Granted not all foods are created equally; some contain lots of added sugar and will put your blood sugars up. It is always worth thinking about the overall quality of your diet but it doesn’t mean any foods should be banned if you enjoy them. There are lots of other reasons we eat what we do besides nourishment and staying healthy. Here are some things to consider:
- What is the portion size? If eating just for the flavour, have a small bit. Decide on the portion before you eat it to help this.
- How frequent do you eat this food? If you regularly eat something that puts your blood sugars up it is likely your diabetes won’t be as well controlled. But a rare occasion is unlikely to affect your overall control.
- If you carbohydrate count to take insulin then no food needs to be avoided
- You can get support from a diabetes specialist dietitian if you are struggling to get the right balance for your diabetes control (referral through another healthcare professional such as your GP or practice nurse)