NOT SO SWEET?

Health & Fitness - - Recipe Revamp -

Do you crave sug­ary foods more when you’re feel­ing stressed or low? Well, a study in­volv­ing White­hall civil ser­vants shows su­gar con­sump­tion may cause de­pres­sion. Links be­tween su­gar and de­pres­sion have been made be­fore – one study in Chi­nese adults, who tra­di­tion­ally drink unsweet­ened tea, showed that those who drank soft drinks had higher de­pres­sion rates – and in 2002, a study of over­all su­gar con­sump­tion per per­son in six coun­tries im­pli­cated su­gar as a fac­tor in higher rates of ma­jor de­pres­sion.

Neu­rons (nerve cells) in the brain are not well pre­pared for su­gar level spikes. And neu­rons grown in the lab­o­ra­tory also show in­creased in­flam­ma­tion when ex­posed to high lev­els of glu­cose.

Eat­ing low-gly­caemic-in­dex meals – pro­tein, veg and slow-re­leas­ing carbs, such as pulses and whole­grains, is your key to curb­ing the de­sire for sweet foods, as is snack­ing on nuts, fruit and mini chunks of cheese when a su­gar crav­ing strikes.

Snack on nuts, fruit and small pieces of cheese to curb any su­gar crav­ings.

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