Sunday Food: Sweets From Good Sources
Most of us occasionally want something that we think isn’t good for us, usually sweets. As a kid, I ate candy compulsively. Fortunately, I grew out of that craving, and have a new one now, for trail food sorts of items. Nuts, raisins and other dried fruits, seeds and crackers sit in a bin on the kitchen counter here, and we take a handful instead of going for candy. Okay, I confess, there are yoghurt covered cranberries in there, almost candy, too.
Researchers combined data from 31 trials conducted across the globe and found that on average, there was very little difference in changes in weight or waist measurements between people who were put on a normal or nut-supplemented diet.
“Most of the nut-enriched studies don’t show that patients gain a significant amount of weight, in contrast to what one might think,” said Dr. David Bleich, head of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark.
The craving for sweets isn’t all bad. I’ve known it to be an indicator that a body is hungry for something, and in my late mother’s case meant a lack of vitamin B12, pernicious anemia.
Sweeteners may also affect the balance of chemicals in our brain and impair our memory and may be a contributor to chronic joint pain and arthritis. So, if you have ever gotten the sense that your sweet tooth is getting out of hand, I provide the following strategies for you to try.
Respect the craving. Your body is trying to tell you something. Our body is a beautiful interconnected system that is constantly working to maintain our balance and health. When our body feels it needs something, there are many ways it will work to signal our mind of its needs. By really tuning in and listening we can decode these messages and provide our body and mind what they most need to function their best. A craving for sweets may signal general hunger or low blood sugar.
We can always act wisely and substitute something for the urge to eat something sweet. Taking a walk, or gardening, or eating something healthy are ideal. Of course, blogging about it works, too.
Try the health food snacks, you’ll be glad you did.