Chromium is an essential micronutrient or trace mineral required for proper insulin function, healthy blood-sugar levels, and carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism. The typical North American diet is deficient in chromium because of over-consumption of simple carbohydrates and refined sugars that are lacking in chromium.
Soil depletion is also playing a role in chromium deficiency. Continue reading “5 Excellent Reasons to Consider Chromium”
A study published last week in the Journal of the Endocrine Society found that taking cinnamon may have positive effects on blood sugar control in people with a condition known as prediabetes, and may even slow the progression toward type 2 diabetes.
Although the 2-week study was small, the findings open the field for longer and larger studies to address whether cinnamon can help reduce the risk over time of developing type 2 diabetes. Continue reading “New Study: Cinnamon May Help Blood Sugar Levels in Prediabetes”
This is a healthy, filling salad. It’s full of flavor and is an easy make-ahead salad that’s perfect for lunch. I make a big batch of this salad on Sunday night and lunch is set for the next couple of days. The best part is that it actually gets better the more days that it sits and marinates in the dressing.
Kale is a nutritional powerhouse, but I find it can be tough and a bit too chewy. By doing a little extra prep work, you can soften up the kale and make it easier to eat (see the note at the bottom of the recipe).
Quinoa is a great source of magnesium and manganese, plus a good source of the minerals iron, phosphorous, copper and zinc. Continue reading “Lunch Today: Quinoa Chickpea and Kale Salad”
We have all been there – low blood sugar! After going too long between meals or snacks, you might have a headache, be irritable, or feel weak or shaky. And when we feel like this, the first then we reach for is something high in sugar or calories. In my case, chocolate bars… or, well, chocolate anything.
Why do we do this? Research shows that when our blood sugar levels drop, we lose our ability to control our desire to eat. And we crave calorie-laden sweets and snacks. But what happens when we eat junk food, or “empty” snacks? Continue reading “10 Ways to Balance Blood Sugar Levels”
Chia seeds come from a flowering plant in the mint family called Salvia hispanica that is native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. Chia seeds were considered a staple food of the Aztec people, who would say that one small serving was all a person needed to run for a day. Chia is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, antioxidants, and both soluble and insoluble fiber. Here are three other reasons to try this nutty-flavored seed.
1. Balance sugar levels: Studies have shown chia to be of benefit in controlling type 2 diabetes. As a high source of fiber, Continue reading “Dessert Today: Chia Pudding”