Foods that Diabetics Should Avoid (and Embrace)
When it comes to what foods for diabetics should be avoided, there are obvious and less-than-obvious culprits.
The most obvious food or drink to avoid is, of course, sodas and other sweetened drinks. Such drinks will wreck havoc on one’s blood sugar and give non-diabetics a 26 percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
But there are other less-obvious foods that diabetics should avoid, one being white bread, which is quickly digested by the body, causing blood sugars to rise. Red meats and other processed meats high in saturated fats are a bad idea, as are many packaged foods high in trans fats.
Fortunately, there are many health options available to diabetics, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, to help keep blood sugars in check. Fiber-rich foods are also essential as they not only help control blood sugar levels but can also decrease the risk of heart disease. And eat fish at least twice a week – fish has less fat than meat and are also high in omega-3 fatty acids.
Of course, not all diabetics are alike, so it is important to work with a dietician to establish a regimen that is right for you.