The 11 Worst Foods for Diabetics (Slideshow)

It’s not just the sweets you should avoid

The 11 Worst Foods for Diabetics

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Foods that are high in sugar can cause blood sugar to spike, but plenty of foods that aren’t sweet can still have a high glycemic index and add too much sugar too quickly to your bloodstream .

Fried Potatoes

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Potatoes are a simple starch, and can cause blood glucose levels to shoot through the roof. Frying them adds a ton of grease into the mix, which is a double whammy. Instead, opt for a side of non-starchy vegetables or oven-baked sweet potatoes, which have a low glycemic index. 

White Bread

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Whole grain bread is a much better option that white bread, because its high fiber levels allow blood sugar to rise more slowly. White bread, with its refined carbs and lack of nutrients, causes a much faster blood sugar spike.  

Candy

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Candy doesn’t just contain almost zero nutritional value, it’s also essentially pure sugar. 

Raisins

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Raisins and other dried fruits contain a concentrated level of sugars, which will be quickly absorbed by the body and lead to a blood sugar spike. 

Pancakes or Waffles with Syrup

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Not only are pancakes and waffles usually made with refined white flour, they’re usually topped with artery-clogging butter and a whole lot of breakfast syrup, which is usually just high fructose corn syrup. Opt for the egg whites instead. 

Full-Fat Dairy

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Dairy products like whole milk, cheese, and full-fat yogurt contain a lot more sugar than you think. Their high saturated-fat content can also erode insulin resistance. 

Fatty Meat

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Lean protein should be the only kind eaten by diabetics, because fatty meats like burgers and well-marbled steaks contain a lot of cholesterol, which can increase the risk of heart disease. 

Cakes and Pastries

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Cakes and pastries aren’t just loaded with carbs, they’re also loaded with simple sugars, which can lead to a major blood sugar spike. Packaged cakes are even more of a no-no since they contain trans fats, which can lead to heart disease. 

Deep-Fried Foods

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Deep-fried foods, like fish-and-chips and fried chicken, are generally loaded with fat, calories, carbohydrates, and sodium. Lots of fried foods are also loaded with artery-clogging saturated fat. 

Cookies

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Cookies are loaded with sugar, fat, and carbohydrates, and packaged cookies are even worse because they usually also contain high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, and trans fats.

Smoothies

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While they made seem healthy because of all the fruit, sugary juices should be avoided by diabetics, and smoothies are sometimes even worse than those. They contain a ton of sugar; there are up to 70 grams in a McCafe strawberry banana smoothie alone!