Americans consume more packaged, processed foods per person than their counterparts in any other country. But while processed foods are undeniably affordable and convenient, many also contain lots of fat, salt, and sugar,— and, if you have diabetes , they probably shouldn’t be on your shopping list. The problem is that you might have them around out of habit, and then rely on them when you get hungry. By avoiding these following unhealthy foods, you can greatly increase your health.
1) Chicken Nuggets– These finger foods dip nicely and satisfy hunger, but you’d do better to go for grilled chicken strips or a skinless breast.
2) White Rice– This is made with refined flour which offers very little nutrition in return for raising your blood sugar and it could be loaded with preservatives too. Try some of the wild rice blends.
3) French Fries-Few people realize how many calories even a small serving of French fries can contain. If you really like French fries bake them at home without oil.
4) Canned Fruit with Heavy Syrup– Eating more fruits and vegetables helps people with type 2 diabetes stay healthy and feel full. If buying canned fruit, buy it in its own juice instead of syrup.
5)Potato Chips– These add to your intake of calories, salt, and preservatives without providing much, if any, nutrition or fiber, which can help slow digestion a bit.
6) Soda– Having a lot of sodas, even sugar free sodas, in your diet frequently correlates with a diabetes diagnosis. Try club soda with a touch of fruit juice for flavor, but go easy on the fruit juice, it can be high in sugar.
7) Foods high in High Fructose Corn Syrup– Many foods contain this sweetener but keep in mind that both sugar and HFCS add calories to food. Try to avoid foods with both of these ingredients.
8) Processes meats– These can be heavy on salt, preservatives and hormones. Go for meats that are as close to their natural states as possible.
9) Fast Food Hamburgers– Try a grilled chicken sandwich with lots of veggies instead or a nice fresh salad.
10) Sugary Cereals– Breakfast cereals are usually loaded with sugar and they lack dietary fiber. Look for cereals with at least 5 grams of fiber or more.