Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can be debilitating diseases that negatively affect a person’s quality of life. Diabetes is caused by high blood sugar levels in the blood when the pancreas isn’t able to do its job properly or when certain cells don’t use the insulin that the pancreas supplies.
Today’s video will reveal 9 foods that people who suffer from diabetes should remove from their diets. With exercise and sensible food choices, a person who has been diagnosed with diabetes can normally keep their blood sugar levels at manageable levels.
Here are the foods we recommend diabetics avoid:
Store bought fruit juices are full of extra sugar that will cause glucose levels to spike. Drinking these kinds of juices on a regular basis has been proven to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. Eating a piece of natural, whole fruit is a great alternative.
Sugary Carbonated Drinks
Soft drinks and energy drinks are terrible for our bodies. They contain an enormous amount of sugar and calories that are making people obese at an alarming rate. Those who already struggle with weight issues are more likely to run the risk of developing diabetes, if they continue to consume these drinks that are full of preservatives and additives.
There’s an old adage that says, “The whiter the bread, the quicker you’re dead.” Although that may be alarming, for someone with diabetes, this kind of bread that contains bleached flours and refined starches doesn’t do much for us besides drive our blood sugar levels up. Refined carbohydrates are best to avoid. Instead, look for whole grains and oats that contain more fiber and don’t cause spikes in blood sugar levels.
Here’s another refined product that diabetics should avoid. Studies have shown that if you eat white rice once a day, you’re 27% more likely to develop diabetes than if you were to eat whole grains on a daily basis. White rice is digested easily by our bodies and causes our glucose levels to rise quickly after eating it. Grains with a high fiber count are better for us than white rice.
Though they taste great and are filling, the starchy potato should be avoided by those who suffer from blood sugar problems. The starch in potatoes gets broken down too quickly by our bodies and is absorbed into the blood stream. When that happens, our blood sugar levels are going to rise quickly. This warning also includes French fries and potato chips. Not only are both made from potatoes, they’re also deep fried in hydrogenated oils that lead to an increase in cholesterol levels. So, eating French fries could lead to a greater risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Slick marketing tactics have sold artificial sweeteners to diabetics as a healthy alternative to sugar. They’re not. These industrialized products hurt us more than help us by reducing insulin sensitivity. They also tend to slow down our metabolism and calorie burning ability. For someone with diabetes, it would be better to consume sugar in moderation than these chemically-ridden sweeteners. 7. Raisins
Raisins are a quick and tasty snack that’s rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. But they also cause spikes in blood sugar, and that’s why people with diabetes should try to avoid them.
Fat Cuts of Meat
Fatty cuts of pork or red meats like beef and lamb are harmful to those with blood sugar issues. They contain saturated fats and increase the risk of heart disease. They also increase inflammation in the body.
Dairy products are also loaded with saturated fats—especially whole milk and anything that is labeled as a full-fat dairy product. These kinds of dairy products raise cholesterol levels—most notably the LDL or bad cholesterol. They also have a negative effect on our insulin resistance. Almond milk is a healthier alternative.