Published on Jul 18, 2017
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You see, when we eat carbohydrates, either in the form of sugar, grains, or starch, it all gets converted into glucose. The cells of our muscles end up storing that glucose for later use as energy.
Our pancreas secretes a powerful hormone called insulin in response, which is essential in getting the glucose out of our bloodstream and into our muscle cells and maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. Over time, if we constantly bombard our body with more glucose than required (especially in people who are physically inactive) our muscles slowly begin to resist the insulin’s effectiveness.
Excess sugar remains in our bloodstream with nowhere to go, so our pancreas is then forced to work overtime by producing more insulin to overcome this resistance. Gradually, your pancreas becomes so exhausted from producing enough insulin to maintain healthy blood sugar levels that you end up progressing to full-blown Type II diabetes.
Now, being overweight, having high blood pressure, low levels of physical activity, all accompanied by the natural aging process contribute to insulin resistance.
This may look like a great breakfast to start your day, and if this happens to be close to what your typical breakfast has been for several years, then chances are you’re bombarding your body with excess glucose, taxing your pancreas, spiking your blood sugar levels, and wrecking havoc on the rest of your day… 2 main functions
The two main functions of the Pancreas:
1. Releases enzymes to breakdown macronutrients – fats/protein/carbs
2. Releases insulin to reduce glucose in the bloodstream to maintain a healthy blood sugar level
Having healthy blood sugar levels is key when you’re a man over 40, because this affects your brain function, fat storage, insulin resistance, as well as the likelihood of contracting diabetes.
According to the American Heart Association, the daily sugar allowance for men is 9 tablespoons or 36 grams/150 calories.
Sugar Found In Breakfast #1:
-Whole wheat toast (2 slices) – 4g
-Strawberry jelly (2 tbsp) 18g
-Banana – 14g
-Yogurt – 24 6oz
-OJ – 21g 8oz
-Coffee or Tea (sweetened w/one teaspoon of sugar) – 4g 8oz
TOTAL SUGAR – 85g
Sugar Found In Breakfast #2:
Ezekiel 4:9 ® Sprouted Whole Grain English Muffins – 0g
Strawberries – 7g 1 cup
Greek Yogurt Peach (Yoplait) – 7g 5.3oz
Coffee or Tea (sweetened w/one teaspoon of Stevia) – 0g 8oz
TOTAL SUGAR – 14g
As you can see, orange juice (or any other juice for that matter) has an exorbitant amount of sugar for such a small serving. On the other hand, ounce for ounce, strawberries are slightly higher in vitamin C than orange juice and way lower in sugar content! Just by replacing OJ with strawberries alone, you are giving your pancreas a break by decreasing the amount of insulin it needs to release in order to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
If you love your morning routine and your regular breakfast, I get it. But, if you’re watching this video, you’re at least slightly concerned about diabetes. So begin to build a better breakfast, one food at a time. Start by ditching whole wheat bread, jelly, and juice and replace your banana with strawberries. Your pancreas will love you for it, and over time so will your waistline.
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