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  • Writer's pictureDr. Yelena Deshko

How to Beat Sugar Cravings

Dangers of High-Sugar Consumption

High sugar consumption has been linked to many negative health outcomes including:

  • Obesity

  • Diabetes

  • Heart disease

Removing sugar from your diet, however, can prove quite challenging, especially if you experience frequent sugar cravings.

What Causes Sugar Cravings?

Sugar cravings often manifest when the concentration of glucose in the blood stream starts to drop beyond a certain threshold. This signals to the body that you need to replenish levels ASAP, which creates cravings for sugar rich foods for an immediate glucose hit.

Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels to Minimize Sugar Cravings

To help curb sugar cravings, it is important to prevent blood glucose levels from becoming too low in the first place. To do this, it is important to consume foods that are high in protein, healthy fats and fibre. Protein, fat, and fibre all slow down the rate at which sugar is absorbed and metabolized, ensuring that blood glucose levels remain stable for long periods of time.

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At each meal, try to make at least a quarter of your plate protein such as chicken, fish or tofu, and half of the plate non-starchy vegetables. Then add a healthy fat source such as 1/2 an avocado, some olive oil or nuts, and you have a balanced meal to help stabilize blood sugar levels for hours to come.

Essential Mineral Deficiencies Linked to Sugar Cravings

A number of mineral deficiencies are linked to sugar cravings including magnesium, chromium and zinc. All these minerals are involved in glucose metabolism and a deficiency can often manifest as unstable blood sugar levels resulting in cravings.

Supplementing the minerals that are crucial for glucose metabolism can be helpful when making an effort to kick the sugar habit. A number of scientific studies examined the effects of these minerals on blood sugar levels and glucose control.

Supplements that Help Fight Sugar Cravings:

  1. Chromium: A 2008 study showed that supplementing with chromium helped obese women reduce food intake, hunger levels, fat cravings and body weight (1)

  2. Magnesium: If you find yourself frequently craving chocolate, this may be an indicator that your magnesium levels may need replenishing. Emerging evidence confirms that nearly two-thirds of the population in the western world is not achieving the recommended daily allowance for magnesium, a deficiency problem contributing to various health conditions. (2) Several studios examined the effect of magnesium on blood sugar levels and concluded that magnesium supplementation had beneficial effects on glucose control in both diabetic and non-diabetic people (3)

  3. Zinc: Zinc is another critical mineral shown to help stabilize blood glucose levels in both diabetic and non-diabetic people. (4)

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