Foods to Avoid with Diabetes

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If you are a diabetic patient, it doesn't mean that you have to stop eating the foods you love, you may need to eat some of them in smaller portions. By following a healthful and balanced diet, you can easily manage diabetes and enjoy the food which you love to eat. A healthy diet can also influence how well you feel and how much energized you are each day. Below we have mentioned the list of food items that people with diabetes should limit or avoid.



There are three main types of carbohydrates present in food which are starch, sugar, and fiber. The body breaks the starch and sugar down into glucose. A person with diabetes should be careful when choosing which carbs to eat as it directly affects the blood sugar levels of the body more than other nutrients. Avoid food such as

  • white bread, and cereals
  • baked goods made with white flour
  • foods with added sugar



All grains contain starch, but whole grains are good sources of fiber, which can help to slow the absorption of glucose into the blood. Whole grains are packed with essential vitamins and minerals, which makes them a better choice than refined carbohydrates for people with type 2 diabetes. Limit or avoid food such as

  • baked goods containing white flour such as tortillas, cakes, and muffins
  • white rice, white bread, and white pasta



Protein does not seem to directly affect blood glucose levels, but the other components of high-protein foods such as fat and carbohydrates may cause an increase in blood sugar levels in the body. Protein foods that are also high in fat are not good for a diabetic person as they can lead to weight gain and high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the body. Proteins to avoid include:

  • red meat and processed meats
  • breaded, fried, and high-sodium meats
  • deep-fried fish



Dairy foods are a great source of calcium, protein, and vitamins. They also contain a sugar called lactose. People with diabetes can include dairy products, such as milk, yogurt, and cheese in the everyday diet but only as long as they account for the carbs in their daily count. Dairy foods to avoid or limit include:

  • whole milk, milk-based drinks with added sugar
  • full-fat yogurt
  • full-fat cottage cheese
  • full-fat sour cream


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Fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables provide essential fiber, vitamins, and minerals which help to manage blood sugar levels in the body. It is best to avoid or limit the following:

  • dried fruit with added sugar
  • canned fruit with sugar syrup
  • fruit drinks and fruit juices
  • canned vegetables with added sodium
  • pickles that contain sugar or salt



Fat can provide essential fatty acids, such as omega-3, which is an important part of a healthful, balanced diet. Fat also helps the body absorb various essential vitamins such as A, D, E, and K. However, people with diabetes should be very careful when choosing types of fat to include in the diet.

Fats to avoid or limit include:

  • butter cream-based dressings or dips
  • full-fat mayonnaise
  • French fries and potato chips
  • breaded and battered foods
  • burgers and most fast foods



Sugary foods, sweets, and many desserts are made mostly of sugar and considered to be low-quality carbohydrates. They often contain little to no nutritional value and can also increase blood glucose levels. Sugar can also cause weight gain and increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Foods that are often high in sugar include:

  • doughnuts
  • baked goods, such as pastries, cakes, and cookies
  • pizza dough premade fruit-flavored yogurts, desserts, muffins, and candy bars
  • sodas, sweetened iced tea, and lemonade
  • flavored coffee drinks and chocolate drinks


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