Top 10 Most Unhealthy Holiday Foods For Diabetics

Which classic food traps should you avoid this holiday season?

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Yes, the holidays are all about those delicious but not-so-healthy holiday treats. Which seasonal delicacies are secretly loaded with sugar and unhealthy fat?


1) Candy Canes are tiny, but they’re still packed with sugar. Though they don’t contain any fat, just one candy cane could give you 10 grams of sugar.

2) Candied Yams are made with diabetic-friendly sweet potato yams, but they are topped with up to 6 full cups of sugar. That could give you over 40 grams of added sugar and over 400 calories in one helping.

3) Potato Pancakes are basically fried white potato. It contains healthy mono and polyunsaturated fats, but one serving can still contain 10 grams of carbs with only 1 gram of fiber.

4) Gingerbread is made with diabetes-fighting super-spices like, obviously, ginger, and also cinnamon and cardamom. But these are baked goods, containing white flour, butter, and large doses of added sugar. 1 gingerbread cookie could contain about 5 grams of fat and 15 grams of carbs.

5) Creamed Spinach may start with a healthy leafy green base, but the huge amounts of cream and added sugar make this a naughty holiday dinner side. One serving could contain about 75% of your saturated fat daily allotment.

6) Glazed Ham is a delicious holiday dinner centerpiece, and while some cuts of ham can provide positive nutrition, glazed ham is already a highly processed meat product. And, of course, it’s topped with added sugar to make the glaze. Just 6 ounces could give you 6 grams of sugar.

7) Fruit Cake may contain fruit, but that doesn’t make it healthy. Yet another baked good, this holiday classic uses dried fruit, which has concentrated levels of sugar. Just 1 slice could give you 15 grams of fat and over 400 calories.

8) Coffee Dessert Drinks are a new holiday tradition, but the insane levels of added sugar in these drinks makes these one of the least healthy winter-time treats. Some larger coffee dessert drinks can contain upwards of 500 calories and 75 grams of sugar.

9) Eggnog, especially the store-bought varieties, will be loaded with added sugars, high fat content, and unhealthy chemical emulsifiers and preservatives. Because they use raw eggs, this drink that’s synonymous with the holidays runs the risk of giving you food poisoning.

10) Pecan Pie is considered by many nutritionists to be one of the most unhealthy desserts for the holiday season. Just 1 slice could contain over 30 grams of sugar. 1 small slice could give you over 500 calories and 25 grams of fat.

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