16 Everyday Foods That Can Increase The Diabetes Risk

By Eloïse Reyns / Nutrition / November 9th, 2019

5. Packaged Snack Foods

Packaged Snack Foods, diabetes

Packaged and fast foods, particularly those high in sugar such as baked goods, sweets, chips, and desserts, should be considered unhealthy and avoided. Packaged snacks like crisps are often high in unhealthy fats, which typically consist of inexpensive, refined seed and vegetable oils that may have been hydrogenated, leading to the formation of trans fats. Although vegetable oils are readily available to consumers, they are extremely unhealthy.

A large part of your daily sugar intake is hidden inside various packaged and processed foods, many of which are marketed as healthy. Manufacturers often plaster their packaging with health claims, making some items seem healthy when they’re actually full of added sugar.

The most common examples include labels like “natural”, “healthy”, “low-fat”, “diet”, and “light”. While these products may be low in fat and calories, they’re often packed with added sugar. These labels are also in highly colourful, attractive packages that make them easy to spot and they are often found in two-for-one deals and discounts.

This ease of access to apparent “healthy” foods can be our downfall. With our often fast and hectic lifestyles, food preparation is way down on our ‘to do’ list. This leaves us looking for shortcuts, especially when it comes to food. Added sugar can be difficult to detect, so the easiest way to avoid added sugar is to avoid highly processed goods, selecting unprocessed, whole food in their place. Pre-packaged or processed foods also contain high amounts of sodium, MSG, and artificial colours and are low in fibre and nutrients.

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