Maintaining a Safe, Healthy Diet for Diabetics

7 Foods Diabetics Should Never Eat

Diabetes is a serious condition of the pancreas, but it is manageable. It can occur in people of all ages, but it is most common in adults who are obese or have a family history of the condition. It is caused by constant blood glucose spikes from eating an unhealthy diet. In fact, there are certain foods diabetics should never eat.

For people with diabetes, the pancreas becomes exhausted from having to produce so much insulin to keep the levels stable. After a while, it cannot function normally anymore, so the patient has to start taking insulin supplements, whether through medications or injections. Both the injections and medications have a multitude of side effects, so it is common for diabetics to try to control their condition by improving their diet instead.

Maintaining a healthy diet is very important for people with diabetes. Be sure to consult with your doctor or a dietician to ensure you have a proper meal plan in place, and are getting the proper nutrients your body needs.

Now, let's take a look at seven different foods diabetics should never eat.

Fruit Products

Fresh fruit is full of fiber and nutrition, so it is a healthy choice for a diabetic who wants something a little sweet. However, if the fruit is dried or made into a juice, it becomes concentrated with fructose that can spike their blood glucose levels.

Things like apple or orange juice in the morning can be dangerous if had in large quantities. It's important to note how much sugar you're consuming so you can moderate your diet. A good alternative would be adding some lemon or lime to water to give it a bit of extra flavor.

Products Made With White Flour

Most kitchens in the U.S. have several pounds of white flour on hand. It gets used in all kinds of sauces, gravies, and baked goods. Unfortunately, it is not healthy for people to eat since it acts like other sweets do inside the body, and even the fortified versions of it have very little nutrition.

There are other types of flour that diabetics can use though, such as coconut flour, almond flour, and whole wheat flour. If you're doing some baking or cooking at home, try to incorporate these alternatives instead. And don't be afraid to check the labels of other products at the grocery store to try and limit the amount of white flour you bring home to eat.

Fatty Cuts of Meat

A multitude of studies have proven that regularly consuming red meat dramatically increases the likeliness of someone getting diabetes, and once someone has the condition, eating red meat can worsen it. Because of this, it is better for diabetics to eat strictly lean meats or stick with a vegetable-based diet.

Of course, this doesn't mean you have to immediately switch to a vegetarian diet. Instead of steak, opt for chicken breast. Or, try to incorporate things like "No Meat Monday" into your routine to help cut out meat and increase the amount of vegetables you're consuming.

Whole Milk Products

Fatty milk products that come from cows have high levels of saturated fats in them, so they are just as bad for diabetics as red meat. There are vegetable-based versions that are much healthier, such as almond milk or coconut milk.

Switching to a plant-based milk is a great step, but you can also  look for other dairy alternatives such as cheese made with nuts, dairy-free ice cream, or even coconut-based yogurt products. Don't be afraid to go exploring in your grocery store to mix things up a bit.


Wine, beer, and liquor are made with a fermentation process that causes them to induce dangerous fluctuations in a person's blood glucose levels. The non-alcoholic versions of them are just as bad, so there is not much that a diabetic can do except avoid alcoholic products all together.

If you are going to have a drink, make sure it's in moderation.


Most cans of soda have about 16 tablespoons of sugar in them. Even a few sips of the sugary substance will cause a spike in blood glucose levels. Diet sodas that have artificial sweeteners can have the same effect.

Instead of drinking soda, try a carbonated water instead. There are tons of flavors you can try that have less sugar, but still provide the same bubbly consistency.

Chips and Snack Foods

Most regular snack foods are made with white flour or tons of sugar. They have a lot of carbs, so diabetics cannot eat them.

There are many other healthy snack food options available, such as vegetable sticks or kale chips baked with olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. Almonds and walnuts are good too, and they are loaded with omega 3 fatty acids that are great for the body.