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9 Worst Foods for Diabetes (and What to Eat Instead)

Written by Cara Stevens, Medically reviewed by Scott Pearlman, M.D.

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1. Pancakes and donuts

Touted as the most important meal of the day, breakfast can really set the tone for your sugar levels, energy and confidence for the rest of your waking hours. Foods high in sugar, fat, white starches and processed fruits can spike your sugar and give you a hard crash by the time you reach the door. Instead of pastries, pancakes, fruit bars, jelly, sugar cereal, granola, or white toast, opt for a high protein, low-fat meal. Egg whites, whole wheat toast, oatmeal, turkey bacon, ham or whole grain cereals like Kashi or Grape Nuts are all flavorful, healthy alternatives to start your day off right.