|Posted by food hugs on April 3, 2013 at 4:50 AM|
It's the curse of our time.
Sugar, sugar everywhere and not a bite to eat!
The human body has all the equipment to eat carbohydrates, like oats, wheat and rice, for example, break them down into mush, digest them and use the end product, glucose, as the fuel for living our lives. Like petrol in a car. The amount of glucose in our bloodstream at any one time is called our 'blood sugar'.
However, in order to protect itself, our bodies have a mechanism for ensuring that our blood sugars don't go too high or too low. They need to be maintained within quite a narrow range.
When we eat wholegrain versions of these foods, like wholewheat breads, brown rice, porridge, the digestion process is slowed down due to the fiber included in a wholegrain. This means that the 'petrol' is delivered in a steady, slow fashion, perfect to keep us going during the day. Our blood sugar is stable.
The problem arises when we take in quantities of sugar, or refined carbohydrates, like white pastas, breads and rice, which deliver such a surge of glucose in the bloodstream, that the body has to work to bring it backdown to normal. It does this by releasing insulin to force glucose out of the blood stream to be stored as glycogen in the muscles and liver, or as fat, if the glycogen stores are full. However, when the glucose level drops, you feel hungry, craving another glucose boost and so the cycle starts again.
Other symptoms of your blood sugar going up and down during the day, like on a rollercoaster, include: mood swings, anxiety, poor concentration, cravings, excessive thirst, energy slumps, insomnia.
There are some ways to keep your blood sugars even during the day:
It does take a little bit of planning to avoid sugar and a little bit of time to retrain our taste buds. Follow the tips above, and you'll be off to a good start.
Categories: Healthy Eating Tips