An oral glucose tolerance beverage is being prescribed by doctors to pregnant women everywhere when they get tested for gestational diabetes. You may have seen photos of this drink passed around social media being labeled as the most disgusting drink ever, and it is. It isn't just the taste of the drink that is the problem, it is also what is in the drink that has us gasping.

Here is a look inside the glucose drink that they are giving almost all pregnant women:

  • Water
  • Dextrose (D-glucose; source: corn)
  • Citric acid
  • Natural flavoring
  • Food starch modified
  • Glycerol ester of wood rosin
  • Brominated soybean oil
  • FD & C Yellow #6
  • Sodium hexametaphosphate
  • BHA and 10% Sodium Benzoate

These drinks (also known as “Glucola”) are sugar water with hazardous artificial colors and preservatives with a very long shelf life. This is not exactly something you want to drink when you are pregnant but doctors continue to use it as a way to test for gestational diabetes. While it’s certainly important to monitor your blood glucose during pregnancy, there are alternatives to drinking this toxic sugar water.

There are other options out there! While some doctors might not openly give you the choice of using another substance to get the same results, it is always important to ask. The purpose of the drink is to ingest 50 to 100 grams of glucose, after which your doctor can test how your body handles influx of sugar.

Here are a few other options that you could suggest instead of taking the Glucola

jelly beans- Eating 28 jelly beans had the same effect on blood sugar in a 50 gram glucose test. Of course, you’d want to choose a non-gmo variety, free of artificial colors.
alternative foods- This woman was given the alternative of eating real food, such as bananas.
glucometer- You can monitor your blood sugar with a glucometer throughout your pregnancy. This is the best alternative because you won’t create an extreme blood sugar spike, and can stick to your regular healthy diet.

We want you to know that you have options when it comes to you and your pregnancy! If you are concerned about flame retardant, artificial dyes made from petroleum, controversial preservatives and GMOs then we want you to know that there are other healthier alternatives out there for you and your baby.