What we eat is very important to our health, but for diabetics it is even more important to maintain a balanced diet. Having diabetes means that you will need to be extremely careful when preparing meals and making sure that you cut down on or avoid the danger foods.
People with diabetes have to be very careful when eating certain foods. The intake of foods with a high sugar content and / or a high carbohydrate content need to monitored very carefully.
Below is a list of foods that are either high in sugar content, or have a high carbohydrate content.
Foods with a high sugar content
- Sugar, bread, toast and potatoes… Reason why. All have a high carbohydrate content.
- All sweetened drinks (aerated waters. etc.)… Reason why. Variable but high content of sugar.
- All beers, liqueurs and other alcoholic beverages. (With the exception of Whisky, brandy and dry wine…) Reason why. All contain a high and variable content of sugar.
- Jams, marmalade, honey, syrups, treacle’s and chocolate… Reason why. All contain a Large proportion of sugar.
- Most Jellies, as purchased… Reason why. Variable content of sugar.
- Cakes, flours and pastries… Reason why. Very high carbohydrate content.
- Most pudding, tarts and pies… Reason why. Very high carbohydrate content.
- Milk puddings, rice, sago, tapioca, arrowroot, barley… Reason why. Very high carbohydrate content.
- Blancmange and custard powders… Reason why. Almost entirely carbohydrate.
Other foods that are high in sugar content, or have a high carbohydrate content.
- Batter and Yorkshire pudding… Reason why. Very High carbohydrate.
- Biscuits… Reason why. Variable and very high carbohydrate content.
- All thick soups… Reason why. Thickened with flour.
- All breakfast cereals… Reason why. Variable and very high carbohydrate content.
- Sausages… Reason why. Variable amount of bread present.
- Most “diabetic foods” ( e.g. gluten bread). Reason why. Many contain starch; composition often not known.
- Glycerine… Reason why. Used for sweetening and for preserving jams. It also has the same sugar value, weight for weight as sugar itself.
Try to avoid diabetic foods. It is believed that these types of food are no lower in fats, or calories as ordinary food, not to mention their expense. Although the sugar in these type of foods is replaced by a substitute the substitute may be another form of sugar such as fructose, but is more likely to be a chemical called sorbitol, if this chemical is taken excessively it will cause diarrhea. Both fructose and sorbitol contain as many calories as sugar.