For seniors with diabetes, it is important to keep track of blood sugar levels. Most seniors with diabetes already make an effort to make sure that the food they consume will not aggravate their diabetes, but there are also hidden dangers in foods that might not be instantly recognizable. Here are 7 foods that seniors with diabetes should avoid.
Canned, Bottled, and Concentrated Juices
Unless explicitly stated otherwise on the label, processed juices often contain some type of added sugar. For those who have diabetes but would like to enjoy some juice, it is better to squeeze their own with fresh fruit, or only consume juices that they are certain do not contain added sugars. Smoothies made in fast-food eateries have similar issues. Adults in their golden years with diabetes should opt for homemade juices and smoothies so that they have control over the ingredients that go into them. Making your own juices and smoothies also ensures freshness since you can pick your own fruits from the store.
Bananas, Melons, and Pitted Fruits
These fruits contain more fructose than others. While fruits are a great source of fiber, minerals, and vitamins, those with diabetes should be mindful of the type of fruit they are consuming. Instead, pick up some apples, grapes, or strawberries.
Coffee does have some great benefits. It can enhance cognitive function and contains antioxidants that help eliminate the free radicals that contribute to cell aging. Typically, however, the bottled coffees or blends that are found in coffeehouses contain large amounts of sugar which can cause blood glucose levels to spike. Instead, opt to make coffee at home with nonfat creamers and sugar substitutes.
Creamed sauces are often made with butter, margarine, cream, and/or cheese. A combination of these can raise the blood sugar level and contribute to excess weight gain. This is because creamed sauces are also heavy in carbohydrates and calories. Instead, opt for alternative ways to top your pasta or vegetable mixes. These can include yogurt, silken tofu, or avocado for a creamy texture.
Desserts such as pastries and cakes are high in fat and sugar. Those with diabetes should only indulge in desserts sparingly. Alternatively, desserts can be made at home using recipes crafted with diabetics in mind.
Large amounts of white rice are not recommended for diabetics. White rice is rated high on the glycemic index and has a high carbohydrate content. Once in the body, white rice breaks down and converts to sugar easily. Instead, opt for brown rice or other grains for a low glycemic diet.
Your average cereal from the grocery store typically contains a high amount of sugar. Instead, start your day off with egg white or turkey bacon. A bowl of homemade oatmeal is also an invigorating, hearty start to the day.
A Diet that Works for You
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