The Worst Foods for Diabetics (Even Ones That Seem Healthy)

In 2015, over 9% of the American population had diabetes, and that number has only grown. Diabetes is a chronic disease that influences the body’s response to insulin. Once people get diagnosed with diabetes, their diet significantly changes.

Some foods that appear healthy are actually detrimental. Many contain hidden sugars, preservatives, and salts that can be hard to spot on the nutritional label. Read on for the worst foods for diabetics.

Replace White Bread With Wheat Bread

A woman holds two slices of white bread.
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Despite what some people believe, people with diabetes can eat bread. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) encourages it–but only if you eat whole grain bread in moderation. Because of its high glycemic index, white bread raises peoples’ risk of diabetes, according to research in Diabetes Care.

Registered dietitian Susan Weiner says that whole-grain bread has higher fiber, which improves your glycemic response. Because white bread does not have that fiber, it’s more likely to spike blood sugar. You can buy whole-grain options for your favorite breads, including sourdough and rye.