15 Foods to Avoid if You are Diabetic

3. Fatty Meats

Being a diabetic isn’t only about cutting our sugar intake. We also have to avoid high-fat foods, cholesterol and highly-processed oils. It might surprise you to find out that eating meat is linked to a higher risk for Type 2 diabetes. This finding means that diabetics should avoid meat as much as possible. Additionally, meat that is high in fat is full of saturated fat which triggers dangerous inflammation in the body.

A study that took place nearly 100 years ago noted a striking fact: a group of young and healthy people was divided into a group on a high-fat diet and half on a high-carbohydrate diet. After only two days, the high-fat group ended up with twice the blood sugar. They found that as fat intake goes up, so does blood sugar. But they also found the opposite: that as the amount of fat we eat gets lower, so our insulin works better to allow energy into the cells.

High blood cholesterol levels also increase the risk for heart disease. Seeing as diabetics are already at higher risk for heat disease, it makes sense to avoid fatty meat. Drastically limiting your intake of saturated fats and cholesterol, you can help to keep your risk of having a heart attack or stroke down. If you are at risk of developing diabetes, you are advised to eat less meat.

Healthier protein choices than meat are legumes, pulses, nuts and seeds. So, instead of tucking into hot dogs, burgers, bolgna, spare ribs or bacon, try a vegan burger or a delicious bean dish for a dose of healthy, low-fat protein. If you are adamant about eating meat, choose lean protein such as skinless chicken breasts or turkey or fish