Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a lifelong condition. For that reason, if you are a diabetic you have to rely on long-term comprehensive therapy, including diet control and change, exercise, and medication, to keep blood glucose level under control. When it comes to diet therapy, it often means that you should eat more some certain foods while giving up some others. Although you have kept careful watch over your diet, some “bad foods” can still keep blending in. And those that easily escape your attention are honey, pumpkin seeds, sesame jam, and the like.
Newer data shows that about 85 percent of honey is sugar, of which about 45 percent is glucose and 5 percent sucrose. As you know, glucose can be directly absorbed and sucrose is easy to be digested and absorbed. After the consumption of honey, both of them will be absorbed fast and intensely, which then causes large fluctuations in blood sugars. Since consuming honey makes blood glucose levels rise, stay away from it especially when you haven’t kept your blood sugar on an even keel yet.
Besides of glucose and sucrose, other ingredients of honey also include 35 percent fructose, of which the absorption is not subject to the insulin. As a result, fructose has little effect on blood sugar levels. Sometime earlier it was reported that some researchers claimed that eating honey is good for patients with diabetes type 2 because they had found a substance similar to insulin in it. In fact, these researchers are not the only one holding this view. Advocates for conventional medicine also think that not only it is harmless it can help manage type 2 diabetes. However, considering the high sugar content they also agree that it does not fit all diabetics.
Because diabetic patients feel hungry all the time, many of them keep peanuts and pumpkin seeds to snack on since they contain less sugar but can quickly satisfy hunger and their carb cravings. However, the bad news is that nuts belong to high-calorie foods because they contain more fat. In other words, they still raise blood sugar levels if you don’t limit their consumption or reduce the corresponding amount of the staple food.
Some argue that pumpkin seeds can help with blood sugar control. And some sellers see business opportunities and use it as a stunt. However, this is misleading and not possible although they contain less sugar and dietary fiber. The fact is the mentioned benefits are easily offset by their high content of fat and protein, about 46.7 g fat per 100 g seeds.
So, restricting nut intake is recommended for diabetics. Generally 15 to 20 grams of the shelled nuts are the appropriate daily consumption. And don’t forget to put it in the total amount of calories you should eat per day too.
Delicious sesame jam is one of nutritional foods. It is a pity that diabetic patients should cut it from their diet. This is because this is a high protein food, containing 20 grams of protein per hundred grams. Given that protein metabolism in diabetic patients is often disordered, uncontrolled diabetes tends to cause less protein synthesis but more decomposition in muscle and liver. At this time excessive intake of sesame jam can cause excessive glycation (sometimes called non-enzymatic glycosylation in plasma and tissue proteins. As a result, protein excretion will be affected.
In a nutshell, the above-mentioned 3 foods should be avoided in sufferers of type 2 diabetes although they have very high nutritional value. This is because they tend to get you in trouble by causing disorders of protein metabolism and spikes in blood sugar.