Diabetes or not, about 90% of your diet should focus on healthy foods like vegetables, beans, whole grains, fruits, poultry, and fish. There is wiggle room even in a healthy diet for treats like candy, whether you have diabetes or not. Because candy treats affect your blood sugar, it’s important to focus on portion control and moderation when you select these foods. So yes, it is okay to eat treats, even when you have diabetes, but you must be mindful when doing so. Consider the carbohydrates and calories in what you are consuming, so you don’t have too much.
During a large, long-term study, experts revealed that people who eat many fried foods might have a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. That is especially true if there is a family history of either condition. You are at the greatest risk when you eat fried foods at a restaurant where the frying oil may not be fresh. Why? Because with each use, the oil becomes more degraded and absorbs more into the food, contributing to high cholesterol, weight gain, and higher blood pressure. These are all risk factors for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Remember, deep-friend foods aren’t just chicken and French fries, either, but could be some of your favorite snacks like donuts.
You may not think about it, even as a person with diabetes, but tomato sauce contains many hidden sugars and salts. It becomes a problem when people use too much of it or put it on everything they are consuming, so if you are going to eat any, make sure it’s in small amounts. When using it in a recipe, keep in mind how much you are putting into it so that you aren’t adding more on top before eating it. However, whole tomatoes are a healthy option for people with diabetes because they contain an antioxidant called lycopene, which prevents cells from damage. Experts recommend eating a whole tomato instead of using it as a sauce or ketchup.
Here is another type of meat to avoid if you have diabetes. Do you like meat cooked over an open flame or with a high-temperature cooking method, such as grilling, barbecuing, roasting, or broiling? This type of meat is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online in Diabetes Care. Of course, this varies from person to person, depending on your weight and body mass index. It also depends on how often you consume chicken and red meats weekly. It’s best to eat small portions of red meat or chicken prepared weekly, especially if you have diabetes or are prone to it.
Because people consider frozen yogurt a treat, it’s best only to consume it in moderation if you have diabetes. Even though it sounds so healthy, especially since it’s yogurt, you would think it’d be a more nutritious snack. It may be similar to ice cream in some respects, but it doesn’t have cream, making it lower in calories and fat than regular ice cream. There are options, such as low-fat and nonfat frozen yogurts, you can choose from. However, they may have equal or slightly lower calorie counts than regular fro-yo and comparable amounts of sugar. So, if you have diabetes, be careful not to overeat frozen yogurt.
Whether you are in college, living on a budget, or just looking for a quick and easy snack or small meal, Maggi seems to be the best choice. Like many kinds of pasta and instant noodles, Maggi has lots of carbohydrates, sugars, high sodium, preservatives, etc. All these together make up a not-so-healthy snack choice. Even if you don’t have diabetes, it’s best to avoid instant noodles. Furthermore, you should especially stay away if you are someone with diabetes or pre-diabetes, as they have a high chance of increasing blood glucose levels rapidly. Keep reading for the top foods people with diabetes should avoid.
Pickles: from the juice to the smell, you either love them or hate them. Even though pickles are originally cucumbers that don’t contain carbohydrates, remember that they soak in a juice, giving them that pickled flavor. Certain pickles, such as dill pickles, are exceptionally high in sodium due to the brine they soak in, which is harmful in large amounts. However, the vinegar in commercially prepared pickle juice may help lower blood sugar levels. Pickles and olives are rich in healthy fats, so it’s not all bad news for people who have diabetes and love pickles.
Did you know that people with diabetes should avoid honey? Although honey is sweet and a popular topping, it’s not very healthy for those who have diabetes. Why? Because honey can cause blood sugar spikes. The same goes for agave nectar and maple syrup, even though they are “natural sugars.” Although these sweeteners aren’t highly processed like other sweet treats, they contain at least as many carbs as white sugar; most even have more. When you want to add a little bit of sweetness to something you are consuming, it’s best to avoid all forms of sugar and use natural low-carb sweeteners instead.
Although you may consider this option a healthy beverage, fruit juice affects blood sugar similar to sodas and other sugary drinks. This rule doesn’t just go for liquids containing added sugar but unsweetened 100% fruit juice. Some fruit juice is actually even higher in carbs and sugar than soda pop. Fruit juice has vast amounts of fructose, which drives insulin resistance, heart disease, and obesity. An alternative to something more than just a glass of plain water, but better than juice, is to add a lemon wedge to your water. A lemon wedge has less than one carb and is virtually calorie-free. It also adds a little bit of flavor to a rather bland drink, without the consequences, especially for those who have diabetes.