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  • Writer's pictureWayne Drury

Foods That Spike Blood Sugar Levels

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Today, we delve into the intricate world of diabetes management. exploring a crucial aspect of maintaining stable blood sugar levels.  Our goal is to help you understand the foods that can unexpectedly send blood sugar levels soaring. Whether you're newly diagnosed or a seasoned warrior in the battle against diabetes, knowing which foods to be cautious of is key and here are some: 


Food Not to Eat 


White Bread and Refined Grains:  Foods made from refined grains, such as white bread, white rice, and pasta, can cause a rapid spike in blood sugar levels due to their high glycemic index. I make sunflower seed bread as a white bread alternative, and you can easily make it with this recipe. 


Sugary Beverages:  The Sugar Trap. Sodas, fruit juices, energy drinks, and sweetened teas are laden with sugar and devoid of nutrients. They cause a quick surge in blood sugar levels, followed by a crash.  A solution that works for me is putting 1/3rd glass of diet soda in a glass filled with sparkling water.   


Processed and Packaged Snacks:  These contain high levels of sugar and salt, which are not good for anyone. I avoid them and make popcorn.  


Sweetened Breakfast Cereals: I have not found any that do me any good. Starting your day with these can set the stage for blood sugar spikes and crashes later in the day and it is easy to come up with alternatives. 


Fruit Juices and Dried Fruits:  While fruits are nutritious, their juices and dried forms can concentrate the sugars, causing a rapid increase in blood sugar levels. I enjoy fruit as much as the next person, but it is all in moderation. If you want the juice, think about mixing it with sparkling water.  You get the taste without the load of sugar. 




Knowing about these blood sugar culprits can help you make informed choices to manage your diabetes better. Moderation is key and incorporating various nutrient-rich foods into your diet is essential for a better quality of life living with type 2 diabetes.  


Best wishes and please check with your healthcare provider before making any changes to your type 2 diabetes treatments 

Vancouver, Canada 

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