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

Written by Cara Stevens and Medically Reviewed by Scott Pearlman, M.D.

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6. Buffets

The idea of an all-you-can eat buffet can send even the most conscientious type 2 diabetes sufferers into a guilt spiral, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Hit the salad bar first and fill up on greens, then avoid creamy soups and go for clear broths. Go for color in your choices with fresher, less-processed foods like steamed vegetables over fried; sweet potatoes over baked or mashed; broiled, grilled or baked meats instead of fried and sautéed; low-fat meats like fish and chicken over steak and fresh salads. Avoid toppings that are creamy, fatty, thick or gooey like gravy, cream cheese, sour cream, cream sauce and creamy dressings.