High Sugar Foods
Used in large amounts, high sugar foods can cause an abnormally high rise in blood sugar. This is due to the quick digestion of carbohydrates in the intestinal tract, which turns into glucose causing quick entry into the bloodstream.
If your body does not contain enough insulin to handle this surge of high sugar foods, blood sugar levels can rise too high. The following list is of high sugar foods that can cause difficulties with diabetic management. If you use carbohydrate counting as part of an eating plan, you may be able to use these techniques to incorporate some of these foods into your meals.
High sugar foods are often high in fat and calories and contribute little nutritional value. If you are looking to cut back on sugar for health reasons, or for weight loss, avoid the following foods until you meet with a dietitian to learn if they can be included in your diet.
List of High Sugar Foods
- Alcohol: Sweet wines, liqueurs, cordials.
- Carbonated beverages with sugar, including regular soda.
- Sugar coated cereals.
- Chewing gum with sugar.
- Dates, figs and other dried fruits.
- Desserts containing sugar.
- Cookies with filling or frosting.
- Ice cream, including sodas, shakes and sundaes.
- Ice milk.
- Gelatin dessert, sweetened.
- Fruited yogurt.
- Jelly and Jam (non-dietetic).
- Special “dietetic” foods.
- Sugar-sweetened fruit drinks (Kool-Aid, Hi-C, etc.).
- Sweetened condensed milk.
- Syrups (maple, molasses, etc.)
Alcohol may interfere with the management of diabetes. Always consult with your doctor or dietitian before consuming alcohol.
Perhaps you are aware that today diabetics do not have to give up their sweet treats entirely, thanks to artificial sweeteners. There is a wide range available that you can fit into your diet program.
Sweeteners that contain calories, called nutritive sweeteners, will affect your blood sugar. These sweeteners are all carbohydrates and contain four calories per gram. Non-nutritive sweeteners contain few, if any, calories and are therefore called non-caloric sweeteners. These will have no effect on your blood sugar so people with diabetes can use these types of sweeteners. You will find artificial sweeteners have different cooking properties and tastes. You may want to try a variety, depending on the way you wish to use them and according to your taste.
See also: Sugar and Sugar Substitutes