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Curbing sugar cravings
January 19, 2014, 11:22 am

Sugar cravings are behind many of the widespread diet related health problems. Below we have listed some foods that help curb the craving for sugar and other sweetened foods.

Tomatoes: Tomatoes are one of the best foods to eat on a regular basis if you want to curb sugar cravings. Along with romaine lettuce and onions, tomatoes are up there at the top of the list of the most chromium-rich foods. In addition, tomatoes are a great source of serotonin, which is great news as studies suggest that decreases in serotonin levels can cause us to crave sugar. Serotonin is a chemical that functions as a neurotransmitter helping brain cells and other nervous system cells communicate with one another.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon has extraordinary properties that can help keep sugar cravings at bay. A mere half a teaspoon of cinnamon per day has been shown to be very effective at normalizing blood sugar levels and reducing sugar cravings. The main active ingredient in cinnamon is called hydroxychalcone, which is thought to enhance the effect of insulin. Cinnamon also appears to prevent post-meal blood sugar spikes by slowing the gastric emptying rate (GER), which means that the food remains in the stomach longer.

Fish: Fish is a great food to add to your diet if you want to curb sugar cravings. Fish is a rich source of glutamine, an amino acid that provides energy to the brain and helps build and maintain muscle mass, which in turn reduces the urge for sugar and carbohydrates. This is likely to be a result of glutamine’s stabilizing effect on blood sugar levels: when the levels are low, glutamine suppresses insulin to prevent further decline of the sugar levels. Glutamine also stimulates the release of glycogen to help increase the blood sugar to normal levels.

Oats: Eating a bowl of freshly cooked oatmeal for breakfast starts your day off right. Oatmeal has the highest satiety ranking of any food, and eating them early in the day has been shown to reduce cravings as well as the number of calories consumed throughout the rest of the day. This is because, unlike most other carbohydrate-rich foods, oatmeal digests slowly and thus helps keep blood sugar on an even keel. Further, oats are a good source of many B vitamins and zinc.

Beans: Beans are wonderfully versatile legumes that come in different shapes, sizes, and colors, besides being tasty and highly nutritious. They are loaded with protein and fiber, a macronutrient combination known to prevent cravings. What’s more, beans appear to promote the release of the digestive hormone cholecystokinin which has appetite suppressant qualities.

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