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Sugar

Sugar

Admin99 | 1st January 2021

When we eat food that contains carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy), our body releases insulin, which mops up the glucose molecules and shuttles them into our cells to store as energy. These unrefined foods also contain fibre and protein and are therefore digested slowly, providing stable energy levels.

When we ingest sugary foods and refined carbs, our sugar levels quickly spike and then quickly dive again as insulin does it’s job. This leaves us feeling low and can lead to cravings and cycle repetition. In more extreme cases, insulin resistance, diabetes and other morbidities.

Many of us spend the day on a blood-sugar rollercoaster. Cereal and juice in the morning, sandwiches and a fizzy drink for lunch, pasta or pizza in the evening. Coffee with sugar, a glass of wine in the evening. 3pm chocolate anyone?

A Nutritionist can help you to get off the blood-sugar rollercoaster.

Three things you can do to help yourself stabilise blood-sugar levels are:

  1. Eat protein with each meal.
  2. Choose wholefoods over refined and convenience foods.
  3. Try to eat foods with a low glycaemic load (low GL foods) which take longer to digest.

This is particularly important if you are struggling with energy levels, erratic moods, cravings or are diabetic or prediabetic.