These are some foods you should avoid if you have diabetes.
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If you are like me, you would prefer to hear a positive message than a negative one. But sometimes we need to hear the message "you can not" as much as "you can".
This video will give you general guidelines on the foods you should avoid. It does not mean that you can never have them, but the foods on this list are those that you can participate only on special occasions and celebrations.
Then let's get started.
The first group of foods that you should avoid is pretty obvious actually … spooky meals. By this I mean the foods that are almost all sugar.
Table sugar (sucrose) is basically half the glucose and half the fructose. Fructose is metabolized and converted into fat at a higher rate than glucose. The World Health Organization recommends that people with type 2 diabetes acquire no more than 25 grams of sugar per day. That's not much.
The main problem we find is that with all the processed foods these days, you may be eating a lot of sugar without even knowing it. That is why we must be good readers of labels. Now let me tell you that not all carbohydrates and sugars are exactly the same. While it is good to read those carbohydrate and sugar labels, also consider the glycemic index and the loading of a food.
But did you know that some of these products are loaded with sugar?
Many pasta sauces
Many breakfast cereals
And the list goes on and on
I am also sad to inform you that this includes a lot of what we would consider desserts. Cookies, cakes, pies, you know, all good things? LOL We have to be careful with those. However, there are some unsweetened or reduced sugar substitutes in this category that are very good.
Another group of foods that we really need to get away from is pasta. I know, it's one of my favorites too! But even the best pasta has a medium GL at best and most have a fairly high GL. Even whole grain pasta can be difficult for the blood sugar level. Even those made with Durham wheat can raise the blood sugar level.
The problem is that some pasta is fine, but the sauces we put on them are usually the problem. And honestly, who wants to eat pasta without sauce? If we could limit ourselves to the half-cup serving and go very lightly to the sauce, the pasta could be a meal once a week.
But we all know that we are going to eat more than half a cup and we are going to load the sauce. So avoid this as a weekly type of food.
Another food that we really must keep away from is the potato. I know, a baked potato with butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon, shew, I'm hungry just to think about it. But potatoes are very high on the carbohydrate scale, the GI scale and the GL scale. This applies to things like French fries, French fries, baked potatoes, almost anything that has to do with a white potato. Now, as an alternative, you can strain a batata baked from time to time. I know, sweet is better than normal for diabetes, imagine.
The dried fruits are something that you should avoid. The main reason is that when the water is removed from these fruits, such as raisins and prunes, the sugars are intensely concentrated. Some diabetes "experts" want you to stay away from most fresh fruits, I think it's a mistake. Most fresh fruits have an extremely low GL and do not affect the blood sugar level, as some believe. While on the subject of fruit, stay away from canned fruit that is packaged in heavy syrup. Heavy syrup is another word for sugar. If you get canned fruit, look for those canned, either your own juice or water.
Rice is something we should see. Some will say that only white rice is "bad rice", but there are others that should be avoided. Even whole grain rices can have a high GI or GL. I agree that most white rice should be avoided. White rice has an adverse effect on your blood sugar level. Most experts when talking about rice are also grouped in white bread and white flour. I'm not one of them. White bread has a low GL, almost as low in whole wheat in a cut-by-slice comparison. While I do not advise having sandwiches on white bread every day, I do not put it in an avoidance category either.
Although I guess technically it is not a food, there are several drinks that you should avoid. One of them is alcohol, a normal beer in particular. I'm not saying this because I'm anti-alcohol, but because it's just not good for your blood sugar level. Neither regular soda nor most fruit juices. Again, be a tag reader and do your research.
When we get to the end of this video, I want to reiterate that these are not foods that you CAN NOT have. These are foods that you should avoid on a daily basis. From time to time, enjoy a baked potato and a small piece of birthday cake. Just be sensible with your choices.
Video credits to The Diabetes Council YouTube channel