Banish cravings with chromium

It is easy to get into the habit of craving sugary and starchy foods such as white bread, potatoes, white rice and pasta.  Starches are easily converted into sugars by the body.  When we eat sugary and starchy foods our blood sugar levels rise rapidly and the pancreas goes into overdrive producing insulin to normalise blood sugar.  Usually what happens then is that blood sugar dips below normal levels.  Low blood sugar makes us crave more sugary or starchy foods and so the cycle continues.

Chromium regulates the action of insulin meaning that blood sugar levels are more stable and this in turn reduces cravings for sugary and starchy foods.  The problem is that there are few dietary sources and levels are often low.  Include wholegrains in your diet, vegetables such as mushrooms and broccoli, tomatoes, sea vegetables and nuts.  If you are not vegan, meat, fish and eggs are also sources. A good multivitamin/mineral supplement will ensure you are not deficient in this essential mineral (check the label)  

Apart from being a source of chromium, wholegrains are also low GI (Glycemic Index).  This is a measure of how quickly a food causes blood sugar to rise.  The fibre in wholegrains slows down their digestion, allowing insulin to keep blood sugar levels stable.

Note diabetics should consult their doctor before taking supplements.

Hope this helps,

Janet x

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