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Foods to Avoid With Diabetes

Updated on April 28, 2016

No-No foods during diabetes

A balanced meal plan is important for everyone. If you have diabetes, eating properly balanced meals and snacks is even more important. Food is an important tool that you can use to control diabetes and stay healthy. It is always advisable to avoid some foods if you are diabetic such as refined sugar, jam, molasses, fruit sugar, pastries, soft drinks, cream and fried foods. White sugar and white flour should be reduced drastically. Fats like butter and hydrogenated vegetable oils should also be avoided. Avoid soft drinks since these have a lot of sugar.

This hub lists some commonly known foods to avoid with diabetes. Read on and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Eating a balanced meal plan can help you:

  • Control blood sugar levels
  • Control blood pressure
  • Control cholesterol levels
  • Reduce the risk of health problems caused by diabetes.

List of foods to avoid with diabetes:

1. Sugar: White sugar, honey, jaggery, cake, jelly, jam, icecream, pastries, canned juice, chocolates, pie, syrup, doughnuts, artificial sweeteners, cream and cookies foods should be avoided with diabetes.

2. Fried foods: Don't fry foods instead bake, sauté or boil in a pan. Otherwise you can steam vegetables.

3. Read labels: Soy sauce, MSG, brine contains a lot of sodium. Always try to limit your sodium content.

4. Salad dressings: Limit the use of dressings such as mustard, salad dressing, mayonnaise and avocado. They are high in sodium.

5. Cheeses: Try to limit the use of cream cheese, butter, cottage cheese and margarine.

6. Refined flours: Another important food to avoid with diabetes is refined flours. Avoid pasta, white bread, all purpose flour (maida), pretzels, puffs, pizza and processed foods.

Avoid white flour or all purpose flour
Avoid white flour or all purpose flour

7. Fruits: Fruits such as mango, grapes, custard apple, strawberry and prunes (dates) should be avoided to lower the blood sugar level.

8. Starchy vegetables: Avoid starchy vegetables such as potatoes, parsnips, squash, and go easy with carrots, beans, peas and beet.

9. Fruit juices: Limit the use of fruit juices. They are high in carbs than fresh fruit. If you like fruit juices as a drink, then take 1 part of fruit juice with 3-4 parts of water.

10. Smoking and alcohol should be avoided with diabetes.

11. Cut back on foods that are high in cholesterol such as egg yolks, high-fat meat, poultry, and high-fat dairy products.

12. Oils: Avoid hydrogenated oils or partially hydrogenated oils. You can use canola or olive oil which is good for diabetes.

13. Other foods: Olives, bacon, yam, dried fruits, junk foods and nuts (peanuts) should be avoided with diabetes. You can have some nuts rich in mono unsaturated fat such as almonds, pecans and walnuts.


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      Debbie banks 

      23 months ago

      I would love to tell you I have diebeties 2. I found out about 3 weeks ago I nelly dropped to the floor I am trying to find out about a diet to follow and do the wright way so many things can happen to you if you don't follow the diet to all of yours people that have diebeties please follow the program it will help you thank you to the diebeties people that have helped I would like to be heathy and eat the wright foods and exercise properly to be fit again thanks Debbie

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      2 years ago

      It is obvious that the writer does not consider portions. With proper portion control you can eat half of the items that were listed above. No to avocado, strawberry, bacon ???? ridiculous. There is nothing wrong with a normal portion of any of these as they will barely cause a budge in your blood sugar level. Luckily there is information that annuls this ridiculous article.

      The writer did not mention apple. In 6-7 large apples there is more sugar than the recommended daily intake. This is the problem when someone without the knowledge starts spreading the words.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This is a great list of foods to stay away from. I have found that even with all of the foods you can't eat there are still plenty you can.

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      4 years ago

      it does not make sense to me. you can control it in a simple method. before you eat anything sweet like sugar, just drink a little glass of lime. or better still before you sleep at night drink the lemon ginger tea. in the morning check your sugar level, u will be very surprise.

