How To Stop Sugar Cravings With Supplements And Healthy Alternatives

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If you have sugar cravings you will know how hard it is to resist the overwhelming temptation to indulge them . These sugar cravings can be caused by unstable blood sugar and chromium deficiency so addressing these can really help. Sugar cravings can be very powerful and addictive so here we explore ways to kick the sugar craving habit.

Sugar cravings and increased consumption has been linked to many conditions and a few are listed below. Statistically the number of both children and adults with these conditions has risen significantly over the last two decades.

 Sugar cravings and over consumption will cause

  • Increased weight gain and obesity
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Adult acne due to insulin spikes.
  • Digestive imbalances that can trigger fungal overgrowth and higher amounts of harmful pathogenic bacteria to dominate the intestines.
  • Anxiety & restlessness, which both children and adults may experience.
  • Gum disease

“read more about gum disease here”

The cane sugar we all commonly know as sugar has a chemical name called sucrose and is made up of glucose and fructose. Neither of which contain any nutrients and actually rob the body of important minerals such as chromium and zinc. The loss of vital nutrients weakens the body’s immune defences.

Fructose – the main culprit causing sugar cravings

The use of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is widespread and inexpensive to manufacture. It is found in many products particularly packaged desserts such as yogurts, ice cream and waffles to name but a few. It is also prevalent in sodas and fruit juices. Agave or agave syrup also contains higher amounts of fructose than HFCS. Research shows that fructose is metabolised in the liver and can cause fat storage in the liver, increase cardiovascular risk, fatty liver disease, hypertension, and metabolic dysfunction and these eventually lead to obesity and type 2 diabetes. sugary cakes

The fructose naturally present in fruits is fine to consume in conjunction with a diet focused on vegetables and wholegrain carbohydrates. However those with type 2 diabetes should still reduce fruit and dried fruit consumption.

Keep consumption of sodas,  fruit juices, and pre-packaged desserts to a minimum. You can replace some of the sugar in your diet with the healthier substitutes  below which  will help to reduce sugar cravings.

Healthier alternatives that may help with sugar cravings

Stevia is herbal sweetener and at least 200 times sweetener than sugar and the sweeter components are derived from the leaf of the plant.  Natives in Paraguay, South America, have used Stevia for centuries and it has also been widely used and cultivated by Japan. In 1991 stevia was banned in the USA due to inadequate information to demonstrate its safety. However the ban has lifted now and soft drink manufactures are also beginning to jump on the stevia bandwagon. The thousands of clinical studies that have been conducted on stevia all conclude it is safe for human consumption and suitable for type 2 diabetics. It will not make sugar cravings worse or deplete chromium.

Manuka honey is from a specific species of plant in New Zealand. This type of honey has antibacterial and healing properties. It can be useful to ward off colds and is also useful for those with stomach ulcers and infections. It is safe for children from 1 year upwards. It is still a sugar so will not reduce sugar cravings but  it is a healthier choice.

 

So what will stop sugar cravings?

The good news is that by stabilizing blood sugar you will suffer from less sugar cravings.Dark chocolate for sugar cravings

1. Eat smaller more regular meals

2. Eat more protein

3. Eat small amounts of dark chocolate (7 grams a day of 60-80% cacao) which is high in magnesium, chromium and B Vitamins

4. Consider taking a Chromium supplement which works on insulin function and has been shown to reduce serum glucose and is really effective at reducing sugar cravings, but not at the same time as Vitamin C as it interferes with the uptake of Chromium.

5. Cinnamon along with Chromium have been successful for weight loss as they both work on insulin function so also affect sugar cravings positively.

6. Take B vitamins which support your adrenal glands during periods of stress.

These supplements and the advice above will substantially reduce sugar cravings and even help you drop a few pounds too.

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