BLOOD SUGAR - DIABETES AND HEART DISEASE. Blood sugar levels spike as a result eating refined foods, so do insulin levels plus oxidative and free radical stress on the arteries. Repeated spikes throughout the day consistently are a major offender when it comes to developing Type 2 Diabetes and is one of the main causes of cardiovascular conditions. Use healthy fats like ghee, coconut oil, nuts and seeds to slow the absorption of sugar, caffeine, processed and refined foods.
Highly processed and refined foods quickly raise blood sugar levels after they are eaten. Whenever possible, add a plant-based fats - like almonds, nuts, coconut oil and avocados, all seem to lower post-meal blood sugar spikes. However some animal fats, such as chicken, seem to have the opposite effect. In a recent study -when chicken is eaten with carb-rich white rice, the after-meal blood sugar spikes increased.
Drinking one’s coffee blended with coconut oil, grass-fed ghee or butter has become a popular way to slow the delivery of caffeine into the bloodstream and blunt the blood sugar spike. Doing so seems to deliver hours of caffeinated energy without a surge or crash.
Eating almonds or avocados with a higher carbohydrate dish (such as white bread, rice or potatoes) can significantly lower the blood sugar spike from the carbohydrates. In one study, white bread was initially shown to increase after-meal blood sugar spikes, insulin and free radical oxidation. When the white bread was eaten with 1/3 of a cup of almonds, the after-meal blood sugar and insulin spike, as well as free radical oxidation, were significantly reduced. If you are having a meal of significant carbohydrate quantity you can help your body by addign nuts to your favourite icecream, seeds to pasta, almond butter to organic toast - all helping to consistently slow the rise of blood sugar levels. This alone has a significiant effect over time in assisting the body to maintain healthy equilibrium.