6. Deep Fried Foods
Research reveals that frying any given kind of food brings about an instant change in its nutrient density and composition. A team of researchers handed out a questionnaire to over 70,000 women, inquiring about the foods they consumed.
The researchers revealed that the frequent consumption of fried foods was directly linked with a significant increase in the risk factors of type 2 diabetes, and a mild risk of developing the coronary artery disease. The results highlighted that fried foods were particularly dangerous when devoured at a restaurant.
This was primarily because of the large portion sizes, the quantity and type of oil they were fried in, and the indulgence of sugary beverages to wash down these greasy foods. All these factors also contributed to the risk factors of obesity and weight gain.
The researchers then adjusted their findings for the consumption of sugary beverages, and the results still revealed a strong association between the symptoms of type 2 diabetes and the consumption of fried foods. Researchers believe that it all depends on the cooking method, however, it is evident that even though frying can make any food item savory and scrumptious, along with altering its nutrient quality and increase it calorie density.
7. Flavored ‘Fruity’ Yogurts
Plain or Greek yogurt is one of the healthiest snacks for diabetic patients as it promotes satiety and aids in normalizing blood sugar levels. However, fruity and flavored yogurts don’t provide these benefits because they pack up an alarming dose of added sugars and artificial sugars. Most popular fruity yogurt varieties pack up more than 40-47 grams of sugar per serving.
Instead of these sugary varieties, pick out Icelandic or Greek yogurt as they pack up a low density of carb and are rich in protein. You can always give your yogurt a fruity punch of natural sweetness by adding up fiber-rich foods, such as berries and nuts, which will reduce the risk factors of blood sugar spikes.
8. Breakfast Cereals
Breakfast cereals are an unhealthy food item for diabetic patients because they tend to be extremely low in fiber and protein, while they pack up a rich density of added sugars and carbohydrates. Carbohydrates that are present in these breakfast cereals come from refined grains, which are notorious for causing horrible blood sugar spikes. Research reveals that only a quarter cup serving of Lucky Charms provides the body 22 grams of carbs and 10 grams of sugar.
However, not all cereals are bad for diabetic patients. If you simply cannot start your day with a bowl of cereal, then pick out a healthy fortified breakfast cereal made with whole grains, and be sure to limit yourself to mindfully controlled portions.
If you want to power your breakfast with the energizing goodness of fiber and protein, pair up a serving of Greek or Icelandic yogurt with a high-fiber cereal. It will reduce the risk of blood sugar spikes, along with keeping you satiated and full for longer hours. Just be sure to pick out a cereal that contains no more than 8 grams of sugar, and at least 3-5 grams of fiber per serving.