These days sugar seems like the bad guy in almost every story about health or medical conditions. The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar per day, four times the amount recommended by the World Health Organization.
From diabetes to weight loss, most diets recommend a decrease in sugar consumption. But that can be easier said than done. Much easier. There is something about sugar that is addictive for most of us, and those cravings we get for sweet things can be as powerful as if we had fallen under a spell.
Starchy vegetables have made it onto many dieters’ blacklists lately. Let’s have a look at why and whether this is justified.
All vegetables have at least a small amount of carbohydrates. So-called “starchy” vegetables typically contain about 3 times the amount of non-starchy vegetables and therefore about 3 times the number of calories. Some examples of common starchy vegetables include beans, corn, green peas, parsnips, plantains, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, squash and pumpkin.
After a lifetime of no sweets, a little boy with Type 1 diabetes tastes Jonathan Heine’s chocolate fudge for the first time. He turns to his mother and tells her he feels so loved. And so the name for You Are Loved Foods is born.
We at The Tasteful Pantry discovered You Are Loved Foods at Expowest last month and were so excited to learn they are also based here in Los Angeles! We were even more excited to taste their delicious treats with the knowledge that they were gluten-free, paleo, low glycemic and vegan. Actually, we had to taste them multiple times because we couldn’t believe how good they were at first. After all, chocolatey fudge like that usually at least contains dairy or sugar. We even tested You Are Loved Foods treats on some diabetic family and friends (thanks Dad!) and asked them to test their blood sugar levels after eating them – they didn’t go up! Even Lea, The Tasteful Pantry’s Registered Dietitian (and diabetes expert) was impressed!
If you live in the US, it’s likely you’ve come across someone in your life who has diabetes or for whom high blood sugar is a concern. It is estimated that over 29 million or 9.3% of the American population has either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and that 86 million are pre-diabetic, meaning they have higher than normal blood sugar levels. That’s a lot! The good news is that although a component of many diabetes cases is genetic, for many, changes in eating and lifestyle can make a significant impact.
Breaking new scientific research emerged last week that showed that the consumption of artificial sweeteners may actually lead to more obesity and diabetes, two things that are just what many people use artificial sweeteners to avoid or minimize. The way they do this is not what you might expect – it’s through the bacteria that lives in our intestines. In the study, consumption of artificial sweeteners led to a change in the bacterial composition of volunteers’ intestines in such a way that the bacteria reacted to the chemical sweeteners by secreting substances that then provoked an inflammatory response similar to sugar overdose, promoting changes in the body’s ability to utilize sugar (aka glucose intolerance). Read more in the article below by Science Daily.