Lower Your Blood Sugar
Testing your fasting blood sugar (FBS) measures your risk for diabetes, a chronic disease that can lead to blindness, cardiac disease, kidney failure, nerve problems and an impaired immune system. A fasting blood sugar number above 100 is considered pre-diabetic; treatment measures should be discussed with a physician. Diet can improve your blood sugar. Try these food substitutions.
Food Substitution: Stevia
One teaspoon of sugar is equal to a 4-gram serving. Try stevia, a natural sweetener; it is 15 times sweeter than sugar, but does not cause a sugar spike (and crash). Because it is so sweet, you’re likely to use half as much.
Culprit: Jar of Tomato Sauce
Food Substitution: Canned Whole Tomatoes
Do a little extra work to avoid a hidden dose of sugar found in most prepared tomato sauces, up to 14 grams per cup. Instead, crush canned whole tomatoes to make your own sauce; one cup contains 6 grams of sugar.
Culprit: Barbeque Sauce
Food Substitution: Malt Vinegar
Barbeque sauce and other condiments like ketchup are notoriously high in sugar. Only 2 tablespoons of barbeque sauce contains 22 grams of sugar. To get the same tangy flavor and 0 grams of sugar, try malt vinegar.