Regulating blood sugar levels is essential for good health, to maintain a healthy weight, curb sugar cravings, keep energy levels and mood balanced, and to lover the risk of type-2 diabetes and heart disease.
Much of the food we eat is converted into sugar, which is used by the body for energy. Problems occur however when we have high (or low) blood sugar levels. One of the best ways to stabilise blood sugar levels is by including high quality protein with each meal and snack. Some sources include lean red meat, fish, chicken, eggs, legumes, nuts and seeds, and tofu.
Chromium is beneficial for normalising blood sugar levels and enhancing insulin production. You can increase your intake by eating chromium-rich foods such as broccoli, wholegrain cereals, nuts, mushrooms and soy beans.
Another way to help balance your blood sugar levels is by reducing your consumption of sugary processed foods, which give a sharp rise in blood sugar levels.
Dietary fibre also has a stabilising effect on blood sugar levels as it slows the body’s absobtion of glucose from food and reduces the sharp rise in blood sugar levels. Fibre rich foods include wholegrain breads and cereals, brown rice, legumes, fruits and vegetables.