Miracle Foods to Tame That Sugar
By Joe Wilkes
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Something that has recently received a
lot of media attention is how our bodies are affected by blood sugar levels.
Blood sugar levels indicate the amount of glucose that is present in our blood.
High levels of glucose (hyperglycemia) trigger the pancreas to produce the
hormone insulin to help the body use the glucose for energy and store the
excess as fat. Low glucose levels (hypoglycemia) cause us to feel hungry and
tired and crave more sugar.
Your blood sugar spikes when you get a
large, rapid dose of sugar which gives you a rush of energy, followed soon by a
crash. This is the so-called "sugar coma" you get after a big meal or a sugary
treat. Eating small, regularly spaced meals throughout the day can prevent the
spiking, and keep your body burning fat at maximum capacity. Going on crash
diets, or eating one big meal a day, can cause your body to enter starvation
mode and begin storing calories as fat rather than burning them for energy.
Different foods burn differently in your body, and thus the
Glycemic Index was created. Foods with high numbers, such as sugars and simple
starches like white flour, potatoes, and white rice have high numbers and will
cause your blood sugar levels to spike. Foods containing complex carbohydrates
such as apples, beans, grapefruit, peaches, and peanuts will deliver sugar to
your body more slowly and evenly, giving you energy over a longer period of
time, without spiking. By keeping your diet on the low end of the Glycemic
Index, you will burn fat more efficiently.
Recently, studies have been completed
on two common ingredients that have been shown to help regulate blood sugar
levels and even promote weight loss.
While neither of these ingredients has
been conclusively proven to be a magic bullet for weight loss or blood
sugarrelated illnesses like diabetes, there appears to be little downside
to adding a little vinegar or cinnamon to your diet. This isn't a license to
eat giant frosted cinnamon buns or salt-and-vinegar potato chips, though. That
would be a bit like drinking a martini for the nutritional benefits of the
Your best bet for keeping your blood
sugar stable and your body running efficiently is still to eat several
evenly-spaced, small-portion meals throughout the day, filled with fruits,
vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fat. But why not add a
little vinegar and cinnamon to your diet? It's cheap, it's easy, and it might