8 Foods To Avoid If You Have Diabetes

Refined grains

Refined grains like white bread, pasta, and rice are high in carbs but low in fiber, which can increase blood sugar levels more quickly than their whole grain counterparts.

Sweet beverages

Not only are sugar-sweetened beverages like soda, sweet tea, and energy drinks lacking important nutrients, but they also contain a concentrated amount of sugar in each serving

Fried foods

Fried foods have a lot of trans fat, a type of fat that has been linked to a higher risk of heart disease. What’s more, fried foods like potato chips, french fries, and mozzarella sticks


People with diabetes are generally advised to limit their alcohol intake. This is because alcohol can increase the risk of low blood sugar, especially if consumed on an empty stomach.

Breakfast cereal

Most varieties of breakfast cereal are very high in added sugar. Some brands pack as much sugar into a single serving as some desserts.


Candy contains a high amount of sugar in each serving. It typically has a high glycemic index, meaning it’s likely to cause spikes and crashes in blood sugar levels after you eat.

Processed meats

Processed meats like bacon, hot dogs, salami, and cold cuts are high in sodium, preservatives, and other harmful compounds. Furthermore, processed meats have been associated with a higher risk of heart disease

Fruit juice

Although 100% fruit juice can be enjoyed from time to time in moderation, it’s best to stick to whole fruit whenever possible if you have diabetes.

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