If you’re a healthy individual who doesn’t suffer from the symptoms of diabetes, chugging down a store-bought brownie or a large can of soda may not be such a frightening cause for concern. Eating these seductive treats will only cause minor disturbances, like ruining your diet, increasing your weight and making you lethargic rather being a massive problem that sends your heart racing beyond belief.
For a diabetic patient, the slightest of unhealthy eating habits, when made repetitively and regularly, raise the risk factors of drastic and life-threatening health outcomes. You see, every single patients suffering with diabetes tends to have a unique aspect to their case, and naturally, every patient has a different tolerance level towards the consumption of carbohydrates. Therefore, it is very hard for experts to find a one-fits-all eating solution that will benefit all patients suffering from diabetes.
When a patient is consuming excessive servings of carbohydrates that are rendering the pancreas unable to develop insulin, which is essential for lowering blood sugar levels naturally, there is a grave cause for concern.
So, what are carbohydrates and what makes them so unhealthy for diabetic patients? Basically, carbohydrates are a group of macronutrients, which also include sugar, and they are most threatening nutrient for diabetic patients. The most worrisome aspect about managing diabetic symptoms is always the constant fluctuations between too high blood pressure levels or hyperglycaemia, or too low blood pressure levels, known as hypoglycaemia.
Both these conditions aggravate diabetic symptoms, along with triggering the onset of other health ailments, such as vomiting, rapid heartburn, confusion, nausea, stomach aches and dizziness. In certain severe cases, extremely high or low blood sugar levels can even lead to sudden loss of consciousness and rapid death.
Therefore, being a diabetic patient, your first and foremost measure of preventive care is to create a wholesome and mindful eating regime, which does not contain any form of carbs or sugars. Instead, you must gain your strength and energy from foods and fruits that are loaded with protein, healthy fats and fibers.
We’ve picked out a comprehensive list of 9 deadly food items that all diabetic patients must religiously avoid. Here, take a look:
1. Dried Fruit
Fresh and whole fruits are incredibly healthy and brimming with countless essential nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins, but despite all these nutritional benefits, research reveals that diabetic patients must practice restraint and mindfulness while consuming foods. You see, despite their powerful concentrations of disease-fighting nutrients, they also pack up heaps of carbohydrates, which tend to make the blood pressure levels high.
If you adore devouring fruits for breakfast and snacks, be sure to stick with fruits that do not effect blood pressure levels, such as blueberries, strawberries and cranberries, while fruits like grapes and melon will only spike your blood pressure levels.
When it comes to dried fruit, keep in mind that you are treading through risky territory as despite their countless health benefits, they pack up very concentrated densities of sugars and carbs. Therefore, it is essential to limit your consumption to mindful portion sizes, and consume only 2-3 servings each week. Research states that a tiny handful of raisins can provide your body the same amount of carbs and sugars you obtain from a big bowl filled with grapes.
2. Fruit Juice
Bottled fruit juice varieties may seem like a healthier alternative to a can of soda, but do not let the fruit images on the label deceive you. Not just diabetic patients, but in fact, every single individual should avoid fruit juices, because truth be told, there is really no difference between devouring sugar from sodas or energy drinks and these bottled fruit juices.
Both are equally unhealthy and devoid of essential nutrients. Research reveals that all our favourite and popular store-bought juices, including Tropicana and Florida’s Natural, pack up a frightening concentration of 33 grams of sugar. Instead of loading up on unnecessary carbs and sugar-loaded calories, why not treat yourself to a tall glass of sugar-free and freshly made strawberry juice at home?
3. Donuts and Bagels
Most patients suffering with diabetes tend to believe that sugar is the real culprit behind their rapidly rising blood sugar levels, but according to experts, carbohydrates are even more dangerous and the real underlying cause of fluctuating blood sugar. In order to control your diabetic symptoms effectively, you need to develop the habit of scanning the ingredients list for both, the sugar content and total carbohydrate content before you buy any kind of product.
If you can’t seem to start your morning without guzzling down a donut or a bagel, keep in mind that they are loaded with processed and refined grains, which happen to be the greatest sources of blood sugar raising-carbs.
Statistics from research show us that all our favourite donut and bagel varieties from popular fast-food chains tend to hoard up alarming concentrations of calories. For instance, the plain old fashioned donut from Dunkin Donuts packs up an alarming 28 grams of carbohydrates, which is exactly the same amount we consume from an 8.5 ounces serving of Coca Cola.
