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Foods to avoid when you have diabetes

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If you're suffering from diabetes, there are some foods that you should always avoid. When you know about these foods, it'll be easier for you to make some modifications to your existing diet so that you can avoid eating such foods which are not good for you.

Sugar-sweetened beverages

Sugary beverages are the worst drink for you if you have diabetes. They are very high in carbs and so they are not good for you. They are also full of fructose, which is linked to insulin resistance and diabetes. Different researchers have found that drinking sugars-sweetened beverages can increase the risk of diabetes-related conditions like fatty liver.

The high fructose present in such sugary drinks may result in metabolic changes which can promote belly fat and cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Beverages, you can always consume water, club soda and unsweetened ice teas.

Trans fats


Industrial trans fats are extremely unhealthy for you and you should avoid it if you have diabetes. Such trans fats are created by adding hydrogen to unsaturated fatty acids. Such fats are easily available in margarines, peanut butter, spreads, creamers and frozen dinners. They are also present in crackers, muffins and other baked goods to increase the shelf life.

These trans fats can increase inflammation, insulin resistance and belly fat. They can also lower good HDL cholesterol levels. They can impair arterial function.

If you have diabetes, such changes can increase the risk of heart disease in your case. You should always avoid any product that contains the words partially hydrogenated in its ingredient list.

White bread, pasta and rice

These are the three things that you should avoid if you have diabetes. White bread, rice and pasta are not good for you because there high carb, processed foods. When you eat bread, bagel and other refined flour foods, they can increase blood sugar levels in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients. Even gluten free pastas can also raise blood sugar. High carb bagel not only will raise your gut sugar but it will also decrease brain function in case of people who are suffering from type 2 diabetes.

Sweetened breakfast cereals

Eating cereal should not be the first thing to start your day with, especially if you have diabetes. Most of these serials are highly processed and they contain more carbohydrates even though they advertise some other facts on their boxes. They also do not contain much protein which is necessary for you to maintain your blood sugar levels stable throughout the day. Even though they claim these products as healthy breakfast cereals, they are not at all healthy for you. It especially very bad for you if you have diabetes. A half cup serving (55 g) of granola cereal can contain 30 g of the adjustable carbs. This is a high level of carbohydrate and it especially bad for you if you have diabetes. If you want to keep your blood sugar under control, you will need to skip such cereals and in states choose a protein-based low carb breakfast.

Honey, agave nectar and Maple syrup

People with diabetes take Honey, agave nectar and Maple syrup instead of white sugar. Even though they are not highly processed, they contain at least as many carbs as white sugar and they may contain even more. Instead of them, you need to use natural low carb sweeteners.

References 1. Diabetes Freedom
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