Products containing certain micronutrients help fight sugar cravings. There are other ways to give up sugar. Told about this nutritionist, doctor of medical sciences Mariyat Mukhina, Moscow 24 reports.
What micronutrient helps fight sugar cravings?
We’re talking about chrome. According to Rospotrebnadzor, the human body contains approximately 6 mg of chromium in the form of ions, which are included in different molecular complexes. This microelement is present in all tissues of the body, and it accumulates in the liver, bone tissue and spleen.
Chromium is involved in the absorption of glucose: it is part of the so-called glucose tolerance factor (FTG), which regulates the absorption of sugar by cells. In addition, it plays an important role in the secretion and functioning of enzymes, is involved in regulating energy consumption in muscle tissue, and also helps reduce cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein levels in the blood.
At the same time, trivalent chromium salts, which are necessary for human life, can only be obtained from food.
What foods contain chromium?
Mariyat Mukhina advises eating chromium-rich whole grain cereals, cheese, nuts, eggs, tomatoes, broccoli, pears, chicken, beef, as well as the liver of any animals. In addition, bran, brewer’s yeast, potatoes, legumes and seafood are rich in chromium.
Rospotrebnadzor notes that with a balanced diet, chromium deficiency usually does not occur. But when consuming large amounts of sugary foods, chromium reserves in the body are used up faster. Also, the concentration of chromium decreases with age; pregnant women may also experience a deficiency. Therefore, these people are recommended to additionally include foods rich in chromium in their diet, because a deficiency of this microelement blocks the activity of insulin, which ensures the absorption of glucose by cells.
How else can you give up sugar?
Mukhina also advises replacing sugar with healthy sweets. For example, fruits, dates, figs, dried apricots, prunes and candied fruits. According to the nutritionist, in this case it will be easier to give up sucrose.
In addition, the expert recommends eating small meals five times a day. According to her, this also helps reduce cravings for sweets and prevents blood sugar from dropping sharply.