Future Former Fatty Blog 104: Sugar-Friend or Foe To Your Blood Sugars?
Is sugar or friend or your foe to your blood sugars? We know sugar is in almost everything processed. Cookies, cakes, pies, ketchup, barbeque sauce, cereal, breads are food we eat every day heavy in sugar. Let’s not forget products such as pasta, potato chips, and crackers all either have sugar or convert to sugar in the body. We are all experts on what sugar does to our bodies. Sugar makes us fat and affects our blood glucose levels leading to diabetes.
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Is sugar ever our friend? Absolutely. Let me show you ways sugar can have a positive affect on our lives.
- Fruits are composed of natural sugar. They also are high in vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. Eating fruits can help stave off and fulfill cravings for something sweet. They digest slowly in our bodies; therefore, they do not affect our blood glucose levels adversely unless eaten in excess at the time. For instance, an apple is a wonder fruit. High in fiber, nutrients, and vitamins, and it is filling and an apple has positive influences on our blood glucose levels. But if you eat an apple and several other fruits at one sitting, well, as in everything, anything in excess including fruit can elevate blood sugars.
- Whole-wheat grains are better than processed white flour. Any time you see the word ‘enriched’ before the word ‘flour’, run, fast. Whole-wheat grains, pasta, breads will be kinder toward your body and your blood sugars than processed flour.
- Vegetables are carbs, but vegetables are healthy carbs. Many vegetables such as lettuce, mushrooms, green beans, and cucumbers, to name a few, are so low in natural sugar and so high in natural water that you can eat them in excess and not mess your blood sugars adversely. They have a low glycemic number. Not all vegetables are equal though. Starchy vegetables such as corn, peas, and potatoes have a high glycemic number and can raise your blood sugars. Instead, if you are craving potatoes, opt for sweet potatoes or yams. They are super high in nutrients and in moderation will not have negative results on your blood sugars.
- Legumes have a multiple personality. Legumes or beans such as chickpeas, kidney beans, navy beans, and lentils, depending on whom you talk to, are protein packed and or carb packed. For myself, I find when I make chili or eat beans in general, I gain weight, and my blood sugars go up. I usually feel bloated and sluggish. You may not be affected the same way.
- Sugar as an exfoliate is my favorite form of a sugar positive. Exfoliating scrubs are now replacing salt-based scrubs. The salt-based scrubs have been found to raise blood pressure in some people. So far, sugar based scrubs don’t sting when applied like salt does after you shave your legs, and exfoliates just as well without adverse affects.
- As a side bit of information, in the old country, and by my older aunts in this country, they mix sugar and lemon juice together and knead it until it becomes a pliable dough that they use to remove hair from the body. It is kind of like waxing without the mess. They have been doing this for thousands of years.
As you can see, like everything in life, sugar can be both our friend and our foe. If ingested properly through good food choices, we will gain energy and nutrients and fiber. If ingested with poor choices, we suffer from negative affects to our body namely our blood sugars, which can lead to diabetes. And sugar can make our skin silky smooth and hairless. Sugar can be both our friend to our body and a foe to our blood sugars. When using sugar, be responsible.
Until we meet it again, this is Linda Misleh Wagner, Future Former Fatty.
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