A lot of factors affect your blood sugar. But nothing affects it as much as what you eat. When your body digests food, it transforms some of that food into sugar in your bloodstream. Your body uses that sugar for energy. But sometimes, it doesn’t need all the sugar you give it.
When you give your body more fuel (AKA sugar) than it needs, the leftovers stay in your bloodstream. Luckily, your body steps in to help manage the excess sugar by releasing the hormone insulin. Insulin helps your cells absorb the sugar from your bloodstream.
The problem is, if you give your body too much sugar for too long, your body’s insulin-making mechanism gets worn out. It stops producing as much insulin. Your cells can also become resistant to insulin. This causes blood sugar to build up in your bloodstream and eventually leads to type 2 diabetes.
Added sugar and refined carbohydrates are the worst culprits in the battle against high blood sugar. So, it’s important to keep an eye on your intake of these. But balanced blood sugar isn’t just about eliminating foods. It’s also about adding foods that help your body process sugar better. If you’re looking for a few blood sugar-friendly options to add to your grocery list this week, try these five foods: