The elderly ones among us with diabetics must take care of their diets to control their blood sugar levels. Although most elderly who have diabetes are conscious of the foodstuff they purchase and consume, there are hidden problems in several foods that they may not recognize. Here is a list of eight foods to avoid if you have diabetes.
Canned, Bottled or Concentrated Juices
Juices which are processed are mostly have some kind of additional sugar unless it states otherwise. Some smoothies have a similar issue. Squeezing fresh fruit for juice at home is much safer. Making smoothies themselves gives your loved ones choices of what ingredients to put in.
Fresh fruits and fruits that are frozen are a wonderful source of a lot of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Nevertheless, melons, bananas, and pitted fruits have more fructose. These should be eaten sparingly if at all. Better options are grapes, apples and strawberries.
Coffee improves cognitive function, and also consists of antioxidants that take away free radicals, which contribute to the process of cell aging and eventual destruction. However, bottled coffees or blended drinks from many coffeehouses commonly have large amounts of sugar that can raise your blood glucose levels. You should consider making coffee at home, using nonfat creamers and suitable sugar substitutes.
Creamed sauces which are often used as a pasta topping or brewed with vegetables are heavy in carbohydrates and calories. They are commonly made with margarine or butter along with cheese and cream. This combination easily increases blood sugar levels and may create unnecessary weight gain.
Ice cream and pastries are typically high in sugar and fat. The American Diabetes Association advises that you should indulge in these as little as possible. Another option for you is to make desserts using recipes for diabetics.
Please avoid fried and stir-fried dishes. Fried foods absorb an ample amount of cooking oil when prepared. Stir-fried foods are also cooked in an oiled wok or skillet. Therefore, those who enjoy Asian foods should be cautious. Sweet and sour dishes generally speaking contain sugar, and some dough-based foods, although steamed, are high in carbohydrates and calories.
Although refined cereals are usually fortified with vitamins and minerals, bagged and boxed cereals often have high levels of sugar. Better breakfast options include egg whites, homemade oatmeal, and turkey bacon, which provide ample sources of protein.
According to researchers from Harvard, a diet that constantly includes white rice is not a healthy for diabetics. This type of rice is rates high on the glycemic index and so is considered high in carbohydrates. Moreover, white rice is easily broken down in your body and converted into sugar. You can consider substituting white rice with brown rice or other grains that do not rate so high on the glycemic index.
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