Avoid regular soda, fruit juices, and sugary beverages, as they can cause rapid spikes in blood sugar. Opt for water, unsweetened tea, or beverages sweetened with sugar substitutes.
Steer clear of candies, chocolates, cookies, cakes, and other high-sugar sweets. These can lead to significant blood sugar fluctuations.
Avoid highly processed snacks like potato chips, sugary cereals, and most commercial snack bars, as they are often high in unhealthy fats, sugars, and refined carbohydrates.
Foods made from white flour and refined grains, such as white bread, white rice, and regular pasta, can cause rapid spikes in blood sugar. Choose whole grains instead.
Deep-fried foods, like French fries, chicken nuggets, and fried dough, are high in unhealthy fats and can lead to inflammation and insulin resistance.
Limit consumption of fatty cuts of red meat and processed meats like bacon, sausages, and hot dogs, as they are associated with an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes complications.
While some full-fat dairy products can be part of a balanced diet, individuals with diabetes should be cautious with high-fat dairy products, as they can contribute to weight gain and increase the risk of heart disease.
Alcohol can cause blood sugar to rise or fall unpredictably, and it may interact with diabetes medications. If you choose to consume alcohol, do so in moderation and consult your healthcare provider.
Most sweetened cereals are high in sugar and refined carbohydrates. Opt for unsweetened or minimally sweetened whole grain cereals.
Some condiments and sauces, like ketchup, barbecue sauce, and sweet salad dressings, are loaded with sugar. Choose lower-sugar or sugar-free alternatives.