There are specific foods to avoid when you have diabetes that can directly impact how your body handles the disease. Many cases of type 2 diabetes can be reversed or avoided altogether by simply changing a few of the foods that you consume on a regular basis. Learn what foods to avoid as a preventative and corrective measure against diabetes.
The most heart breaking thing in the world to hear is that you can''t eat the foods you love. When you have diabetes, your entire diet changes and many of the foods you grew to love over the years must be cut out of your diet immediately. Some of these foods may have actually attributed to the disease, but regardless, there are specific foods to avoid when you have diabetes.
One of the hardest hurdles to overcome is breaking a solid habit of eating certain foods. When you eat something over and over again, it becomes part of your life, just like alcohol or drugs. Yes, you can become addicted to foods!
Some of the most prominent foods to avoid when you have diabetes or not, primarily because they may be causing your diabetes are listed below with a natural substitute you can use to help suppress its use. It is your choice whether you cut some or all of these foods to avoid from your diet, but doing so can only help.
Alcoholic Drinks. This highly addictive food causes many undesired conditions within your body and is utterly terrible for diabetics. It not only contains a lot of calories from processed sugars, it also pulls water from your body and slows muscle growth, in turn slowing your metabolism. Since weight gain is a serious cause and issue for diabetics, it is very advantageous to avoid alcohol altogether.
Avoiding alcohol altogether is the best approach, but if you must, limit yourself to no more than one drink per night and make it a low calorie drink.
Man Made Sugars. If you think about it, processed sugars such as high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, and white table sugar are in almost every food you purchase. From cereals to soups, to the every day beverage, sugar is one of the top ingredients. What is bad about these foods to avoid is the fact that they are processed, either chemically created or refined to a point where they are pointless for your body. In fact, some of these sugars actually affect your normal bodily functions including insulin production and your metabolism.
If you are turning toward artificial sweeteners, do so in low quantities. Most artificial sweeteners haven''t been proven by the FDA to be completely safe, but they don''t contain carbohydrates that raise your glucose level in your blood. Natural sugars such as found in fruit and vegetables is the safest sugars to consume to curb the sweet tooth.
Caffeine. This food should be considered a drug as widely as it is used in beverages. Almost as dangerous as sugar, this substance is found in many foods and is a diuretic, meaning it takes water out of your body in a bad way. Your body needs water to filter out sugars from the blood stream and when you drink a lot of caffeine, less sugars are being filtered out. It also causes your body to lose muscle.
This artificial energy can be replaced with healthy intakes of the right foods that contain all natural sugars and ingredients. These ingredients are not only good for you but also naturally raise your energy levels without the harmful effects of caffeine.
Fatty Foods. Most of the foods in your modern diet are full of ''Pancreas Destroying'' acids, carbohydrates, sugars and fats. Fatty foods to avoid include potato chips, cookies, crackers, breads, cakes, fried chicken, pizza, ice cream, hamburgers, milk, and anything with butter on it or baked. Avoid fast food of any kind because most of them use heavy trans fats.
The body must work extra hard to break down bad fats, taking a toll on the liver, pancreas, digestive system, and your body in general. Things the body can''t break down in ample time gets set aside and stored up throughout your body.
One way to tell bad fats is that at room temperature, the trans fats and saturated fats will congeal. Good fatty oils include various fruit and vegetable oils such as soybean, corn, canola, sunflower, olive, and safflower and will remain a liquid at room temperature.
There is a rule of thumb for good foods to help you identify foods to avoid. The following foods are the most healthy and can help control your blood sugar naturally: Water, nuts, herbs, seeds, grasses, fruits, roots, vegetables and cereals. Cooking foods generally remove important nutrients, so try to eat as many raw foods as possible. The more cooked meat is, the less fat remains. Grilling is the best method of cooking to avoid unwanted fats.
Here are 15 foods to avoid when you have diabetes.
The most beneficial thing you can do for your diabetes is learn to avoid the bad foods and take in more good foods. This will help your body control your blood sugar and minimize the use of diabetic drugs to control the disease.
Article By Jason Moser(c) 2011 Copyright by Jason Moser. All rights reserved.
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