Snacking has its upsides and downsides—depending on what you're eating and in what quantity. Let's talk about the impact snacking can have on your body, and ways to use snacking to support both your hunger and your glucose levels.
How does snacking impact our blood sugar?
What you eat has a big impact on your metabolic health, and choosing the wrong snacks can lead to a roller coaster of energy, mood swings, and potential health risks
Snacks loaded with refined carbohydrates, such as sugary treats, candy, and processed foods have a high glycemic index, which creates a rapid increase in blood sugar levels and a quick burst of energy.
To counter the surge in glucose the body releases insulin. When insulin levels go up, glucose levels rapidly drop (or crash), leaving you feeling fatigued and craving sweets. So, the cycle continues.
When we opt for snacks rich in fiber, healthy fats, and protein, these nutrients help slow down the release of glucose into the bloodstream, preventing rapid spikes.
Tips for smarter snacking
Choose snacks that are low-carb and contain protein, healthy fats, and fiber
Be mindful of portions to avoid overeating and maintain steady blood sugar.
Stay adequately hydrated to manage cravings more effectively.
Choose minimally processed snacks with natural ingredients and minimal added sugars.
Space snacks between meals to maintain steady blood sugar levels throughout the day.
Looking for some delicious and satisfying snack options that won't send your blood sugar on a roller coaster ride?
Snack on these spike-free options:
Remember, your snacking selections directly impact glucose levels, body function, and overall wellness. So, the next time you reach for a snack, consider its impact on your metabolic health. Your body will thank you for making more mindful choices.