Gill Stannard

Monday, January 16, 2006

Breaking the sugar cycle

Highlights from "Health Trip" January 16 2006
Breaking the sugar cycle

Got on the sugar train these holidays and don’t know how to get off? Try some of the following:

Introduce bitter foods like lemon juice and salad mix.

Eat every 4 hours to keep blood sugar levels stable.

Choose savoury, unrefined foods.

Eat complex carbohydrates – nuts, seeds, beans, whole grains (oats, brown rice, millet, barley etc) or protein, for slow release energy.

Try fruit (the organic fruit in season at the moment is stunning – think white peaches, mangoes, nectarines, plums…) to sate the sweet urges.

The Indian herb Gymnema temporary blocks the sweet receptors on your tongue, take a few drops when you feel the desire to eat sugar. It is also a useful herb for diabetes.

Chromium is an important mineral for regulating blood sugar. It is normally low in pregnancy and when you have a virus. Look at taking a supplement.

Caffeine effects blood sugar levels as well, so cut down on the coffee.

Alcohol is s potent form of sugar, so ease off on the drinks as well when you are trying to break your sugar addiction.

Artificial sweeteners are generally not a healthy option.

Be wary of high fructose corn syrup. Research indicates this is metabolised differently from sugar and may be a potential health hazard.


S said...

hullo Gill,

How is high fructose corn syrup labelled here and is glucose syrup okay for a sugar? I had a look on the net when i read the effects of hfcs and didn't find anything about how glucose syrup was made or any translations of how hfcs is labelled in Australia. Maybe high fructose corn syrup is glucose syrup in Australia?
Thank you for the info and the show.


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