A balanced diet is important for everyone, but carefully planned food choices are even more crucial for those who have diabetes. Diabetes is a disorder that’s marked by elevated glucose levels in the blood. No matter what type of diabetes you have, it’s crucial to keep your blood glucose levels within a healthy range. Some foods are better for this than others.
Listed below are five foods that you should steer clear of if you have diabetes.
As tempting as it can be to indulge in the entire side of fries that comes with your entrée when out to eat, it’s best to ask for the side salad or fruit instead. French fries are soaked with hydrogenated oils, which raise your cholesterol and increase your risk of heart disease. To satisfy your potato craving, try boiling or roasting sweet potatoes. They are high in fiber and won’t spike your blood sugar as much as white potatoes.
White rice, white bread, pasta, and other processed grains have been shown to increase blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. The processed grains tend to be high in sugars and low in dietary fiber. Instead, trade out the refined carbs for whole grains, which contain more fiber and help prevent blood sugar spikes after meals. Can’t think of any other options than brown rice? Try adding these whole grains to your diet for a wide variety.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so diabetics should be sure to avoid certain types of cereal for their morning indulgence. That box of Lucky Charms that you have cherished since childhood is actually jam-packed with tons of sugar. Many breakfast cereals can be high in carbs and added sugars, but low in protein and fiber. If you can’t give up your love of cereal, then stick with ones that include whole grains. These include: rolled oatmeal, steel-cut oatmeal, and rolled bran.
This one may surprise you since fruit is typically seen as healthy and full of nutrients. But, fruit contains many carbohydrates that make blood sugar rise, and dried fruit can be especially risky. It contains very concentrated amounts of carbs and sugar, so portion sizes can be very misleading. To put it into perspective, one cup of raisins contains 115 grams of carbs, while one cup of seedless grapes contains only 27 grams of carbs.
Honey and maple syrup
It may seem obvious that processed, white sugar should be avoided for diabetics, but it’s also important to realize that natural sweeteners can be just as risky. According to Diabetes Quebec, one tablespoon (15 ml) of maple syrup contains about 15 g of carbohydrates. This is as many carbohydrates and calories as an equivalent amount of white sugar. Natural sweeteners contain a very concentrated amount of carbohydrates and should be used with caution.
This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to treat or diagnose any condition. If you have a medical concern, please speak with your doctor.
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