15 Diabetic Food Swaps to Lower Blood Sugar

Those with diabetes already know to check their blood sugar multiple times a day. On top of that, it’s important to restrict certain foods to avoid blood sugar spikes. Doctors almost always tell us that having a level blood sugar is better than having huge spikes that could cause damage to our blood vessels and other parts of the body.

As if that wasn’t enough, medical professionals are more than happy to tell someone what they can’t eat, and that can feel really limiting. Honestly, it can sometimes feel like there isn’t anything that’s okay to eat, especially for a person that’s super busy and relies on quick, ready-to-eat food. What are we supposed to eat? Water and cardboard. 

Nah! Thankfully, we’re here to say that you still have plenty of food options — it just takes a little more creativity and planning. Anyone with diabetes knows that you should stay away from salt that raises your blood pressure, but you can still get heat-‘em-and-eat-‘em foods by meal prepping. Instead of using a ton of salt, introduce your own herbs to amp up the flavor.

As far as foods go, you can make a few swaps here and there that are healthier and can help keep your blood sugar from spiking. You can still have sandwiches and some other favorites without changing too much. If you need a little help, here are 15 foods that can spike your blood sugar, and 15 things you can eat instead.

Avoid: Milk Chocolate

We’re sorry to say that your favorite treat isn’t the best choice. Milk chocolate has a lot of sugar and can easily cause blood sugar spikes even if you eat just a little of it. Just because milk chocolate isn’t on this list doesn’t mean you have to give up chocolate altogether.

And it’s not just sugar that you’ve got to worry about when it comes to eating milk chocolate. In addition to being a high calorie snack, it’s also quite high in fat. It might provide your body a bit of much-needed calcium, but the negative health effects definitely outweigh any potential health benefits. 

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