Just a few years ago, we started to hear countless things about diabetes and how almost everyone is suffering from it. Our love for sugar might be the reason or just our unhealthy choices.
There are over 29 million people who died from diabetes in the United States, which is 10% of the population and according to CDC, diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the country. This is not good news!
Don’t worry though because diabetes is absolutely preventable and can be controlled easily, as long as you keep your medications close and your cravings far. From popular restaurants, here are the unhealthiest meals for diabetics.
#1 – Roasted Garlic and Farfalle with Chicken: Cheesecake Factory
Nutrition: 164 g carbs, N/A fat (58 g saturated), N/A fiber, 1,830 mg sodium, N/A protein, N/A sugar, 2,190 calories.
The Cheesecake Factory could be known for anything, except for a diet “central”, so if you are trying to lose some belly fat, then you have to avoid it completely.
However, the Farfalle with Chicken and Roasted Garlic is actually very tasty, but with double the carbs that you need for one day. Instead, you can order Seared Ahi Tataki Salad and Edamame.
#2 – Eggplant Parmigiana: Olive Garden
Nutrition: 113 g carbs, 54 g fat (12 g saturated), 23 g sugar, 11 g fiber, 30 g protein, 1,190 mg sodium, 1,060 calories.
The duo that always takes us back to Olive Garden is the salad, unlimited soup, and breadstick lunch duo. It is as cheap as $6.699. But unfortunately, this is not a good choice for diabetics.
As well as the Eggplant Parmigiana that contains enough carbs to put any person with diabetes into a hyperglycemic state right after consumption. Instead, you can order Chicken Margherita.
#3 – Chipotle Waffles & Chili’s Crispy Honey
Nutrition: 276 g carbs, 123 g fat (39 g saturated), 113 g sugar, 11 g fiber, 61 g protein, 5,720 mg sodium, 2,450 calories.
One of the most important things to address is that waffles and chicken are one of the worst carbs in the United States. 276g of carbs is not a joke. In fact, it is similar to eating 14 peanut butter cups of Reese.
So in order to keep your blood sugar stable and healthier, it is best to avoid this dish and order Grilled Avocado with 6-ounce sirloin.
#4 – Classic Combo: Applebee
Nutrition: 193 g carbs, 131g fat (41 g saturated), 21 g sugar, 83 g protein, 7,250 mg sodium, 2,280 calories.
The classic combo of Applebee is certainly a diabetes disaster due to its fat and carbs content. Those numbers are extremely dangerous for the blood glucose level. Plus, 83g of protein is too much for one meal.
It can lead the diabetic to have a microvascular complication, which means kidney disease or damage. Scientifically, it is called nephropathy. In all cases, you can order Green Godden Wedge Salad.
#5 – Buttermilk Pancakes with Fruit Topping: Cracker Barrel
Nutrition of the pancake alone: 11 g carbs, 16 g fat (3 g saturated), 9 g sugar, 2 g fiber, 9 g protein, 2,640 mg sodium, 630 calories.
This seems like a great option for breakfast, but when you have all those nutrition, then you add sweet ripe blackberry, country peach, cinnamon spiced apple, and whip cream, then technically you are eating over 380 calories.
A nice bowl of oatmeal with fresh fruit is the better option, for sure.
#6 – Full-Rack with Coleslaw & Seasoned Fries: TGI Friday’s Jack Daniel’s® Ribs
Nutrition: 73 g carbs, 73 g fat (25 g saturated), 126 g sugar, 7 g fiber, 69 g protein, 2,860 mg sodium, 1,600 calories.
According to the American Heart Association, you should not consume more than 25g of sugar per day, and since this dish is filled with ribs that are 5 times more sugary than the average, then it is obviously a major red flag.
Instead, you can order grilled chicken with balsamic vinaigrette and the strawberry fields salad.
#7 – Shrimp Linguini Alfredo: Red Lobster
Nutrition: 118 g carbs, 59 g fat (24 g saturated fat), 5 g sugar, 8 g fiber, 80 g protein, 2,410 mg sodium, 1,340 calories.
This is another dangerous meal that has a large number of proteins that can truly harm people with diabetes. With one simple dish, you will be exceeding your protein limit, which will put you in danger.
You have to discuss your protein intake with your doctor before consuming any dish like this. Till then, you can order Lighthouse Snow Crab Legs, it is delicious and healthy!
#8 – Thai Chicken Pizza: California Pizza Kitchen
167 g carbs, 45 g fat (15 g saturated), 10 g fiber, 27 g sugar, 63 g protein, 3,190 mg sodium, 1,290 calories.
California Pizza Kitchen makes some really nice pizzas, but the carbs content is what holding us from moving towards it. In general, we have to keep in mind that only one carb choice = 15g of carbs, which is why diabetic women should have only 3 or4 carb choices during lunch and dinner, while men should have 4 to 5 choices.
This pizza takes care of your lunch and dinner carb allowance. You can order spinach flatbread and shaved mushroom instead.
#9 – Gluten Free Pasta with Rigatoni Campagnolo: Carrabba
Nutrition: 158 g carbs, 45 g fat (18 g saturated), 19 g sugar, 19 g fiber, 52 g protein, 6,730 mg sodium, 1,210 calories.
Once we hear about “gluten-free” meal, we immediately assume that the dish is healthy. Well trust us, it doesn’t always mean that. In fact, this gluten-free dish has more carbs than the whole grain spaghetti. You can instead order a half portion of Parmesan-crusted chicken and steamed spinach aside.
#10 – Boneless Asian Zing: Buffalo Wild Wings
Nutrition: 184 g carbs, 74 g fat (29 g saturated), 62 g sugar, 12 g fiber, 77 g protein, 5,330 mg sodium, 1,710 calories.
This one is the perfect example of sugar, carb, and protein overload. The numbers of the nutrition listed indicate the large portion size. So you can instead order the small portion, but it is best to avoid it completely and order 5 single wings of any flavor, traditional and boneless.