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Up, down, up, down: Here's why your blood sugar's on a rollercoaster

by , 04 December 2013

“Food is the most potent weapon in your fight against diabetes,” says Dr Mark Hyman, author of The Blood Sugar Solution. That's because the right foods can help you manage your blood sugar, while the wrong ones can lead to dangerous spikes. Here are some foods you should avoid and others you should include in your diet to get off the blood sugar rollercoaster…

If you suffer from low blood sugar, you’re more likely to feel temperamental, moody and cross. You’re also more likely to put something that’ll elevate your blood sugar into your mouth as well.

Don’t!

When you elevate your blood sugar through bad-for-you foods, your blood sugar is more likely to come spiralling back down – FAST. And your problem will start all over again.

Here’s what you can do to prevent it.

Five foods you should avoid if you want to stabilise your blood sugar

If you want to keep your blood sugar in check, avoid the following foods, advises WebMD:

  1. Caffeine
  2. Sugar-free foods: They’re high in carbs from starches, fat and fibre – all of which are bad for your blood sugar.
  3. Energy drinks: They contain three times more sugar than a can of Coke.
  4. Dried fruits: Two tablespoons pack the same amount of carbs than a small piece of fruit.
  5. Red meat and bacon: Studies show eating lots of red meat and processed meats such as bacon and cold cuts, which are high in saturated fat, contributes to the development of type II diabetes.

Five of the best blood sugar stabiliser foods

According to sharecare.com, the following foods are some of the best blood sugar stabilisers out there:

  1. Spinach, kale, chard and other leafy greens
  2. Nuts
  3. Sardines: They’re a great source of fat and protein that actually slow the absorption of blood sugars in your body.
  4. Chia seeds
  5. Hummus – this because chickpeas help regulate the absorption of the sugars from the starch so your blood sugar stays on an even keel.

There you have it. Smart dietary changes you can make to keep your blood sugar in check. Rethinking that cupcake on your desk aren’t you?

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