Foods to avoid for diabetics

Living with diabetes means that you have to monitor your blood sugar levels on a daily basis while ensuring that you maintain a healthy diet. On top of this, people with diabetes have to watch their weight, because even 10 pounds can mean the difference between, a higher level of triglycerides and cholesterol.

By utilizing healthy foods and eliminating foods that cause a spike in your blood sugar, you can manage your weight and avoid the possibility that you’ll become overweight and essentially encounter more complications in addition to diabetes.

The recommend avoiding these foods:

1) Sugary Foods

One of the things that you need to avoid are low quality carbohydrates. Sugary foods such as: soda, desserts and sweets, primarily consists of sugar and are considered as low quality carbohydrates, which can cause a spike in your blood sugar levels and essentially lead to weight problems.

2) Fruit Juice

Even though fruit juices are healthier than other sugary drinks, due to the abundance of nutrients that you can receive from them, they also contain concentrated amounts of sugar.

3) Dairy Products

It’s been a well known fact that saturated fats in dairy products can raise your LDL or “bad” cholesterol levels. What few people know though, is that full fat dairy products can worsen insulin resistance and as such, products that are primarily made of cream, yogurt, cream cheeses and whole milk, should be avoided.

4) Fatty Meat Cuts

The problem with saturated fat doesn’t just lie in dairy products, they lie in the fatty cuts of meat as well.

5) Dried Fruits

One of the things that doctors recommend to individuals with diabetes is that they should maintain a high fiber diet. Dried fruits and nuts contain an abundance of fiber, but ultimately contains natural sugars that gets super concentrated during the dehydration process. As such, it’s highly recommended that you utilize fresh fruits instead of dried fruits.

6) Fried Foods

Besides avoiding low quality carbohydrate foods, foods that contain an abundance of sugar and dairy products, you have to watch foods that contain an abundance of trans fat as well. Foods such as french fries, potato chips, fried chicken and fried dough typically soak up the oil that they are cooked in. This not only equates to an abundance of extra calories, but unhealthy trans fat as well.

7) White Staple Foods

Low quality carbohydrates are a lot like sugar in its raw form. As soon as it gets digested by the body, it causes a surge in your glucose levels. Some of the major offenders of low quality carbohydrates that should be avoided are white staple foods such: as white rice, flour, pasta and bread.