We all know eating healthy is important, and if you have diabetes, you’ve most likely heard this more than most people. Not only is it a crucial part of weight control, maintaining a healthy diet offers your body the fuel it needs to function to the best of its capacity. And, as we all know, a balanced diet is one of the easiest ways to keep your blood glucose levels in check.
But we also know how delicious some of the not-so-healthy foods out there can be. And while we all might occasionally indulge, it’s important that we do so consciously. Knowing which foods strongly affect blood sugar levels is an important part of not only avoiding them, but making sure you take the right measures when you do choose to splurge.
To that end, we’ve compiled a list of foods that will strongly affect your levels. Check it out! And remember: if you do stray from your diet, forgive yourself and move on. Instead of dwelling on the slip-up, focus on getting back on track!
9. Frozen Pizza
Excess sodium may double your chance of having a heart attack or stroke if you have Type 2 diabetes, and most frozen pizzas are loaded with it. Whip up this nutrient-rich version the next time you’re craving pizza.
8. Fish and Chips
Battered and fried fish dinners are not only high in sodium, the carbohydrate content is nearly twice the daily recommended allowance. Serve this crispy oven-fried fish along with baked sweet potato fries for a delicious healthy alternative.
7. Cinnamon Rolls
A single cinnamon roll contains more carbohydrates than a fish-and-chips dinner, so this sweet treat should definitely be consumed in moderation. This diabetic-friendly alternative is just as irresistible without all of the added sugars.
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6. Deep-Fried Chinese Food
When you’re craving the tangy kick of orange chicken, opt for something like this hot-and-spicy beef stir fry instead. Breaded and fried Chinese dishes are high in carbohydrates and sodium, without even taking into consideration the carb count of the white rice that traditionally accompanies these dishes.
5. Fast Food Burgers
A typical fast food burger contains a lot of carbohydrates in addition to a hefty portion of artery-clogging saturated fat, especially when you add cheese. Cut carbs and control your fat intake with this flavorful diabetes-friendly burger recipe.
4. Store-Bought Pastries
Pies, cupcakes, donuts and similar store-bought pastries are high in everything that a person trying to stick to a healthy diet should limit – calories, sugars, and fat. This indulgent cheesecake is fat-free, low-sugar and absolutely delicious.
3. Fried Chicken
While chicken is an excellent source of lean protein, heavily breaded, deep-fried chicken packs an unhealthy amount of carbs, fat and sodium. Try these molasses baked drumsticks for a diabetes-friendly alternative to this comfort food classic.
The combination of beans, beef, cheeses and fried tortilla chips may taste amazing, but an average order of nachos has a ton of fat, lots of carbs and a ridiculous amount of sodium. Layer baked chips with seasoned chicken, low-sodium beans, low-fat cheeses and this delicious avocado salsa for a yummy alternative.
Starchy foods like pasta are high in carbs, and while portion side is key, they’re not the best food for keeping your blood sugar in check. Factor in a creamy sauce, and you have a meal that’s high in carbs, calories, and fat, which is less than ideal for any healthy diet. This diabetes-friendly lasagna lets you savor the flavor of Italy without the worries of traditional pasta dishes.
L.D. and her eleven-year-old lab, Eleanor Rigby Fitzgerald, moved from Seattle to Grand Rapids earlier this year, and are currently enjoying exploring their new city! She likes books, music, movies, running, and being outdoors as much as possible.