Having a disease like diabetes requires special diet treatment meaning no intake of foods high in sugar, and only in that way you can balance your blood sugar. Nevertheless, sometimes no matter how hard you try to keep away from foods with sugar there are some foods and drinks that seem healthy, but in fact they are completely the opposite. In this article we shall specify those types of foods.
- Foods that Need Not to be Consumed by Diabetics
- White rice, bread and flour
These are low quality carbohydrates which act in the same way as sugar. They interfere with the glucose levels in the body just like sugar, and for that reason it is advised to change them for whole grains such as barley, oats, and brown rice.
- Dried fruits
Dried fruits may seem like the healthiest option because of the fiber and nutrients content. But, if you have diabetes 2, then you need to be very careful when consuming them as they are already dehydrated which causes for the sugars to be more concentrated. The save alternative would be strawberries or grapefruit.
- Breakfast cakes
You need to know that all baked goods like cakes, donuts, muffins, cinnamon rolls have in their content high amounts of sodium and Trans fats. Therefore, you have to find a healthier option which do not contain sugar or fat or simply make them at home.
It is the most common breakfast for many people as it is the easiest and quickest option, but most cereals have in their content plenty of sugar.
- Bought smoothies
Smoothies are the healthiest options, but the ones made at home as we are sure about the included ingredients and their nutritional values. The bought ones contain a lot of sugar coming in extra large portions.
- Fruit juice
The consumption of fruits is always the best option when diabetics is concerned as they are packed with fiber and healthy carbohydrates, but fruit juices contain concentrated sugar that makes your sugar levels rise.
- Mixed Coffees
They are very delicious but they contain syrup, sugar and whipped cream which are high in sugar and fat. Therefore, always go for coffee without sugar and with little milk.
- Fat-filled dairy products
Whole dairy products have more fat which elevates bad cholesterol- LDL, the risk of heart disease and insulin resistance. If you are a person suffering from diabetes keep away from dairy products such as creams, fat yogurt, cream cheese and ice cream.
- Thick cuts of meat
Just like dairy products fatty meats are also high in saturated fats that elevate the bad cholesterol and cause inflammation within the body. Consequently, this raises the risk of heart disease and insulin resistance. Replace these fatty meats with lean meat, fish, skinless chicken, turkey, and pork loin.
- Fried foods
These foods are not good for anyone especially for diabetics as they are soaked with large amounts of oil and in most cases coated with flour which elevates the number of calories. For that reason you need to be extra cautious with these foods.
- Chinese food
Even though it is the most common dinner meal it is loaded with fats, calories, sodium, and carbohydrates, as a result of which it increases blood sugar levels and keeps it high for a long time.
- Frozen / commercial pizza
We know that it is the quickest prepared dinner particularly in the U.S., but it is not good for the health of the body as it is high in calories and fat.
Many people find them extremely tasty but they are not aware of the number of calories, for instance, a regular order of classic chili nachos offers 830 calories, 59 grams of fat and 39 of carbohydrates, which makes them unhealthy and not suitable for diabetics.
- Hamburger in restaurants
It is delicious and extremely tasty yet packed with saturated fats, accountable for the increase of cholesterol making them bad food choice for persons with diabetes.
The intake of alcohol interferes with blood sugar levels so you should avoid its use or prior consuming it consult your doctor.
- Sugary foods
These types of food contain high amounts of sugar classified in low-quality carbohydrates, with low nutritional value thereby creating high blood sugar jumps.
- Energy bars
These bars are not so bad but for diabetics we cannot say that they are highly recommended as they need to be very cautious about the food they consume. Both carbohydrates and sugars are the two main sources of body energy and they need to choose the one that contains the minimum.
- Bananas and melons
As mentioned before fruits are very beneficial for the body, but some are more sugary than the others and because of that you need to be careful not to increase the sugar levels by the intake of bananas, melons, and peaches as they contain plenty of sugar.
- Processed Meat
Processed meats are loaded with sodium and diets rich in salt are related with significantly increased risk of heart attacks, and stroke in diabetics.
- Flavored water
Flavored water due to the content of flavor contains more sugar than the normal ones even though they are sold as healthy.
We hope that with this article we helped people with diabetes as they are of great need of consuming the right foods which will not worsen their blood sugar levels. Nevertheless, knowing the foods that are not good for you it will help you to control your blood sugar thereby leading to the experience of quality life.