Blood sugar is a rising

Posted: September 13, 2011 in Gluten Free, LCHF/Paleo

My last blog post I talked about how gluten and sugary carbs cause a long-range of health problems.

BUT did you know that the whole wheat bread you are eating to get more fibre actually raises your blood sugar MORE than say a can of soda?

Why is this important? Well if you are diabetic or trying to lose weight it’s very important. The more sugar you eat, the more fat you store, your body responds by producing insulin and insulin plays a HUGE role in fat storage and the repeated effect of eating sugar can likely cause insulin resistance which leads to diabetes and even more weight gain.

If you are obese you likely have some form of insulin resistance and therefore need to try and keep your blood sugar as stable as possible. How do you do that? Definitely not by eating whole wheat! Stay away from sugar, cut out those sugary carbs. I’m not saying all carbs are bad, if you look at ingredients on the back of a package you see carbs, subtract the fibre which is good carbs( if it has any fibre) and the rest is bad carbs that lead to weight gain.

For those of you who have access to a blood sugar monitor you can test what foods cause a spike in blood sugar and which ones don’t. Test your blood sugar before you eat, eat a few slices of whole wheat toast or whole wheat cereal and an hour later, test again. You can even test again every hour to see how long the sugar high lasts, sometimes you might find it spike even earlier/later depending on what you eat. Either way I can guarantee you it’s high, sometimes VERY high, especially if you are a diabetic.

Some people can eat as many as 150 grams of carbs in a day and still lose weight, others can only eat between 20 and 50 grams of carbs to lose weight. Everyone is different and once you get a handle on what has more carbs in it, what has a higher glycemic index (raises your blood sugar quicker/higher) you’ll have better control of your weight and will finally start seeing huge improvements in your health.

For more information on the effects of blood sugar by eating wheat you can refer to Dr. William Davis’ new book WHEAT BELLY, chapter 3 is called wheat deconstructed and goes into more detail how wheat affects your blood sugar and fat storage.

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