10 Dangerous Foods for Diabetes

These foods can can cause blood sugar spikes or increase your risk of diabetes complications.

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Pancakes and Syrup


A plate of pancakes with syrup is a total carb explosion and one of the absolute worst breakfast choices for someone with diabetes. Most pancakes are jumbo-sized and made with junky white flour, so downing a stack of three large flapjacks can be the equivalent of eating seven slices of white bread! Of course, the toppings make matters worse. Butter is loaded with artery-clogging saturated fat, and a typical half-cup pour of gooey pancake syrup adds 16 teaspoons of straight sugar to your breakfast! This starch-and-sugar overload will send your blood sugars into a tailspin (not to mention, help you pack on the pounds). Next time you're at a diner, bypass the pancakes and instead order a low-carb, protein-rich egg white omelet stuffed with vegetables.