If you have diabetes, it is important to make sure that you are following a healthy diet.
There are certain foods that you should avoid if you want to keep your blood sugar levels under control.
In this blog post, we will discuss eight foods that you should avoid if you have type two diabetes.
1. Refined carbohydrates
Foods like white bread, pastries, and white rice are high in refined carbs. These foods can cause blood sugar levels to rise rapidly, which is something you'll want to avoid if you're living with diabetes.
2. Saturated fats
Foods that are high in saturated fats, such as red meat and butter, can increase your risk of heart disease.
3. Trans fats
Trans fats are found in processed foods, such as margarine and potato chips. These fats can raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels which can clog arteries and increases your risk of heart disease.
Drinking alcohol can cause your blood sugar levels to rise, as many alcohol beverages contain sugars that are quickly absorbed. If you have diabetes, it is important to limit your alcohol intake. If you are going to drink, we suggest sticking with low sugar drinks like vodka soda, and avoiding things like beer or sugary cocktails.
Foods that are high in sugar, such as candy and soda, can cause your blood sugar levels to spike. Do your best to avoid syrups, ice cream, candies, cookies, or any particularly "sugary" foods.
6. Processed meats
Processed meats, such as bacon and sausage, are high in saturated fats. These meats can increase your risk of heart disease and are generally contain far fewer nutrients than unprocessed meats like chicken breast.
7. Fried foods
Fried foods, such as French fries and chicken fingers, are high in calories and unhealthy fats. These foods can cause your blood sugar levels to spike, and can lead to unwanted weight gain.
Too much salt can cause your blood pressure to rise. If you have diabetes, it is important to limit your salt intake by avoiding excessively salty foods.
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