08/02/2012 07:54 EDT | Updated 10/02/2012 05:12 EDT

Too Much Sugar in Your Diet? These Foods Help Block it!


We are a sugar and carb addicted society. Starches such as desserts, white flour products and candy raise our blood sugar and over time this can lead to diabetes type 2, obesity and heart disease.

This becomes a catch 22 whereby we can never get off this sugar addictive merry-go-round. We have to reduce the amount of sugar intake to reduce these spikes in blood sugar, but easier said than done.

I'm referring to white flour products, white potatoes, white rice, candy and chocolate. But good news! You don't have to give up all the foods you love. Yes you'll have to watch portions, but there are techniques that will actually block sugar absorption. Now I bet I have your attention!

Effective sugar blockers:

• Start your meal with a salad or vegetable based soup before you eat a starch. This soaks up the sugary starch.

• Add protein to your meal which causes a lower level of insulin being released.

• Have sweet foods only for dessert which will have little effect on your blood sugar. Eating sweets alone cause a spike in insulin.

• Keep 50 per cent of your meals to crisp cooked vegetables which have more fibre and virtually no sugar. Over-cooked vegetables can't absorb the sugar and starch.

• Enjoy a small fatty snack about 20 minutes before you eat. Fat regulates how fast food leaves your stomach and keeps you full for longer which will prevent sugar bingeing.

• Enjoy a glass of wine with dinner which temporarily stops liver glucose production by 25 per cent. But don't go overboard since an 8 ounce glass is 200 calories! Now that's an enjoyable sugar blocker!

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