These are the foods you should avoid eating. Some will be obvious, some will be not, but going through this list and keeping these ingredients as foods non grata will help you stay focused on your diabetes management!
Added sugar. It’s self-evident, but let’s distinguish between two sugars. Most of the time you will hear doctors or friends saying “stay away from the sugar” but that’s not necessarily the truth. You want to stay away from added sugars, which are found in soft drinks, juices, yogurts, ketchup, pasta sauces. Try to avoid it because it’s pro-inflammatory and it will spike your blood sugar. Also, learn more about hidden sugars and where to find them.
Processed carbohydrates. Processed grains, such as white rice and potato/corn starches, absorb all of the carbohydrates in your food. They’re not complex, they’re fiberless and they will also spike your blood sugar. Healthy carbs are the way to go.
Fried foods. Or just plain fast food. When you deep fry at such high temperatures with so much oil and fat, you must understand that fat puts you at risk for diabetes, pre-diabetes, and Type 2 diabetes. A crushing combo is sweet things such as doughnuts. Imagine eating something sweet, plus deep-fried, you’re getting triple trouble: added sugar + processed carbs + fat. Onion rings, french fries, fried meat, unfortunately, you should say goodbye to these tasty treats. Fat will muck up your cells and cause issues functioning properly with insulin.
Dairy. It’s more difficult with dairy. If you have diabetes, you can easily consume dairy products as long as you’re doing it in moderation. It’s okay if products are without added sugars and flavors. It could be a low-fat variety of yogurts, skim, fat-free milk, etc. Be aware because lactose can definitely raise up your blood glucose.
Processed meat. It is a group 1 carcinogen, which means you should avoid it at all costs. Also, it’s causing more inflammation in your body, and a lot of times with meat you’re getting endotoxin that affects the boost of inflammation. What do we mean by processed foods? Hotdogs, any meat in the can, lunch meat (full of nitrites, preservatives, poor quality meat).
While it may appear difficult to avoid these unavoidable ingredients, it is entirely possible by reading labels, keeping in mind the harm that added sugars and other condiments can cause, and attempting to substitute healthier alternatives.
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