Salads have often been recommended for type 2 diabetics and even though salads are a healthy option many are unaware of the dangers that it could contain that will play havoc for the blood sugar levels. Low-fat and fat-free dressings often end up adding more carbohydrates than one expects. Two tablespoons of fat-free French dressing contain 10 grams of carbs. A portion of fat-free ranch dressing has 11 grams of carbs.
As the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or the body’s cells are resistant to insulins effects, there is too much sugar that stays in the bloodstream.
Over time, the beta cells of the pancreas can wear out as a result of pumping out more and more insulin in an attempt to lower the blood sugar levels.
One of the major factors affecting blood sugar is the type and amount of food consumed.
Carbohydrates have the greatest effect on the blood sugar levels compared to other foods.
When people with type 2 diabetes consume too many carbohydrates at a time, their blood sugar levels will rise to dangerously high levels.
Over time this spike in blood pressure could cause damage to the body’s nerves and blood vessels and could lead to heart disease, kidney disease and other serious health conditions.
Cinical nutritionist, Pia Pizzolato from Cornell University said: “Being more aware of the carbohydrates you eat, or counting the carbs in your meals, can help you match your medication or activity levels to the food you eat.
“This can help you to better control your blood glucose.”
Foods that contain the highest carbs:
- White bread
- Certain cereals
- Chips and crackers
Certain salad dressings also contain high levels of sugar which will cause havoc with the sugar levels for type 2 diabetics.
With so many hidden ingredients in salad dressing the best option is to try and make it yourself at home.
Using ingredients of oil, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, salt, pepper and herbs you can make a delicious alternative with less unnecessary carbohydrates and sugar.
Pizzolato said: “Everyone needs a different amount of carbohydrates. The amount that is best for you depends on your age, height, weight, level of physical activity, current blood glucose level, and your blood glucose targets.
“Your doctor or dietician will give you specific carbohydrate targets for each meal and snack.”