Food Habits to Give Up for Type 2 Diabetes
Sometimes, it is very difficult to figure out what’s good for your health and what’s not even when you are trying hard to make healthy food and lifestyle habits. Especially when you want to fight better with a health condition like diabetes, it’s not always just about taking medications and eating selected food.
In fact, most of the diabetes food choices we make might actually sabotage the efforts. Here are such food habits that seem like they are good for health for people with type 2 diabetes, but are actually not.
Choosing ‘Sugar-Free’ Foods
Supermarkets are flooded with foods that claim to be diabetes-friendly just because they do not contain any ‘added sugars’. But, most of these foods have sugar substitutes that have a lot of carbs and could rapidly increase the blood sugar levels. So before you put something in the cart, make sure that you check the nutritional facts and see how much sugar is added and how many carbs are in each serving. Being aware of carbs per each serving will help you in managing your blood sugar levels.
Having Meal Replacement Bars
Meal replacement bars are actually aimed at athletes as they need some quick energy boost which means they are very high in calories. They also contain sugar alcohols that may irritate the stomach. Rather than having too many meal replacement bars, sticking to real meals will help you stick to a balanced nutrition. However, munching on meal replacement bars when you are pressed for time is okay as long as you keep an eye on the nutritional facts.
Too Many Vitamins and Supplements
While supplements may help you fill the vitamin gap, they are no match to the real meals. A good diet with lots of vegetables and fruits will give you all the nutrients that you need. While many people rely on supplements like cinnamon or chromium to keep their blood sugar levels at check, it is still unclear whether they really work. If at all you choose to try any of these supplements, inform your doctor about the same as he will be able to tell you if they are interfering with your medication.
One apple has 19 grams of sugar and 4.5 grams fiber. One glass of apple juice, on the other hand, has 25 grams sugar and just 0.5 grams fiber. So it’s up to you to make a healthy choice. In fact, eating whole fruits will help you in stabilizing the blood sugar levels while satisfying your hunger pangs for a long time. A study also found that eating whole fruit regularly is likely to reduce your risk of diabetes while drinking juice can increase the chances.
Having Diet Soda
Diet soda claims to be sugar-free, carbohydrate-free and calorie-free but you can still overdo it. Studies also found that people who have diet soda end up taking more calories from their food as they tend to think that they are ‘saving’ calories with diet soda so they splurge on food. Artificial sweeteners used in diet soda are also not good for the health as they confuse the body because they taste sweet but do not add any calories. Better alternatives would be having a plain iced tea.