16 Sneaky Foods That Can Increase Your Diabetes Risk

By Eloïse Reyns / Nutrition / November 9th, 2019

16. Processed and Ready-to-eat Meals

Processed and ready to eat meals, diabetes

We often have hectic lives with barely enough time to have a lunch break, so we’re making processed and ready-to-eat meals our go-to food choice.

Euromonitor, the world’s leading independent provider of strategic market research, says that the UK spends £4.7 billion on ready-to-eat meals each year, and that value is expected to grow.

The National Institute of Health found that people who eat processed and ready-to-eat meals consume about 500 more calories per day than people on an unprocessed diet. These people also eat faster and, consequently, gain weight. These meals can ultimately lead to obesity, which is a cause of type 2 diabetes.

Processed and ‘ready-to-eat’ foods don’t contain most of the essential nutrients our bodies need, making them devoid of any real benefits. Consuming ready-to-eat food means that you are essentially eating empty calories, which not only provides zero health benefits but also won’t keep you satiated for long. Ready-to-eat meals should be avoided; they rank among the worst foods to eat. It is encouraged that you cook and eat fresh food as much as you can to absorb as many nutrients as possible.

Also Read: 10 Tips For Eating Healthily With Type 2 Diabetes


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