Choosing the right foods when you are a diabetic is an ongoing struggle. You have to think about, “how will this affect my blood sugar levels; how much of this can I have and is this good for me?” – along with many other questions that come to mind when you are choosing what to eat.
You are probably well aware of the fact that refined processed carbohydrates are a dangerous foods choice to pick when you are planning a meal or a snack. Take the guess work out of your diabetic diet and smack those dangerous foods out of your routine.
Dangerous foods for diabetics cause your blood sugar levels to rise and a plethora of health problems if consumed for a long period of time. This may come as a surprise but fruit produced nowadays are sweeter, larger than in the past due to new farming methods, fertilizers, catering to the large global demands of our ever increasing populations. As a result, the concentration of fructose in these fruits are higher than fruits growing in the wild. Fructose is a monosaccharide, aka, simple sugar. It is processed differently than other sugars. Fruit fructose is processed in the liver and then converted to very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) which contains high amounts of triglycerides and cholesterol. Now, glucose which is another type of sugar is processed in the digestive tract and then absorbed into the cells, in which way most sugar is but fructose is processed a lot differently.
Having high VLDL levels means you may have an increased risk of coronary artery disease which can eventually lead to a heart attack. Higher amounts and large VLDL particles are also associated with an increased risk of high blood pressure and stroke. Along with increased VLDL production, fructose can lead to inflammation, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, abdominal obesity, oxidative stress, renal damage and increased production of uric acid which is the main cause of gout. It also contributes to fatty deposits on the liver or aka medical term, fatty liver, which is similar to the effects of what alcohol does to the body.
Eating SMALL amounts of whole fruits is perfectly fine if you are diabetic (2 to 3 servings a week, not a daily basis, especially if you are working out). The best fruits are small berries and coconut due to their high antioxidant, nutrient and bioflavonoid content, but you MUST avoid any products that contain High-fructose corn syrup. The concentration of fructose in corn syrup is very very high and the impact on your health is severely damaging if you consume products with that in it, for a long period of time.
Another in the dangerous foods category diabetics must avoid is dairy. Pasteurized milk products – majority of the products found in grocery stores, have caused more health problems than we humans care to think about. In fact, pasteurized milk products are the number one allergic foods in the United States. Today’s cow’s milk contains 50-60 plus hormones, along with allergens, pain killers and antibiotics, that are given to the animals whilst they are growing and producing the milk you see in the grocery store. Also, valuable enzymes, vitamins (A, C, B6, B12) and amino acids are destroyed when the milk is pasteurized. Also, that vitamin D that you need from milk is a synthetic replacement (is stripped through pasteurization) is basically an additive, added back into the milk and has been known to be toxic to the liver.
All those commercials promoting milk for weight loss – the truth is the sugar found in milk called lactose actually promotes the body to store fat. Here is a list of other related health issues associated with dairy products.
- Diarrhea, cramps, bloating
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Respiratory congestion
- Heart disease
- Ear infections in children
- Breast, prostate and colon cancer
- Impaired immune system
- Autoimmune system
- Neurological impairment (autism and schizophrenia)
Alternatively, Almond and coconut milk are good choices. They contain higher amounts of vitamin D and calcium than cow’s milk. You can also get vitamin D and calcium from plant sources like dark leafy greens and spinach, broccoli or wild salmon have very high amounts and you can absolutely get adequate amounts from these sources.
Another option is raw milk, which has gained popularity over the years. It contains all the vitamins, enzymes and nutrients that are eliminated during the pasteurization process in regular cow’s milk. You might be thinking, isn’t raw milk dangerous?” the fact is there have only been 116 cases of food illness linked to raw milk from 1996-2006, which is a tiny fraction of the 76 million cases of food-borne illness each year in the U.S.
Just because the word diet is in front of it, doesn’t mean it is actually healthy for you or in the non-dangerous foods category. Not only do diet sodas hurt your waistline, they are linked to majority of other health problems. Infact, consuming diet soda can actually lead to weight gain. A 2005 University of Texas Health Science Centre study found a 57.1% risk of obesity for those people who drink more than two daily servings of diet soda a day. Aspartame, which is commonly found in most diet beverages, can actually raise blood sugar levels. Another study found that daily diet soda was linked to a forty-four percent higher chance of heart attack or stroke.
A 2009 Nurses’ Health Study of 3,256 women found a 30% drop in level of kidney function from participants who drank two or more servings of diet pop daily. Other studies with sucralose (aka Splenda) which is found in other sodas like, Coke Zero, Pepsi-One and Diet Coke, show a decrease in healthy gut bacteria and increased risk of gastrointestinal ulcers, which can lead to bleeding in the intestinal tract and stomach. This can also lead to malabsorption of nutrients and medications, which can lead to a whole new set of problems. Here’s a list of other associated problems with diet soda you can experience.
- Increased appetite
- Irritation of eyes, nose, ear, mouth, throat
- Respiratory distress
- Gastrointestinal tract issues – diarrhea, cramping, ulcers, bleeding
- Renal damage, long term
- Neurological problems – vertigo, seizures, brain damage, ADD/ADHD, frequent headaches
Some of this information may come as a shock to you, but all of it is fact. Avoiding these foods will not only allow you to manage your diabetes better and improve your health, but also reduce the risk of other health problems.
E240 – Three Most Dangerous Foods for Diabetics – www.diabetic.today