6. Fatty Cuts of Meat
You’ll want to avoid high-fat cuts of meat for the same reason as whole-milk dairy – they’re high in saturated fats. Saturated fats in meat raise cholesterol and promote inflammation throughout the body, and can also put people with diabetes at even greater risk for heart disease than the average person. Choose lean proteins, including skinless chicken and turkey, fish and shellfish, and lean beef.
7. Packaged Snacks and Baked Goods
Aside from all the sugar, junky white flour, sodium, and preservatives they contain, packaged snacks and baked goods – like chips, pretzels, crackers, cookies, doughnuts, and snack cakes. Trans fats increase your “bad” (LDL) cholesterol, lower your “good” (HDL) cholesterol, and raise your risk of heart disease. They’re also even more dangerous than saturated fats, especially for people who have type 2 diabetes. In fact, no amount of trans fats is deemed safe for you to incorporate into your diet.
Before you go for a predinner cocktail, or even a glass of wine with dinner, check with your doctor to make sure that it’s safe for you to drink alcohol, since it can interfere with your blood-sugar levels. If you do drink, keep it in moderation. “Moderation” is generally defined as no more than one serving per day if you’re a woman, and no more than two if you’re a man. A typical serving is measured as 5 ounces (oz) of wine, 12 oz of beer, or 1.5 oz of distilled liquor.
9. Fried Foods
You may have a weakness for french fries, fried chicken, potato chips, fried dough, and the like, but kicking this craving will be better for your health in the long run. Fried foods typically soak up tons of oil, which equates to lots of extra calories and many are coated in breading first, jacking up the numbers even more. Overdoing the greasy stuff can pack on the pounds and cause blood-sugar chaos. To add insult to injury, some foods are deep-fried in hydrogenated oils that are laden with unhealthy trans fats.
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