Sugar and Spice Aren’t Always Nice

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 by Kimberly Day
In case you haven’t noticed by my previous posts, baking is a big part of the holiday tradition in sugar-free holiday cookiesmy family. You cannot walk into my mother’s, grandmother’s, or my kitchen in the month of December and not smell something sweet that has just come out of the oven.

Unfortunately, the sugar and spice that often create these amazing aromas are not ideal for female hormones, and certainly don’t help when it comes to natural appetite control!

Eating large amounts of sugar, especially in a short period of time, can trigger low blood sugar. I know this sounds counterintuitive, but here’s how it works: Sugar is rapidly absorbed from the digestive tract into the circulation. In response to these elevated blood sugar levels, the pancreas secretes insulin to enable the sugar to be cleared from the bloodstream and be taken up by the cells, where it is used as a source of energy.

In response to large amounts of ingested sugar, the pancreas often overproduces insulin, which causes the blood sugar to fall too low. As a result, hypoglycemia occurs, causing an individual to feel anxious, tremulous, and jittery.

The solution? Avoid sugar, obviously. And if you do indulge, make it a treat, not a meal.

You can also try one of my sugar-free recipes, such as gingerbread or chocolate biscotti. Just remember, even though they are sugar-free, they still have calories, so don’t overindulge.

For more information on female hormones and healthy estrogen levels, visit Dr. Lark’s Web site.
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