Sunday, November 22, 2015

Processed Food and Type 2 Diabetes

I am not a doctor or a nurse and I don't have Type 2 Diabetes. So this writing comes from what I have read about the condition and what I've seen in those who do have Type 2 Diabetes.
I think by now we all know that processed food is bad. It is the cause of obesity and diabetes. Why? Because it's processed with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), sodium and a lot of chemicals.

But what really irks me, no I'm way past being irked, what makes my head explode is when a diabetic says..."we can't have anything with sugar, so we buy sugar free ice cream" or “the pie has to be sugar free”. But then I see these same people eating processed food, as if they don't understand anything about processed food and diabetes or the consequences of high fructose corn syrup, not to mention the sodium.
What seems to be a common misconception with diabetics is they think sugar is only in desserts. Sugar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are preservatives in processed foods, not just pies and cakes.  You'll find them in canned, packaged and frozen dinners.

Below is an excerpt from an article from DiabetesHealth website, it's a basic and simple way to remember what a diabetic should and should not eat:

Here is an example of high fructose corn syrup in processed food. This is the ingredient label from a 12 oz. can of Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce. You'll notice it has 4 ingredients, 2 of them are sugars, for a grand total of  21 grams of sugar per 2 ounce serving!  This is the sort of food diabetics should RUN from, it's worse than the sugary pie or ice cream:

In contrast, below is the nutrition label from a 56 ounce carton of Red Button Raspberry Cheesecake Ice Cream.   The sugar content is  15 grams per 4 ounce serving.


To all diabetics, if you insist on eating processed food, please read the labels and educate yourself!!  If you don't know what processed food is, or you think high fructose corn syrup is 'OK' then it's time to have a talk with your doctor!!

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