7. Honey and Maple Syrup
People with diabetes often try to limit their intake of white table sugar to a minimum and stay way from sweets and cookies as much as possible. But other forms of sugar can also raise blood sugar levels. Natural sugars such as honey, agave nectar and maple syrup are processed in the same way as regular table sugar and are packed with calories. Most of these sugars contain even more calories than table sugar.
In a study among people with pre-diabetes, the pre-stage of diabetes, researchers saw a similar increase in blood sugar levels with the consumption of 50 grams of honey as with the consumption of 50 grams of white table sugar. The claim that maple syrup and honey would be better for people with diabetes than table sugar is nothing more than a myth. Therefore, just try to replace sugars for low-carb sweeteners.
8. Trans Fats
Industrial trans fats are extremely unhealthy. They are made by adding hydrogen to unsaturated fatty acids to make them more stable. Trans fats can be found in margarines, peanut butter, spreads, creamers and frozen dinners. In addition, food producers often add them to crackers, muffins and other baked products so that these products have a longer shelf life.
Trans fats do not raise your blood sugar levels directly, but they have been associated with, among other things, insulin resistance, abdominal fat, lower ‘good’ HDL cholesterol levels and poor functioning of the blood vessels. These effects are especially important for people with diabetes, because they already have an increased risk of heart disease. In the meantime, trans fats have been banned in many countries, and a global ban is even being pushed. But until then, especially if you have diabetes, you should avoid products that contain “partially hydrogenated” fats.