Affecting 1.8 Million Australians, diabetes is the world’s fastest growing chronic disease with two people developing the disease every 10 seconds.
It’s National Diabetes Week this week, and so we are discussing the worst foods for your blood sugar.
Most people think they know what foods are high in sugar, but glucose can be hiding where we least expect it. Everyone associated chocolate, soda and lollies with sugary danger foods when talking about diabetes, however the below foods are equally as risky and will cause a spike in your blood sugar.
1. White Rice/Pasta/Bread – Food made from refined white flour are easily digestible starch and which will raise your blood sugar level, instead it’s best to opt for brown versions.
2. Chinese Food – Dishes that are high calorie, high fat, high sodium, and high carb can spike blood sugar dramatically. Dishes to avoid include fried entrees, orange chicken, sweet and sour dishes and anything served with a sugary sauce. If you are craving Chinese, prepare something at home using steamed veggies and low sodium, low fat condiments and flavourings.
3. Potatoes – They might be a vegetable but they are far from healthy, potatoes are notorious for increasing blood sugar because they’re digested into the bloodstream quickly. A healthier option is to swap potatoes for sweet potatoes.
4. Energy Bars – Although energy bars can seem like a healthy snack it is important to read the label! Energy bars are often made from refined flours and sugars and can have a higher sugar content than a Mars Bar! Choose bars that are made with nuts, whole grains and fewer natural sweeteners.
5. Bananas and Melons – Although seen as a healthy choice, not all fruits are created equal. Fruits such as banana, grape, pineapple, stone fruit and melons are all high in sugar. Apples, blueberries and other berries are the better option with less sugar content.
6. Fruit Juice & Smoothies – Although often marketed as healthy, these types of drinks can have just as much, if not more sugar than a soda. Make your own smoothie so you know exactly what is in it, reach for low sugar fruits or vegetables like kale and spinach.
By Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse Pharmacist Carolyn Clementson