Fresh food is the best food, which is why farmer’s markets like those in Parker, Cherry Creek in Denver, and around Castle Pines have grown so much in popularity. This is a great place to find diabetes-friendly foods, especially when there are so many options you really should avoid. Avoiding certain foods is actually an important part of living with diabetes, especially to keep your feet healthy.
Foods you should avoid with diabetes isn’t as cut and dried as “skip all sugar.” Sugar is only one of the carbohydrates that can raise your blood sugar levels, and you can’t necessarily avoid it all together. Anyway, other foods may be just as detrimental for your health overall, including your feet. Here are ten foods you really should avoid or eat very rarely:
- Sugary Desserts – Too much sugar spikes your blood sugar levels.
- Added-Sugar Juices – These juices have tons of extra carbs and can spike your blood sugar.
- White Grains – You may not expect it, but these break down into simple sugars.
- High-Fat Dairy – Fat sharply increases your heart disease risk, and might worsen insulin resistance.
- Alcohol – Alcohol is stuffed with extra carbs that can affect blood sugar levels.
- Fried Meats – In addition to being very fatty, fried meats are high in sodium and carbs.
- Processed Lunch Meat – Unfortunately, this meat is loaded with extra sodium that’s bad for your heart.
- Pizza – Whether frozen or fresh, this is loaded with carbs, sodium, and fat.
- French Fries – These treats and other fried foods are packed with extra carbohydrates and bad-cholesterol trans-fats.
- High-Fat Treats – Anything high in fat increases your risk for heart troubles, particularly when diabetes already causes blood vessel damage.