Fried foods are delicious, there's no denying that.
But if you have diabetes, do they belong in your diet?
Let's dive straight in and discuss the health implications of eating fried foods.
Are fried foods unhealthy?
When we talk about fried foods we are typically talking about any food that is cooked in oil at extremely high temperatures.
The reason why so many health experts caution the consumption of fried foods is because they style of cooking creates trans fats, which are the most dangerous kind of fats.
Trans fats are known to raise bad cholesterol and lower good cholesterol, which can increase your risk of heart disease, regardless of whether or not you have diabetes.
This increased risk of heart disease that comes along with the trans fats in fried foods is the main reason why they are often considered unhealthy.
Do fried foods increase blood sugar levels?
While fried foods definitely belong in the "generally unhealthy" category, is there anything about them that would be a cause for concern for a person with diabetes?
Turns out the answer is: usually yes.
Most fried foods are high in carbohydrates, which get digested and turned into sugars.
Whats even worse is that most of these high carb fried foods contain trans fats which digest slowly, meaning that your blood sugar levels will get high and stay high for hours.
So what is the relationship between fried foods and diabetes?
Several studies have examined the relationship between fried foods and diabetes, and the results are somewhat inconclusive.
Fried foods typically contain lots of carbs, which as you may already know is not great for those with diabetes.
On top of that fried foods also contain lots of trans fats, which can increase your risk of heart disease, and can keep blood sugar levels high for hours.
There isn't anything that is inherently bad for diabetics about fried foods, but most contain lots of carbs and lots of trans fat, both of which aren't going to do your health (or waistline) any favors.
We recommend that if you do want to consume fried foods, you do so in moderation, and try your best to avoid carb-heavy foods like french fries or onion rings.
Fried foods really don't have many health benefits, and they pose a lot of health risks.
They often contain lots of carbs which can spike blood sugar, and trans fats which can digest slowly and keep blood sugar levels high for hours.
On top of the trans fats have also been shown to increase bad cholesterol and decrease good cholesterol, which can lead to increased risk of heart disease.
We know they're tasty, but do yourself a favor and try to limit your intake of fried foods as much as possible. Your arteries (and waistline!) will thank you!