10 Dangerous Foods for Diabetes

Jul 08, 2011
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Approximately 20 million people have diabetes and over 40 million are on the way of getting type 2 diabetes (pre-diabetes). Type 2 diabetes is the most common form and is diagnosed during adulthood; while type 1 is diagnosed in early childhood. People with diabetes have high blood sugar. It is because their pancreas does not make or not enough insulin; and the muscle, fat, and liver cells does respond to insulin properly.

Diet is a key component in helping to manage diabetes. Since the goal is to maintain a good blood sugar level, it is important not to consume too many foods that are high in sugar. If you have type 2 diabetes, stay away from foods that can spike your blood sugar levels or increase your risk of diabetes complications.

Below are 10 foods that people with diabetes should stay away from:

Candy – high-sugar foods like candy, cookies, syrup, and soda lack nutritional value, but these low-quality carbohydrates also cause a dramatic spike in blood sugar levels and can contribute to weight gain, both of which can worsen diabetes complications.

Fruit Juice – whole fruits are a healthy, fiber-rich carbohydrate option for diabetics, but not fruit juice. Even 100 percent fruit juices — are chock full of fruit sugar, and therefore cause a sharp spike in blood sugar.

Raisins – or other dried fruits may be a better option than snacking on cookies, but it’ll still spike your blood sugar. Why? During the dehydration process, fruits’ natural sugars become very concentrated, causing an unhealthy elevation in blood sugar when they are rapidly absorbed by the body.

Pancakes and Syrup – most pancakes are jumbo-sized and made with junky white flour (similar to white bread). Butter is loaded with artery-clogging saturated fat, and a typical half-cup pour of gooey pancake syrup adds 16 teaspoons of straight sugar to your breakfast!

French fries, potato chips, and doughnuts are particularly bad choices for diabetics because they’re made with carb-heavy, starchy ingredients, which can cause blood glucose levels to shoot up.

White Bread (Refined starches) white rice, white pasta, and anything made with white flour. Therefore, just like sugar, refined starches interfere with glucose control and should be avoided by those with diabetes.

Whole Milk – saturated fats in dairy products have racked up a laundry list of negative side effects including raising “bad” (LDL) cholesterol. Diet high in saturated fat can cause another serious problem: Studies have shown that saturated fats can worsen insulin resistance.

Bacon – since those with diabetes are already at an increased risk of heart disease, eating high-fat meats puts them at an even greater risk of heart disease than the average person.

Snack Cakes and Pastries – packaged snacks and baked goods are loaded with sugar, sodium, junky white flour and preservatives. Their dangerous combo of sugar and refined flour spikes blood sugar and promotes inflammation, which interferes with insulin’s ability to function properly.

Pretzels are baked, not fried like potato chips, which saves you a few calories, but the white, refined carbs do a number on your blood sugar and do little to satisfy your appetite.

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Author: Jenny Carlton

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  • Fran

    My mom’s blood sugar dropped to 40 last night at bed time. She is okay now. She had only eaten soup after taking insulin.

  • Carter

    Thanks for the article. now can you tell us what sweets for diabetics can have?

  • http://www.jeetchowhan.com/ Jeet Chowhan

    Not only do
    high-sugar foods like candy,
    cookies, syrup, and soda lack nutritional value, but these low-quality
    carbohydrates also cause a dramatic spike in blood sugar levels and can
    contribute to weight gain, both of which can worsen diabetes complications.
    Learn to satisfy your sweet tooth by snacking on high-quality carbohydrates
    such as fresh fruit. Apples, berries, pears, grapes, and oranges all have
    sweet, juicy flavors and are packed with fiber to help slow the absorption of
    glucose, making them a much better choice for blood sugar control.

  • Bob Lujano

    The sad thing about these items is that they are so easily affordable and accessible. On the other hand, it costs so much to eat healthy.

  • jayne190

    Guess I can never eat normally again. I like my regular pancakes and my bacon and my regular syrup. Honestly you can eat this stuff every now and then, you just have to account for it. And honestly I will never log my food as its just a waste of my time.

  • bobl07

    Thank you for your comments.

  • Marilyn

    Is sugar-free tapioca pudding safe to eat? Will it raise BS levels?

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