9 Foods to Avoid When You Have Type 2 Diabetes

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2. Fruit Juice

While fiber-rich whole fruits are considered healthy carbohydrates for people with diabetes, fruit juice is another story. People with diabetes should avoid drinking juice, even 100 percent fruit juice. Fruit juice contains more nutrition than soda and other sugary drinks, but the problem is that juices have concentrated amounts of fruit sugar and therefore cause your blood sugar to shoot up. Plus, sipping fruit juice doesn’t fill you up the same way that eating a piece of fruit does. If you want a refreshing drink, go for zero-calorie plain or naturally flavored seltzer with a spritz of lemon or lime.

3. Dried Fruit

Although dried fruit contains fiber and many nutrients, the dehydration process causes fruits’ natural sugars to get super-concentrated. While snacking on raisins or dried apricots is better for you than eating a cookie, it’ll still send your blood sugar soaring. Skip the dried fruit and instead stick with fresh fruit options, such as grapefruit, cantaloupe, strawberries, and peaches.

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