5. (Sweetened) Breakfast Cereals
Cereals in themselves are not bad for you and for many people they are a great start to the day. But eating (sweetened) cereal is one of the worst ways to start your day if you have diabetes. Despite all the good health claims on the boxes, most grains are not very pure and contain a lot more carbohydrates than many people realize. Moreover, they provide very little protein, a nutrient that can help you feel full and keep your blood sugar levels stable during the day. Even ‘healthy’ breakfast cereals are not a good choice for people with diabetes. For example, only half a cup (55 grams) of muesli cereals contains 30 grams of carbohydrates. In addition, each serving only delivers 7 grams of protein per serving. To keep blood sugar and hunger under control, it is better to leave the cereals in place and opt for a high-protein breakfast with low carbohydrates instead.
6. Flavoured Coffee Drinks
Coffee has been associated with various health benefits, including a reduced risk of diabetes. Coffee drinks with a taste, however, should be seen as a liquid dessert rather than a healthy drink. Studies have shown that your brain does not process liquid and solid foods in the same way. When you drink calories, you do not compensate by eating less later, which can lead to weight gain. And there are quite a lot of calories in these kinds of drinks. For example, an Ultra Caramel Frappuccino contains 540 calories.
In addition, flavored coffee drinks are also full of carbohydrates. Even light versions contain enough carbohydrates to significantly increase your blood sugar levels. For example, a 454 ml caramel frappuccino from Starbucks contains 67 grams of carbohydrates and the same size caramel light frappuccino contains 30 grams of carbohydrates. To keep your blood sugar under control and to prevent weight gain, opt for regular coffee or espresso with a tablespoon of cream and, most importantly, without sugar.