Processed foods are everywhere and they are popular for a reason: They are quick and easy to eat. But there is a catch: They may increase your type 2 diabetes risk.
Processed foods are dried, frozen, or have certain chemicals or preservatives added to them. This can make them:
- longer-lasting in stores and in your home.
- easier to prepare and eat.
Higher amounts of sugar, salt, and other preservatives are sometimes added to processed foods and these additives may increase your diabetes risk.
Some examples include:
- Frozen dinners
- Boxed pasta meals made with refined white ﬂour instead of whole grains
- Soda or other sugary drinks
- Canned foods
- Sugary breakfast cereals
- Processed meats such as hot dogs, sausage, bologna, ham, or packaged lunch meats
- Packaged cakes and cookies
- Packages snack foods such as chips or crackers.
Recent studies have found that women with higher acid levels in their blood were two- thirds more at risk of type 2 diabetes than other women. High acid levels are linked to eating processed foods.
Other study findings include:
- Women who ate more fruits and veggies were less likely to get type 2 diabetes, since they balanced the amount of acid in their blood.
- Both overweight and normal weight women showed a higher risk of getting type 2 diabetes when they ate foods that caused high acid levels.
- High acid levels may prevent insulin from working properly. This may lead to high blood glucose and diabetes.