Blood sugar regulation is a hot topic these days. Diabetes has become an official epidemic, and it seems that no one knows what to do about it. Often times, I hear recommendations to keep sugar out of the diet, but just replace them with artificial or “no calorie” ones. Honestly, that just makes me super upset. The body doesn’t really know what to do with, or how to digest, artificial sugars. When the body doesn’t know what to do with something that is ingested, it causes inflammation in the body. Inflammation can reveal itself in the form of digestive issues, weight gain, hormonal imbalance, joint pain & stiffness, and the list goes on and on. My thought is, if you are going to eat something sweet, eat the real thing! The “real thing” includes whole fruit (not juice), raw sugar (turbinado), maple syrup, molasses, honey, evaporated cane sugar, or even coconut sugar.
Back in the day when we didn’t have grocery stores to get our food, and we had to hunt and gather our food (OK, I guess that was WAY back in the day), we used the sweet taste to know if something was ready and safe to eat. So, in a way, we are hard-wired for that sweet fix. The problem with it now is that we eat an excessive amount of the sweet stuff. We eat something sweet, have the following blood sugar rise and fall, crave more sugar, and the cycle begins again.
Sugar (a form of carbohydrates) burns very quickly in the body. This is great when we need a quick burst of energy, but is not great for long-term energy. If you are going to eat something sweet, pair it with a longer-lasting energy source, such as fats or even proteins. Pairing fats/proteins with a fast-burning carbohydrate source will help to slow down how quickly the carbohydrate (sugar) is burned, leaving you with less of a crash and more sustained energy. Think about when you have a piece of fruit for a snack (which is great!). Instead of just eating that banana/apple/pear, eat it with some nut butter, or whole nuts, or even a hard-boiled egg. This combination will be much more satisfying and satiating, keeping you feeling fuller for longer without having the crash later on.
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