Posted May 27,2017

HOW IS SUGAR UTILISED IN OUR BODY? HOW DO WE MANAGE SUGAR?

Author : Ryan Fernandes

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Imagine a chocolate cake with a dark chocolate filled centre, it’s so pleasurable that it takes one into another dimension. These momentary guilty pleasures are heavenly. Guilty? Yes. Don’t we all feel the guilt? Don’t worry it’s not bad to enjoy these. But before one makes a choice, let’s get some insight on what sugars are.

Sugar is an energy molecule in the human body. The most common sugars include glucose, sucrose and fructose. Just imagine 3 best friends namely: glucose – the energy providing sugar, sucrose - the sweet enhancing sugar (commonly also known as table sugar) and finally fructose – the fruit sugar found in fruits and vegetables.

So what happens when we consume these sugars?

When we are enjoying our guilty pleasures, these sugars start breaking down into smaller molecules called glucose. These molecules enter our gut where they get absorbed in our body. After absorption of the sugar molecules, the pancreas releases insulin, which rushes down to the gut and pushes these molecules into the cells to provide us with energy.

When the insulin does not come on time to deploy these molecules into the cells, the sugar molecules accumulate themselves. The excess sugar molecules make it difficult for the insulin to deploy and utilize them, thereby leading to a condition called diabetes. So how do we manage our health better? The answer is simple by taking care of two fundamentals pillars i.e. food and exercise.

1. Food:

  • Making every meal a well-balanced one
  • Choosing our food well by checking their Glycemic Index (GI) values
  • Adding more fibre to our food
  • Avoiding sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Avoiding processed food or packaged food

2. Exercise:

  • Chalking out an exercise plan which requires exercising for a minimum of 30 minutes a day
  • Checking our blood sugar level before our exercise
  • Staying well hydrated after a physical workout
  • And lastly, committing to exercise by making it a priority

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his/her private capacity and do not necessarily represent the views or policies of ITC Limited/Aashirvaad Atta.

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