every Day for Diabetes If you have diabetes, you should be drinking plenty of this beverage every day, as it's calorie-free and doesn't affect blood sugar levels.All adults, including people with diabetes, need to stay hydrated. The best way to do so for a person with diabetes is to consume a calorie-free beverage. According to the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans which were developed also for people with chronic diseases, like diabetes, "Beverages that are calorie-free—especially water" is the primary beverage of choice.

Alcohol is not the only beverage that could be endangering your liver. Some drinks could be leading you down the road nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a condition that leaves you in greater danger of a range of unpleasant health outcomes.

In fact, new research suggests that drinking fructose-sweetened beverages could play a key role in increasing your risk of getting fatty liver disease risk in the near future when combined with a high-fat diet.

In a study recently published in the journal Molecular Nutrition&Food Research, researchers from the ​​University of Barcelona looked at what happened when they gave female rats either a normal diet, a high-fat diet, or a high-fat diet supplemented with fructose-sweetened water.

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They found that, while a high-fat diet on its own wouldn't cause short-term fatty liver disease, the addition of the fructose-sweetened drink left rats vulnerable to the condition. Still, it is worth approaching these findings with some degree of caution.

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"The study…doesn't give me enough information to be able to say definitively as a dietitian that high-fructose corn syrup is the cause for fatty liver disease in humans," Katherine Metzelaar, MSN, RDN, CD, founder and CEO of Bravespace Nutrition, tells Eat This, Not That!.

She pointed out that the rats in the study consumed more high-fructose corn syrup than humans typically would in a given day and that the study period was only three months, such that we do not know what the effects would be long-term. Overall, she advises against placing blame on high-fructose corn syrup that you wouldn't place on other kinds of sweeteners.

The #1 Best Drink for Preventing Bone Loss

  The #1 Best Drink for Preventing Bone Loss We consulted medical expert Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, on the number one drink to sip on for preventing bone loss.Human bones are constantly undergoing a regenerative process, by reabsorbing old bone and creating new. As a result, at any given moment our skeletal makeup is a healthy mix of old and new bones—about every 10 years, our entire skeleton is replaced. Bone loss occurs, however, when that mix becomes imbalanced. When more old bone is reabsorbed than new bone is created, our bodies become more at risk for fractures and breaks even when doing seemingly simple tasks.

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"Your body will break sweeteners down into glucose no matter the kind of sweetener you use," says Metzelaar. "Anytime we blame one food for something health-related we need to remember that we're missing a lot."

Still, while drinking a little bit of soda every now and then isn't going to be much of a problem for your health, drinking too many soft drinks on a regular basis could take a toll. Studies have linked these beverages with increased risk of type 2 diabetes, elevated stroke risk, and even with quicker aging.

"Water is always a great beverage alternative," suggests Pat Baird, MA, RDN, FAND, author, speaker and university professor at UConn Stamford and Norwalk Community College. "Berries, pieces of lemon and orange can perk up the flavor of plain water."

If you're looking for something closer to the soft drink experience, there are also a range of flavored sparkling waters you can try for a sugar-free option that's more effervescent than plain water.

For more on minding your liver, be sure to check out these Signs You Have Liver Damage, Say Experts.

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