Blood Sugar Part 2 – The failure of low-carb

This is part two in my series on blood sugar. To read part one please CLICK HERE. Low Carbohydrate Diets The next solution that seems to be all the rage for dealing with blood sugar issues is low carbohydrate diets. This can come in many forms like the paleo diet, dukkan, Atkins and many more. As I mentioned in part one, carbohydrates are broken down and used for energy. When the diet is insufficient in carbohydrates – whether that be intentional or not – the body has to get this energy from somewhere else. In the world of low carb writing this is portrayed as a seamless process. The … [Read more...]

Blood Sugar Part 1 – The failure of low GI diets

Nutrition, like so many professions, has catchphrases or industry speak. The longer you spend in the field, the more accustomed you become and start to feel like these terms are known and understood by the wider population. Among nutritionists I don’t think there is a bigger catchphrase then ‘balancing blood sugars’. It is a term that gets thrown around and it is assumed that people know what it means. But in honesty I don’t think most people really know what it means. In fact, I think there are a lot of nutritionists that don’t know exactly what it means. So I want to break it down for you … [Read more...]

The Three Evils of Modern Food – Sugar

This is the second part of the Evils of Modern Food. The first was about vegetable oils, where as this focuses on sugar. The consumption of sugar is one of the most worrying features of the modern diet. The average person in the UK eats around 20 teaspoons of sugar a day. This is in the form of refined carbohydrates like white flour and breakfast cereals, fizzy drinks, table sugar, fruits, juices, jams, alcohol etc. Sugar is in basically everything, and in ever increasing amounts. The problem with sugar tends to be with the fructose. Table sugar is made up of sucrose, which is 50% fructose … [Read more...]