Posts Tagged ‘refined carbohydrates’
In this day of fast foods and “want it now” culture we may find ourselves consuming too much in the the way of refined carbohydrates…As for me, I’m not big on sodas, but carrot cake, oatmeal cookies and apple pie are my weakness.¬† Frankly, I will “walk a mile” for a scrumptious oatmeal cookie.¬†
I find the key is maintaining a balance…no extremes…
So regarding refined carbohydrates sources such as soda, candy, fruit juice (yes, even fruit juice), jam and syrups can elevate and cause cause drops in your blood sugar.¬†
When¬† your blood is effected it may cause you to feel irritable and tired. Breads and pastries, such as crackers, bagels, rice white bread, made from refined flour, can produce the same effect because of the quick break down into our digestive system which forms blood sugar.¬†
Bottom line whole grain foods which digest slower because of the higher fiber content don’t reek havoc on our blood sugar and support blood sugar stability.
So the next time you say,¬† “yes” (or we say yes) to that slice of pie, cake, cookies and or candy…remember moderation is the key….or better yet, opt for the whole grain replacement.
To your excellent health,
I sure by now you have heard a lot about refined or concentrated sources of sugar working against your optimal health.¬† Well, if you are like me you want a bit of the “sweet” stuff every now and then. ¬†
But I have to caution you to be careful of¬† your consumption of the refined carbohydrates like soda, candy, fruit juice, jam and syrups which have been known to cause major upward swirling of your blood sugar…which is definitely not hot flash help.
The rise in your blood sugar can cause you to feel on edge, irritable, stressed out and just plain tired.¬† Refined starches such as¬† white bread, crackers, bagels and white rice have the same effect on you.
Refined starches break down rather quickly in your digestive system to form blood sugar.¬† So bottom line,¬† to avoid the mood “blues” it is best to go with whole-grain versions of these foods. Whole grain foods, such as whole grain, product and unprocessed foods, are not digested as quickly and because of the higher fiber content keep your blood sugar consistent….not that can help with overall menopause symptoms and possible hot flash help.
To your excellent health!