Why do we need sugar and what is blood sugar?
The term “blood sugar level” refers to the amount of sugar or glucose in your bloodstream. Sugar is produced when we consume carbohydrates (carbs) from food such as bread, beans, milk, popcorn, potatoes, cookies, or noodles. Glucose enters our bloodstream and a special hormone called “insulin” is released which encourages cells to absorb the glucose as fuel.
Basically, our body uses sugar as a source of energy. Blood sugar is the master controller that dictates our hunger, our cravings, and our energy. We feel best when our blood sugar is balanced; not too high or not too low. Balanced blood sugar helps keep energy levels stable and good mental health. It is not only important for those with diabetes or severe health conditions, it is important for everyone.
Eating habits help to control blood sugar level
Balanced blood sugar is important for our health. Too high or too low blood sugar affects our physical and mental performance. An effective diet with moderation and careful food choice would be helpful to stabilise blood sugar levels.
Moderate how much carbohydrates and sugar you’re getting into your body. The best way to have high-carb foods and sugar without spiking your blood sugar is to pair them with protein, healthy fats, and a lot of fiber. When sugar is loaded with protein or fat, the body will slow down the absorption of sugar, avoiding a sudden spike in blood sugar.
Pay attention to "starchy" vegetables, such as corn, potatoes, and sweet potatoes if your blood sugar levels are high. Choose low-starch, high-fiber vegetables such as mixed green leaves, cabbage, tomatoes, or pumpkin. Eating more good fats like Omega 3 helps improve heart health and maintain healthy blood sugar. Some good sources of fats are avocados, olive oil, and nuts.
Avoid or consume in moderation sugary drinks, fried foods, processed foods high in sugar. It's best to cook for yourself and accurately control your sugar intake.