Everyday Health | If you have type 2 diabetes – or even if you don’t – you’ve learned about the importance of making healthy mealtime choices.
It’s especially important is staying away from foods that can spike your blood sugar like crazy.
That’s because simple carbohydrates break down into sugar, which then enters the bloodstream.
This can lead to insulin resistance, which means your body’s cells don’t respond normally to insulin.
Here are the top food foods you should avoid for better blood sugar control.
Researchers from Harvard found that people who ate five or more servings of white rice a week increased their risk for developing type 2 diabetes, while people who replaced at least a third of their white-rice servings with brown rice lowered their risk.
The reason is that white rice has little fiber, especially compared with brown rice, and fiber can help keep blood sugar levels stable.
Who would think this everyday staple could add to diabetes risk? The problem is that your body quickly digests products made with refined flour, such as white bread, and this quick digestion can cause your blood sugar to rise.
Researchers have also found that people who eat more whole grains and fewer refined grains — including white bread — have less of the type of body fat that can trigger heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Fast food is tempting, especially when you’re hungry and in a hurry. But most fast food is high in fat, calories, and salt, all of which can increase your risk for type 2 diabetes, reduce your chances of weight-loss success, and send your blood sugar soaring.
A study found that eating a fatty fast-food meal spiked blood sugar levels by 32 percent in healthy people who didn’t have diabetes. Read the full story at Everyday Health.