Sugar the Up’s & Down’s

 

Sugar in the body, again probably is something most of us don’t think about when it comes to meal time. So here are few facts to get you thinking about sugar in your diet and meal planning. *

 

Blood Sugar goes up and down! Balance is key! 

  • The sugar in our bloodstream is called Glucose. It is what we use for immediate energy or it can be stored for use later.
  • The stored form of Glucose is called Glycogen and is stored by the liver.
  • Glucose levels rise in the body for 2 reasons, because we ingested sugar or the liver is stimulated to release Glycogen…

…so simply put, our food turns to Glucose, and our blood sugar rises.

  • Not everything we eat turns to sugar in the body, our bodies use a balance of carbohydrates, fats and proteins for fuel. Carbohydrates have the greatest impact on blood Glucose levels.  More carbohydrates we consumed, means higher levels of sugar will be released as you digest and absorb your food.
  • Carbohydrates come in many forms, such as liquids, so having a soda will cause sugar levels to rise more quickly than a slice of bread, a solid form of carbohydrates. 
  • In a balanced body there should be about 4 grams of sugar to our 5 liters of blood, that is less than a teaspoon.
  • Check your labels and see how many grams of sugar are in each serving of things like, soda, juice, and ice cream.
  • Today Americans eat upwards of 140 pounds of sugar per person a year. That is 6 ounces a day or 170 grams. 
  • Excess sugar consumption can lead to a variety of problems:
    Diabetes
    Obesity
    Hyper/Hypoglycemia (low or high blood sugar)
  • All of the above can lead to several other health issues.
  • Keep in mind the body uses natural and refined differently! Natural sugars are found in fruit as fructose and in dairy products, as lactose. Natural sources of sugar are digested by the body slower. Refined sugar, or sucrose, comes from sugar cane. Food manufacturers also use chemically produced sugar, like high-fructose corn syrup. The body breaks down refined sugar rapidly, causing blood sugar to rise very quickly.
  • Sugar is everywhere and keeping a track and limiting our sugar consumption can be of benefit.
  • The importance behind all this is that our bodies are designed to regulate our blood sugar levels throughout the day, sudden ups and downs in the levels will leave your body and energy out of balance. 

* For more reference see –

 How Does Eating Affect Your Blood Sugar?

Natural vs Refined Sugar: Why the Difference Matters

MORE ON CARBOHYDRATES & SUGAR IN THE BODY

*Please remember this page is purely informational, if you have blood sugar imbalances or diabetes please remember to follow all protocols in place by your physician.