Great Foods at the Grocery Store for Type 2 Diabetes
Did you know that there are many great food choices for you at the grocery store when you have Type 2 Diabetes? Even though you should not be eating sugar, which is an ingredient in many of our grocery store foods, you can find alternatives.
That’s because the demand for sugar-free foods started in the 1970s when William Duffy released the book, Sugar Blues. The book became a bestseller, and people were awakened to the fact that sugar was indeed causing damage to people’s health. Duffy made the point that sugar was destroying people’s mental sanity, as studies of those who were mentally ill found that symptoms of mental illness were worsened when the patients ate sugar. The symptoms of low blood sugar mimic those of mental illness.
You can find foods that are sugar free in the produce section. Fruits are naturally sweet, and if you have a sweet tooth, you don’t have to eat foods devoid of sweetness. Think of how naturally sweet ripe fruit is, such as watermelon.
What can you get that is suitable for you as a Type 2 diabetic? Here is a great diabetes grocery list that includes foods that are low in sugar, yet taste great:
- Strawberry shortcake cakes (and the strawberries along with whipped cream)
- Madeline cookies – any cookies that are primarily flour and fat such as butter with only a tad of sugar such as Madeline cookies are a good choice.
- Crackers that are made from whole grains – these traditionally don’t have any sugar in them.
- Dried fruit – check the labels carefully on dried fruit, but you will find that some dried fruit such as raisins and figs have no sugar added to them. They can’t be eaten in amounts larger than a serving size so do check the label to make sure you have this amount right.
- Pure juices with no sugar added to them – Pineapple is naturally sweet and pineapple juice doesn’t need any sugar or high fructose corn syrup added to it.
- Vegetables that are naturally sweet – Have you discovered that celery when it’s cooked is sweet? What about sweet corn? However, sweet corn is not recommended because it has been so genetically engineered that it will raise your blood sugar levels.
Even when you are creating foods such as muffins and waffles, you don’t have to add sugar. Just use applesauce to substitute for the sugar, watch the consistency of the muffin or waffle mix and you will have a naturally sweet product. It won’t be so sweet that it’s nauseating like some other foods on the market, but it will be sweet enough.
As you decrease the amount of sugar and sweet foods you consume, there are two things to remember:
- Do not use artificial sweeteners as a substitute for sugar. These are damaging to your health and create addictive eating behavior.
- Remember that your taste buds will change. Every few days, your taste buds readjust. Thus, if you are eating a lot less sugar in your diet, you’ll see that when you go back to eating higher sugar content foods (by mistake), they will feel too sweet and you will be nauseated. It’s your body’s way of saying, “Hey, what are you doing? I was happy with a lower sugar content… what do I have to do to you to make you realize you were, too?
Use this info and start eating foods meant for you with Type 2 Diabetes. They are out there.