5 Foods That Can Help Curb Sugar Cravings
Overeating sugary foods not only floods the brain with dopamine, but also creates a pattern of sugar cravings. Sugar is used primarily as a fuel or energy source, the brain relies on glucose to function properly, so when this gets low we crave more sugar. We can crave sugar for several reasons, from stress and lack of sleep, low blood sugar and energy, to genetics and sugar's addictive nature.
Below are 5 foods to help beat sugar cravings;
1. Natural Greek yogurt - Another cause of your sugar cravings could be an imbalanced gut microbiome, where the bacteria have adapted to thrive on sugar. To reset your gut’s natural balance of bacteria, choose natural Greek yogurt that is packed with active probiotics. Greek yogurt is also rich in protein, which will help you keep full until your next meal.
2. Berries - Fresh fruit like raspberries provides a great source of fibre that allows for the slow-release of the natural sugars. With only 5 grams of sugar per cup, raspberries are also a low-sugar fruit, along with blackberries and strawberries.
3. Almonds - Packed with heart-healthy fats, almonds can help control blood sugar, keeping intense sugar cravings in check. The healthy fats in nuts keep you feeling satisfied even longer, making it less likely for you to have an energy dip between meals.
4. Pumpkin seeds - A great source of protein, fibre and fat, pumpkin seeds (also known as pepitas) are rich in magnesium. If you crave chocolate, maybe your body is asking for more magnesium, as cocoa is rich in this mineral.
5. Celery sticks with peanut butter - Snacks rich in good fat and protein from peanut butter and fibre from celery, are the best way to keep you sustained between meals. As these three nutrients, protein, fats and fibre are digested slowly to gradually release energy over time. Keeping you full for longer.
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