Posted on 09/24/2019 in Other

5 Tips on How to Get Rid of Sugar Cravings

5 Tips on How to Get Rid of Sugar Cravings

Sugar craving is often irresistible and scientists have already found the reason for it. Some studies have suggested that sugar is as addictive as cocaine. In addition, glucose which the body receives from sugar and most sugary foods is the only food for the brain. And if dessert is beautiful and very tasty, it becomes extremely difficult to refuse it.

However, sugar affects our health. Many studies have linked high sugar intake to a number of acute diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and bowel cancer. Scientists from University College London found that excess sugar consumption increases the risk of depression in both men and women.  

1. Replace sweets with fruits and berries

Most fruits and berries are very sweet. People with diabetes once were forbidden to eat fruits because doctors believed that they provoke a spike in blood sugar. Despite the fact that fruits contain sugar, they don’t harm the body as refined sugar does. The fiber in fruits delays digestive processes and reduces the rate of absorption of sugars in the blood. Any candy provokes a spike in blood sugar and any fruit acts gently. Fructose is absorbed slowly, doesn’ t provoke a spike in blood sugar, and doesn’t affect teeth. Another reason to replace sweets with fruits is fewer visits to your family dentist.

2. Find alternatives to sugar

You can replace sugar with sweeteners. But don’t use sweeteners for people with diabetes. The body will get more harm from fructose, dextrose, and sucrose since these substances have no difference from ordinary sugar. Safe sweeteners contain fewer calories than sugar. You can use stevia, xylitol or Yakon syrup.

Stevia extract has a sweet taste and is able to reduce blood sugar levels. Xylitol has 60 percent less calorie compared to refined sugar. Yacon syrup contains the fruit oligosaccharides that the intestinal bacteria feed on. This product improves the immune system and normalizes digestion.

3. Eat chocolate

You can choose between black and dark chocolate. Chocolate is a high-calorie dessert but unlike sugar, it’s healthy since it contains no less than 50% cacao. Dark and black chocolate is rich in antioxidants that improve brain function and reduce the intensity of chronic inflammatory processes. Chocolate tones the brain and lowers bad cholesterol.

4. Monitor the composition of foods you’re eating 

Sugar is an insidious substance. The more you eat it, the more your body wants it. The danger is that after eating sweets, the raised blood sugar level decreases too sharply and this provokes the production of the hunger hormone ghrelin. 

Foods high in sugar provoke hunger attacks. And often you don’t even know about the real amount of sugar in a product. Foods which contain the largest amount of refined sugar include:
  • Sweet sodas

  • Pastry

  • Sauces for industrial production, including ketchup and mustard

  • Canned food

5. Eat more protein foods

American scientists found that a diet rich in protein food reduces sugar cravings by 60 percent. Due to the low rate of digestion of protein foods you don’t feel hunger for a long time. And this protects from sudden sugar cravings. Meat, milk, legumes, buckwheat, and eggs are a good sources of protein. 

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