- Add healthy snacks to your diet
- Diabetics should add more fibre to their diet
- Avoid processed foods as much as possible
To fight the complications of diabetes, it is extremely necessary to control blood sugar levels. Diabetes is a chronic condition that requires constant management of blood sugar levels. A healthy diet is one of the most effective ways to manage blood sugar levels. Foods you consume majorly affect your blood sugar levels. A diabetic-friendly diet includes foods that do not affect blood sugar levels negatively. Whereas there are some foods you should avoid. Diabetics, here's a list of foods you should stop consuming to avoid major fluctuations in blood sugar levels.
Diabetes: Foods to avoid for healthy blood sugar levels
1. Drink loaded with added sugar
Most drinks are loaded with added sugar especially carbonated drinks and aerated beverages. Added sugar is more harmful. These drinks can disturb your blood sugar levels. You should choose healthy options like herbal teas.
2. Fruit juice
Fruits contain natural sugar. Diabetics are advised to consume fruits in moderation. But fruit juices should be avoided as much as possible. Juices are deprived of fibre. To prepare one glass of juice, you need fruits in more quantity that can add more sugar to your diet. It is better to eat fruit.
3. Packed snacks
Packed snacks are might be a tasty treat but these can be harmful for your blood sugar levels. These snacks are loaded with artificial flavours and are highly processed. To beat hunger pangs you should choose healthy snacks including hard-boiled egg, chickpeas, almonds, protein bars or popcorn.
4. Polished rice
Pavithra N Raj, chief dietician at Columbia Asia hospital explains, "Polished rice should be strictly avoided if you are a diabetic. It also falls under the list of high GI foods." Diabetics can choose brown rice or other grains loaded with fibre in moderation.
5. White bread
Pavithra N Raj further explains, "White bread is high in carbs and hardly contains wheat. It is highly processed which can slow down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. White bread is also devoid of fibre which makes it an unsuitable option for diabetics."
(Pavithra N Raj, Chief Dietician, Columbia Asia Referral Hospital Yeshwanthpur)
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