Beat Your Sugar Cravings: Three Ways To Get You Off The White Stuff

Sugar has been proven to be more addictive than crack, but you can use these foods as a digestible patch that’ll make sure you don’t bump up Cadbury’s share price
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Your favourite pancake duster could actually be responsible for squashing the urge to feast on another one. Research at the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Centre found that just a half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day reduces blood sugar levels and sugar cravings. So instead of heaping sugar into your tea, soak a cinnamon stick in it. It also adds a great flavour to wintery stews, making you less likely to attack a bag of Hob-Knobs at your 10pm with a cuppa.

Brown rice

Hippies and students brandish racing snake-like physiques have brown rice to thank. It’s rich in the fibre that’ll keep you feeling fuller for longer and chromium picolinate, which is a trace metal famous for being able to control the amount of sugar and cholesterol in your blood. The chromium picolinate also supplies you with energy and regulates your blood sugar, so a diet deficient in chromium picolinate could be the sugar daddy funding your sweet tooth. Studies in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that people taking a chromium picolinate supplement had a significant reduction in their blood sugar levels and as a result, fewer sugar cravings. You can take it as a pill, but a natural source - such as brown rice - is best at leaving you with the sweet taste of victory against your Cadbury cravings.

Hippies and students brandish racing snake-like physiques have brown rice to thank.

Rye bread

Conquering your Mars bar hankering starts the minute you wake up. Eating whole-grain barley or rye grains for breakfast keeps your blood sugar level all the way through to dinner, found a study at Lund University, Sweden. "It’s well known that a slow digesting carbohydrate-rich breakfast can moderate increases in blood sugar after lunch,” says Anne Nilsson, the study’s author. “But my results show that dietary fibre can keep the blood-sugar level low for up to ten hours, which means until after dinner." Now you know what to eat your scrabbled eggs with.

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