Moreover, the maple vanilla crème donut, which we all adore, loads up 43 grams of carbohydrates, and the seemingly harmless plain Einstein Bros. bagel packs up a frightening amount of 56 grams of carbohydrates.
4. French Fries
Who doesn’t love French fries? We all do, and that makes us ignore the fact that starchy veggies, such as corn and potatoes, are loaded with high concentrations of carbohydrates, which is why we must eat them mindfully and in limited portions.
When you use these starchy potatoes to create oil-soaked French fries, you further multiply their carbohydrate concentration and raise your risk factors for several health ailments along with aggravate diabetic symptoms with regular consumption.
Research reveals that a medium-sized portion of fries from McDonald’s provide 44 grams of carbs, while the medium fries at Wendy’s provide 55 grams of carbs. Instead of oily French fries, kale and zucchini fries present a much healthier alternative.
5. Store-bought Pie
All popular and lovingly bought store-made dessert foods, including brownies, cakes, cookies and pies, are made with highly processed and refined grains, along with heaps of sugar, which makes them powerhouses of carbohydrates. What’s worse is the fact that all our favourite store-bought treats and desserts tend to be loaded with harmful trans fats, which further aggravate the symptoms of diabetes, along with bringing about other unhealthy changes within the body, including obesity.
Patients suffering from diabetes tend to have a much higher risk of suffering from heart disease, and trans fat not only leads to obesity that worsens the diabetic symptoms, but they also increase total and LDL or bad cholesterol levels, and reduce the healthy HDL cholesterol levels. So, be sure to eliminate all your store-bought dessert cravings and trans fats, and replace them with healthy homemade fruity desserts.
6. Specialty Coffee Drinks
Even though a plain and simple cup of coffee packs up countless nutrients and health benefits, those sweetened and popular coffee drinks that we all consume from our favourite nationwide coffee chains contain nothing but heaps and heaps of blood pressure raising-sugar.
The immensely popular peppermint mocha from Starbucks that we all adore contains a whopping 54 grams of sugar and an even more upsetting 63 grams of carbs. And if you’re a huge fan of the caramel swirl latte from Dunkin Donuts, keep in mind that despite containing skim milk, it packs up 55 grams of sugar-loaded carbs.
Therefore, it is always advisable to enjoy all your caffeine cravings with freshly brewed and homemade, unsweetened coffee.
Well, this should not come as a surprise at all. Candies are loaded with heaps of sugar, artificial colour and other processed ingredients that will spike your blood sugar levels and aggravate your diabetic symptoms. Candies pack up sugar in a very concentrated form, and the greater your consumption of concentrated sugar, the higher your blood pressure levels are likely to spike.
So, unless you’re picking out sugar-free gum, be sure to eliminate all your favourite candies and treats from the grocery list. You can always treat your candy cravings with homemade peanut butter and rich dark chocolate.
Consuming a rich dose of carbohydrates throughout the day is the worst habit a diabetic person could have as they are extremely damaging for those with constantly fluctuating blood pressure levels. If you’re fond of consuming refined and heavily processed breads, you are adding an extremely high dose of carbs to your diet. The key is to eliminate your consumption of bread at home, and even when you eat out on rare occasions, be sure to send the bread basket back where it came from.
Instead of heavy processed and refined breads, pick out a healthy whole-grain bread that will serve as a much healthier and safer option as whole grains satiate hunger and they take more time being digested by the body. Be sure to pick out bread varieties that are sprouted or made with whole grains, and for that, you need to scan the ingredients list on the bread label, and ensure that whole grain are the very first item on the list.
There is an abundance of scientific evidence that directly associates the consumption of sodas with obesity, heart diseases, diabetes and countless other health ailments, of which, diabetes tends to be the greatest concern. Experts believe that sodas are the most dangerous food item that all diabetic patients must religiously avoid because of their frighteningly high concentration on sugar and blood-sugar-spiking carbs.
One single 12-ounce can of Coca Cola can brim your body with a whopping 39 grams of sugar, and according to the American Heart Association, all healthy individuals must keep their entire daily sugar consumption less than 36 grams. Let that sink in for a moment.
Moreover, the fact that liquids tend to be consumed much more fastly as compared to most food items, and chugging down large glasses of soda throughout the day is the worst and yet the easiest way to cause an overload of carbs and refined sugars in your body. Naturally, this overload will only lead to increasingly heightened blood sugar levels, and aggravate diabetic symptoms. Keep in mind that even bottled tea varieties and sports drinks are also loaded with sugar, and hence, must be avoided at all costs.