Is Your Sweet Tooth Aging Your Skin?
- Change up your habits. Keep in mind that artificial and refined sugars are far worse on the body than natural sugars, such as those from fruits. If you used to reach for a piece of candy, go for dried fruit (no sugar added) instead. It can offer the same chewy, sweet satisfaction.
- Eat in courses. According to Outsmart Diabetes, eating a salad before your main meal can help absorb starch and sugar thanks to the soluble fiber in plants, beans and carrots. This fiber also helps slow the rate of absorption altogether, reducing the amount of insulin the body produces to accommodate it.
- Add vinegar. Another tip from Outsmart Diabetes: Vinegar counteracts the enzyme that turns starch into sugar, again slowing the digestive process. Secondly, it helps the pancreas not produce as much insulin.
- Go for “good” starches. As most starchy foods are rapidly broken down into sugar, it’s best to limit bread, cereal, pasta, crackers, cookies, cakes, and processed foods made with flour. The best starchy foods are whole beans or lentils, as they are digested more slowly. When choosing grains, opt for whole, intact-when-cooked grains such as brown rice, barley and quinoa.