People go on glucose-free diets for a number of reasons, whether for the desire to live a healthier, sugar-free lifestyle or due to diabetes. Glucose is a simple sugar found in corn syrup, starchy foods like potatoes and common snack foods like cookies, sugary cereals and some fruit juices. Due to the growing awareness of sensitivity to glucose, more alternatives for glucose-free foods are entering the market. Glucose gives the body energy, but too much of it can turn to fat stored in the body and can be dangerous for people with diabetes.
Poultry, Fish and Eggs
Try a delicate white fish, such as sea bass or halibut, with light seasonings free of sugar, including lemon pepper and garlic. Bake chicken or turkey prepared with olive oil and a spicy seasoning such as paprika, or for a more natural taste, thyme and rosemary. Eggs can be cooked in numerous ways—from scrambled and lightly salted to omelet-style with fresh, cooked veggies such as mushrooms and peppers. These healthy food options provide necessary protein without much fat and no glucose.
Spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots and cauliflower all deliver a healthy dose of necessary vitamins and minerals without added glucose. Veggies are an important component of any healthy diet and should be eaten several times a day. Raw vegetables contain more of the body's required nutrients than cooked vegetables. For variety, grill or saute veggies with olive oil or prepare a vegetable salad with a light balsamic dressing.
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds offer tons of nutrients, including protein, antioxidants and fiber. These delicious snacks have a low glucose index, health benefits such as minimizing heart disease, and are both rich and filling. There is a danger in over-eating nuts due to the high amount of calories in these little treats. Snack in moderation, and avoid salted nuts. Cashews, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts or sunflower seeds can satisfy snack cravings without simple sugars.