Understanding Blood Sugars NZ

Thirty40Thirty meals provide satiety (no hunger), mental focus, and physical energy without
obsessively counting calories or fat grams. The key is balancing blood sugar levels.
All calories are not the same


The difference is how protein, fats, and carbs affect your “blood sugars”.
• Fats do not increase blood sugars
• Proteins do increase only slightly
• Low-density carbs (most fruits & vegetables – non-starchy) do increase blood
sugars
• High-density carbs (bread, rice, white potato, pasta, cereal, corn, etc.,) rapidly
increase blood sugar and insulin levels.
Note: elevated insulin is your worst hormonal nightmare. This will fuel cellular
inflammation and increase your risk for virtually all chronic diseases: cancer, diabetes,
arthritis, dementia (Alzheimer’s), heart disease, and more.

Carbohydrates


Hence, the goal would be to limit the excess sugars which means controlling your
consumption of carbohydrates, especially the high-density carbs mentioned above.

Protein


It is critical to maintaining amino acid levels by consuming enough protein in the diet to support
• Muscle maintenance
• Immune function
• Hormone synthesis
• Red blood cell formation
• Tissue repair
Similar to insulin, glucagon is a protein hormone produced in the pancreas