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      5 years ago

      Just spent an hour reading about what food I should or shouldn't eat with Type 2. SO many political angles...the lists depend on far too many personal opinions rather than science. Many venture into other things to be avoided which have nothing to do with diabetes...such as "avoid sodium"...why? Explain what that has to do with diabetes. Also, way to many conflicts on the list of with you can peas. I found them listed on a list of "AVOID THESE FOODS AT ALL COSTS...and Ive found them on lists of things okay to eat.

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      6 years ago

      your article is horrible what we can eat then ? so what's the point of living

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      6 years ago

      This list is extremely misleading......I've been a type 2 diabetic for over 10 years, and have been to a diabetes educator and a dietician who both emphasize that diabetics can eat anything, it's a matter of portion control and carb counting. I've done that, and have managed to keep my blood glucose under good control.

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      7 years ago

      God rewards U Dr. For ur kindness.

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      Pauline Venters 

      7 years ago

      there are a lot of things i don't understand years ago diabetics were told to limit potatoes and bread as they turn into glucose when eaten now they are saying eat them i can't see that they sudenly have stopped turning into glucose. My partner has recently been diagnosed and he was given these sheets and underneath it says why only the sugary things appeared to be to do with diabetes the rest said it avoids high colestrol or its good for the heart etc etc it would appear that while they have got you they want to control your diet for the good of your overall health and hope that you wont notice

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      7 years ago

      So that is all we have to avoid huh? Just take me out behind the barn and put me out of my misery.

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      7 years ago

      yo guys i been diabetic like 2 years i know when my sugar is going down or up any way i mean the diabetic person he/she should to have a good control for their sugar blood and they need to be normal all the time for any question am here

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      thelma lopez 

      7 years ago

      After reading this article on diabetis for me it looks like there is nothing left for the patient to eat everything has

      to be avoided.It will take you soon to the grave ha ha ha!!!!

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      Nwankama Nwankama 

      7 years ago

      This article seems to leave only water for diabetics to eat. It's so unrealistic.

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      7 years ago

      What on earth can we eat??!!!! Is there anything left?

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      8 years ago

      First time I've ever seen someone saying "dont eat avocados" Gotta disagree with you on that one. I credit oatmeal and avocados for turning my life around. I eat avocado on almost everything, literally 2-3 of them a day. I have transformed myself into 195 lbs of muscle and maintain BS levels (used to average in the mid 300s, or higher)

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      8 years ago

      Very good article indeed but I have heard that cheeses are good source of proteins for diabetic people?

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      Lily's Free Blood Glucose Meter 

      8 years ago

      Fruit juices are one of the greatest pitfalls for diabetics - it seems harmless until you check and see your sugar levels have just went sky high

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      8 years ago from WI, USA

      I like your list. I would consider myself to be a "bad diabetic." I have had type 1 diabetes for a long time and it's helpful to see the things I could improve on in a list. Thank you very much.

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      8 years ago

      "Fruits such as mango, grapes, custard apple, strawberry" - awww.. I love strawberries! But life has to change.

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      8 years ago

      What's left to eat? I've given up many things that I love so far, and I'm not willing to do this. Maybe we could just dring Crystal Light -- oh, wait -- can't do that -- artifical sweeteners. Absurd. I'm a cook, and I cook light in fats, sodium and sugar, and it's not easy. That's it for me. If I die, at least I'll go with a satisfied smile on my face. I'm willing to take the change.

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      9 years ago

      I,thaks for the information.I have type 2 diabetes and from now on I will keep to your advice.

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      9 years ago from Virginia

      You're being too general. Type One and Type Two usually follow different diet plans. And as Neal UK said, diabetics DO need carbohydrates, they just need to be controlled.

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      9 years ago from India

      So many restrictions! what does a person with diabetes eat?

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      Neal UK 

      9 years ago

      This article is very misleading. Diabetics need carbohydrates such as potatoes and all vegetable intake should be increased to bulk out regular meals. Avoiding obvious high sugar and processed fat products is the basic advice but portion control and a healthy balance is the real key. It's anything in moderation after that.

    • blessedmom profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from USA

      Hey Smarty pants,

      See this link for foods you can eat with diabetes...

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      govind narayan sharma 

      9 years ago

      what you have left to eat


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