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Report: 7 “Healthy” Foods To Avoid While Managing Diabetes

Dealing with diabetes comes with challenges. 

For example, figuring out what to eat can feel overwhelming.

And while most of us know how important our diet is…

Most people don’t realize that some foods only seem healthy — yet are best to avoid.

Our medical team has compiled a list of 7 such “seemingly healthy” foods. 

These 7 foods can trigger health problems — including diabetic shock.

Here’s the list (bookmark this page for reference):

Food #1: Pickles

Pickles are a commonly recommended “weight loss” food.

The logic is… you can fend off cravings by snacking on a pickle, instead of a bag of chips or cookies.

And while it’s true that pickles have far fewer calories than chips or cookies.

When it comes to managing diabetes… 

There are more concerns than just calorie counting.

Pickles

In the case of pickles: Sodium (salt) intake.

See, diabetes poses a higher risk for heart disease.

In fact, just over 2 grams of sodium per day can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.1

And one serving of dill pickles contains a whopping 808 milligrams (.808 grams) of sodium.2

So with just two or three servings of pickles… 

The sodium adds up quickly, well beyond the recommended 2 grams per day.

Note: While this is applicable for dill pickles i.e. pickles without added sugar, pickles that contain added sugars e.g. Bread & Butter pickles are even worse.

Food #2: Dried Fruit

Dried fruit seems healthy.

Mainly, because it doesn’t contain the artificial sweeteners that you’ll find in candy.

Plus, fruits like mango are jam-packed with Vitamin C.

However…

Too much dried fruit can be downright dangerous while managing diabetes.

That’s because dried fruit sugar density is sky high!

How much sugar are we talking about?

Did you know that just one (one!) dried date contains the same amount of sugar (16 grams) as 10 strawberries? 3

And since dried fruit tends to taste like candy…

It’s difficult to stop at just one date or one piece of mango.

Whereas eating a handful of fresh strawberries is quite realistic.

Speaking of which, here’s another fruit to avoid:

Food #3: Pineapple

Let’s use pineapple to introduce a critical metric that anyone dealing with diabetes must know. 

It’s called the glycemic index (GI).

Perhaps you already know about GI…

But if you’re unfamiliar, Gi is a 1-100 scoring system that ranks foods by how fast they cause blood sugar to rise.

To illustrate: Water is zero and glucose (sugar) is 100.

So the closer a food’s score is to 100, the less friendly it is for managing diabetes.

Now, pineapple ranks between 51 and 73.4

By comparison, strawberries, apples, and oranges rank between 39-41.

Which might not sound like a lot, but it is!

And besides for the affects on blood sugar…

Foods with higher GI scores are known to increase cravings, leading to weight gain.5

That’s why it’s good to know where sugary foods (like fruit) land on the GI index.

If you want to know more recommended fruits, then check this out.

Food #4: Juice

Did you know that juice can contain even more sugar than soda?

To put this in perspective, an 8-ounce serving of soda contains 22 grams of sugar on average.6

But an 8-ounce serving of grape juice contains a whopping 35 grams of sugar!

Juice contain lots of sugar

Even worse: fruit juices are loaded with carbohydrates, which can lead to rapid weight gain.

Also, juice varieties that promote “less sugar” and “no artificial sweeteners” pose the same problem.

On average, these products still contain 10 grams of sugar in one 8 ounce serving.7

Better than soda, yes.

But still not ideal.

You can find a better alternative here.

Food #5: Flavored “Water”

You may have noticed many colorful drinks on store shelves with “water” in the title…

They’re anything but water!

What’s even more misleading: these products are promoted as “electrolyte enhanced.”

Sometimes, they’ll slap “No Sugar” in huge font on top of the bottle, too.

Their goal is to make you feel comfortable with your purchase.

To feel like you’re making a healthy choice.

That’s why they call it “water.”

But here’s the truth:

One bottle can contain over 30 grams of carbohydrates! 8

And 100 calories to boot.

And even though the “zero sugar” varieties aren’t as bad, they still contain carbs.9

Nothing like water.

A much better alternative is good old fashioned seltzer water.

And if you’re looking for added flavor, make sure to get a variety that contains 0 calories and 0 carbs (not even 1 or 2 grams).

Food #6: Squash

Before we get into squash, you should know that most vegetables are GREAT for managing diabetes.

They’re packed with fiber and nutrients that fill you up—without fat and carbs.10

However, some vegetables are considered “starchy” and contain less fiber and more carbohydrates than other vegetables.11

Besides squash, corn and potatoes are also considered “starchy” which means they’re best eaten in moderation.

Squash contain lots of carbohydrates

If you’re curious about how to fit starchy vegetables into your diet, this quiz can help you.

It’s not as if squash and potatoes are off limits forever.

But it’s worthwhile knowing how to incorporate these vegetables into a healthy diet.

Food #7: Fruit-Flavored Yogurt

Yogurt is wildly popular these days.

It’s convenient, inexpensive, and very filling.

So when you eat yogurt, it feels like you’re eating healthy.

But be careful.

The truth is, only plain yogurt fits into the category of “healthy food.”

In fact, fruit-flavored yogurt, frozen yogurt, and everything in between often contains more sugar than ice cream.12

On average, 1 serving of yogurt contains 31 grams of sugar.

An unacceptable number for managing diabetes. 

What’s worse: Such a small “meal” of 1 yogurt leaves us feeling famish and wanting more.

Which can lead to cravings for even more sugar, sending blood sugar levels even higher.

So fruit-flavored yogurt is best avoided entirely.


This is just a sample list of foods to avoid while managing diabetes.

But there are far more, thousands in fact.

Which presents a problem.

There are simply too many foods to keep track of to manage diabetes.

So our medical team thought of a better plan:

It’s a mobile app that automates your food choices, based on your lifestyle.

In other words…

You’ll never have to think about what to eat again

Just tell the app what you like to eat (even junk food cravings), and it’ll seamlessly integrate those foods into your lifestyle.

It’s the easiest way to manage diabetes. Period.

You can download it right now.

Once you click the link, you’ll be asked to let the app know if you have any diet restrictions (such as allergies).

Or if there are any foods that you just can’t stand…

Then the app will automatically tailor a meal plan to fit your lifestyle.

Which can make managing diabetes “second nature.”

Click Here To Never Think About What To Eat Again

Always consult a professional for medical advice.

Sources:

  1. Salt reduction (who.int)
  2. Diabetes and eating pickles: Safety, other foods, and more (medicalnewstoday.com)
  3. Medjool Dates: Nutrition, Benefits, and Uses (healthline.com) and Strawberries 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits (healthline.com)
  4. Diabetes and Pineapples: Do’s and Don’ts (healthline.com)
  5. Effect of the glycemic index of the diet on weight loss, modulation of satiety, inflammation, and other metabolic risk factors: a randomized controlled trial – PubMed (nih.gov)
  6. 11 Foods and Drinks to Avoid with Diabetes: Fries, Fruit Juice & More (healthline.com)
  7. No Pulp Orange Juice Drink | Less Sugar & Calories | Tropicana Trop50
  8. vitaminwater xxx – açai blueberry pomegranate | vitaminwater®
  9. vitaminwater zero sugar – gutsy watermelon peach | vitaminwater®
  10. Diabetic Food List: Best and Worst Choices (webmd.com)
  11. Starchy and Non-Starchy Vegetables: What’s the Difference? (webmd.com)
  12. 11 Foods and Drinks to Avoid with Diabetes: Fries, Fruit Juice & More (healthline.com)
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3 Comments

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