New Delhi: A careful balance of lifestyle habits, including your diet and fitness regime, is essential to control type 2 diabetes along with proper medication. But it can be extremely tricky when it comes to navigating proper nutrition, especially with foods that seem healthy but can actually wreak havoc on your blood sugar levels and increase the risk complications associated with diabetes. Wrong food choices can make it difficult to lose or maintain weight.

If you’ve just been diagnosed with diabetes and are confused about what to eat and what to avoid, here’s a list of foods you should avoid to help prevent blood sugar spikes and other serious consequences. These foods can also promote excess belly fat and potentially harmful cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Read – Type 2 diabetes: The 5 best nuts for blood sugar control and weight reduction

Sugary beverages

For people with diabetes, sugary beverages – such as carbonated soft drinks, fruit punch, and other sweetened drinks – are the worst drink. They are loaded with fructose, which is strongly linked to insulin resistance and increased risk of obesity, belly fat, fatty liver and heart disease.

Trans fats

Research shows reducing intake of industrially made trans fats helps lower the risk of heart disease. Found in found in margarines, peanut butter, creamers, and spreads, trans fats are also linked to increased inflammation, insulin resistance, and belly fat. Read – Here’s a simple Indian diet plan for type 2 diabetes: 3 tips to lose belly fat, lower blood sugar

Fruit smoothies

Sure, they seem healthy but smoothies, on the other hand, have most of the fibre removed when they are made. Plus, it’s very easy to drink large amounts at once, which means you could be consuming a lot of extra calories, carbs, and sugar.

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