For all diabetic individuals, managing what you eat and what you avoid is an essential and important part of optimal management of diabetes and blood glucose levels and reducing risk of developing diabetic complications. It is important to know what are the best foods for diabetics and it is equally important to know what foods are not good for diabetics, hence to be avoided as much as possible (bad foods for diabetics) as they hamper appropriate blood glucose control and increase risk of high blood glucose concentration and thereby increase risk of complications.
Following are some of the foods you should avoid if you are a diabetic. Although it does not mean you can not eat them. You can certainly eat them in small amount and with some modification, without changing the real taste of these food items. Even, if you are not diabetic, it is best to avoid these foods because they are rich in saturated fats, sodium, and carbohydrates as well as high in calories. So, ideally avoid them.
Most of coffee drinks are packed with calories. An average coffee drink contain more than 450 calorie energy, approximately 60 grams carbohydrate, 18 grams of fat (of which 12 grams saturated fats) and high amount of cholesterol. That is why; ideally, even non-diabetics should avoid such coffee drinks.
You can make a little change to the above recipe and make a good coffee drink suitable for diabetics. You can make a cup of coffee with half milk, half water, which is as satisfying as common coffee drink.
Branded fruit juice beverages:
Most of the fruit juice beverages available in market are high in calorie content due to added sugar along with sugar (sucrose) available in the fruit juice. Read labels of fruit juice beverages carefully. Most of the nutrition information is given per serving and bottles or cans contain more than one serving. Some branded fruit juice beverages are available in low calorie and you can try those.
French fries are loaded with calories, sodium, carbohydrates and saturated fats, especially restaurant French fries. Some trans-fat free fries may be available, but still not good for diabetics, because they are loaded with calories and carbohydrates. An average serving of restaurant French fry contain approximately 500 calories, 20-25 grams fat, more than 70 grams carbohydrates and large amount of sodium.
If you can not do without French fry, try using sweet potato (which are rich in vitamin A and potassium) instead of potatoes.
Regular soft drinks are loaded with sugar. If you drink soft drinks, it can derail your sugar control and cause rise of blood sugar level tremendously. Soft drinks can cause increase in weight too, because they contain high carb and high calories. There are diet drinks available with artificial sweeteners, ideally these also should be avoided, because there are several studies, which shows artificial sweeteners are not good for health, especially when consumed for long, as done by many diabetics.
Are you fond of pie as your dessert? It is time you change your choice. An average slice of pie may contain approximately 600 calories, 40 grams of fat (of which half is saturated fat), 45 grams of carbohydrates, large sodium and cholesterol. If you consume so many calories in dessert, it is not possible to control blood glucose level. It is time to give up your favorite pie and try healthy dessert