Speech: What Happens When You Eat Sugar?
Eating carbs causes the pancreas to release the hormone insulin to reduce the blood sugar spike. Insulin regulates the level of sugar in the blood - the more sugar in the bloodstream, the more insulin is released. Insulin then goes on to ‘store’ glucose in the liver and muscles in the form of glycogen. If too much insulin is released, your blood sugar will to drop too low causing low-blood sugar. This causes you to crave sugar and the vicious cycle continues. Every time you have more sugar you set this in motion again – the higher the glucose in the blood, the more insulin is needed to bring it down. We were never designed to eat the volume of sugar we eat in this day and age – especially as the body only needs the equivalent of around 1 teaspoon in the entire bloodstream at any one time.
￼￼￼￼￼This week is all about something dear to all our hearts – sugar – and about breaking the cycle of addiction. I didn’t want to ‘hit’ you with it in the first week with the force I will in this week, but I’m sure you knew it was coming, didn’t you? Don’t worry, we are ALL sugar addicts!
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In order to keep the amount of sugar in the blood steady at around a teaspoon, the body releases insulin from the pancreas each time food such as grains, biscuits, pastries, cakes, pasta, and starchy vegetables like potatoes are consumed. Put simply, insulin stimulates the cells to act like a sponge in order to rid the bloodstream of the excess sugar. People who eat too many starchy foods and processed carbohydrates find that they are regularly releasing so much insulin that it loses its sensitivity, and doesn’t work as well as it should, with the result that an excess of sugar in the bloodstream eventually leads to ill