Foods To Avoid If You’re Diabetic

Now more than ever, Americans are dealing with the repercussions of consuming sugar in large quantities. Of course, not all types of diabetes develop as a result of diet choices, but all types of diabetes will affect future decisions regarding what you choose to eat. In 2015, over 9% of the American population had diabetes, and that number has only grown. Diabetes is a chronic disease that influences the body’s response to insulin.

It can be difficult to navigate which foods work best for your body. Keep reading to learn which foods you shouldn’t eat if you’re sensitive to insulin.

Stay Away From Sports Drinks

various flavors of Powerade sports drink sit for sale on a refrigerator shelf in a store on May 5, 2014 in New York City
Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images
Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Sports drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade like to market themselves as healthy choices for active individuals, but that’s just not the case. Many sports drinks contain just as much sugar as popular sodas. The electrolytes, sodium, and minerals in sports drinks are designed to rehydrate you quickly, but sometimes those beneficial ingredients come with a lot of carbs, sodium, and caffeine–all of which diabetics should avoid.

There are some brands of sports drinks that are okay for people with diabetes to consume, though. Always talk to your doctor to ensure that a drink like this is right for you.