5 'Low-Fat' Foods That Are Making It Harder to Control Your Diabetes
Walk through any supermarket, and you’ll see low- and reduced-fat versions of your favorite foods lining the shelves. Are these picks the better choices? “Usually, foods that are not naturally low in fat but that are made to be low in fat have sodium or sugar added,” says Ana Reisdorf, RD, CDE, a nutrition consultant in Lake Forest, California. “Fat provides flavor and makes things taste good. So when you remove it, you need to make the food palatable again.”
Because of this, lower-fat and fat-free foods can end up with a significantly higher amount of sugar and carbs, which can complicate meal planning for people with diabetes. These foods can be consumed in moderation, but paying attention to the kind and amount of fat you consume can help you better manage your weight and blood sugar, not to mention reduce your risk of heart disease, which is linked with diabetes.
Next time you’re jotting down your shopping list, consider cutting back on these low-fat foods if you have prediabetes or diabetes.