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Are you a Carbohydrate Addict?

Written By: Chef Riq Glispy

 CAN'T GET NO SATISFACTION :  As many as seventy-five percent of those who are overweight, and many normal-weight individuals as well, are carbohydrate addicted.  Let?s face it --- we are craving more sugar and worst of all, more comfort food instead of the healthy food.  All though many people may suspect there is a physical imbalance that makes them crave carbohydrates and put weight on easily, the underlying cause of their cravings and weight struggles often goes undiagnosed and untreated.  If you identify with any of the criteria listed below, you may be addicted to carbohydrates.

  •       A compelling hunger, craving, or desire for carbohydrate-rich foods;
  • an escalating, recurring need or drive for starches, snack foods, junk food, or sweets.

    Within an hour or two after eating, many carbo addicts show some of the telltale signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) including confusion, disorientation, demotivation, mood swings, headache, extreme tiredness, and/or irritability. Many also report an intense feeling of uneasiness that is difficult to describe.

  •       Carbohydrate-rich foods include, but are not limited to: breads, bagels, cakes, cereal, chocolate,        cookies, crackers, danish, fruit and fruit juice, ice cream, potato chips, pasta, potatoes, pretzels, rice, pie, popcorn, and sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • Carbohydrate act-a likes (sugar substitutes, alcoholic beverages, and monosodium   glutamate) may trigger intense or recurring carbohydrate cravings and/or weight gain.

 Carbohydrate addiction is caused by an imbalance - an over release of the hormone, insulin, when carbohydrate-rich foods are eaten. Among its many jobs, insulin signals the body to take in food (it has been called the "hunger hormone") and, once the food is consumed, signals the body to store the food energy in the form of fat.  Too much insulin causes an increased impulse to eat and causes too much food to be stored in the form of fat.

The carbohydrate addict keeps on seeking the very foods that make the non-addicted person feel satisfied but, for the carbohydrate addict, these foods - when eaten frequently or without balance - simply put them on the insulin-carbohydrate  merry-go round once again.

There is a natural way to kick the habit and to feel more satisfied when eating.  Carbohydrate addicts have to start eating a food that contains Chromium picolinate. Chromium picolinate has been shown to reduce carbohydrate cravings.  In addition, be sure to include a protein at each meal. Keeping a daily record of what you eat and when and how you feel afterward is a simple way to reveal possible carbohydrate addiction.

What is Chromium picolinate?

Chromium is a trace mineral that your body needs to regulate your blood-sugar levels. Chromium also appears to promote weight loss by reducing your body fat and increasing your lean muscle mass. You can get chromium from eating certain foods in your diet, but you can also take a chromium picolinate supplement. Before you begin taking a chromium supplement, consult your doctor to discuss the dosage that's right for you.

Food that contain chromium piclinate:

  •       Lean Beef
  •       Ready to eat bran cereal
  •       Orange juice
  •       Processed meats: turkey and turkey ham
  •       Grape juice
  •       Green beans
  •       Broccoli
  •       Whole grains
  •       Potatoes
  •       Red wines
  •       Bananas
  •       Apples
  •       Cooking spices
  •       Brewer's yeast
  •       organ meats
  •       Mushroom
  •       Oatmeal
  •       Prunes
  •       Nuts
  •       Asparagus
  •       Cereals, Vegetables, & fruits

Function:

Chromium's main function is to normalize your blood-glucose levels. Specifically, chromium is the main component of glucose tolerance factor, or GTF, which helps your body utilize insulin better by enabling insulin to extract glucose from your blood and deliver it into the cells for use as energy, explains the University of Maryland Medical Center. Chromium also appears to regulate the cholesterol and triglyceride levels in your blood. As a weight-loss supplement, chromium picolinate seems to help build muscle tissues and burn fat, says the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Recommended Intake

Since it?s a micro-nutrient, you only need a small amount of chromium which can you can get from a balanced diet. Dietary Guidelines recommend an intake of 35 micro grams of chromium for men under 50 years and 30 micro grams for men over 50 years of age. For women the recommendations are 25 micro grams for those 50 and younger and 20 micro grams for those over 50 years of age. Check with your doctor before starting any nutrition and fitness program.

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