9. Specialty Coffee Beverages
A cup of coffee, when freshly brewed at home, is actually healthy and packs up a rich punch of caffeine. However, all those sugar-packed caffeinated drinks and coffees that are served at popular coffee chains contain nothing but sugars and blood sugar-spiking carbs.
The famous peppermint mocha from Starbucks that we all adore contains an alarming dose of 63 grams of carbohydrates and 54 grams of sugar. If you’re thinking a low-fat coffee with skimmed milk is a healthier option, think again. Research reveals that the skim milk caramel swirl latte from Dunkin Donuts packs up a whopping dose of 55 grams of carbs derived from added sugar.
10. Natural Sweeteners
Most diabetic patients who are trying to avoid and reduce their alarming blood sugar spikes try to reduce or completely eliminate their consumption of regular sugar. They pick out supposedly healthier alternatives, such as maple syrup, honey or agave nectar. It is essential to identify that these alternatives also contain carbohydrates, and certain varieties pack up a higher quantity of carbs than sugar.
For instance, 1 tsp. of sugar provides 4 grams of carb, while 1 tsp. of honey packs up around 6 grams of carbs while the same quantity of agave nectar will provide you nearly 5 grams of carbs. Even though most natural sweetener varieties tend to be less processed as compared to white sugar, they still tend to exhibit the same spiking effect on blood sugar levels.
When you’re adding natural sweeteners to your meals or dessert, be sure to consider their carbohydrate density, and plan your portion sizes according. Experts strongly recommend the consumption of a sugar-free alternative, such as Stevia, to reduce the negative effects on blood sugar levels.
Candy is a pretty obvious diabetic nemesis and even if you are picking out sugar-free gum, keep in mind that gums and candies pack up a hefty dose of concentrated sugar. Consuming sugar in concentrated form causes horrible blood sugar spikes and worsens the symptoms of diabetes. Instead of store-bought candies, pick out natural sugar-alternatives, such as berries, Greek yogurt or dark chocolate.