Sugar Impacts of Several Types of Foods

Substituting spaghetti squash for pasta will help lower the risks of the negative impact of sugar on your body. (Flickr)
Substituting spaghetti squash for pasta will help lower the risks of the negative impact of sugar on your body. (Flickr)

Many people would like to lessen sugar’s impact on their body to lose weight and reduce the risk of many health problems, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and even colds and flu.

However, there appears to be a lot of confusion about which foods have the greatest sugar impact. Below are some foods that have a low sugar impact, as well as some ones with a high sugar impact that may be surprising.

Spaghetti Squash

This is a great substitute for regular spaghetti, which has a high sugar impact. Just cut it in half (carefully!) scrape out the; seeds and pulp, oil the cut part, then put each half, cut side down, on a baking sheet and roast at 375 for 40 minutes.

Homemade Salad Dressings

This is a lower sugar impact substitute for bottled salad dressing. Just whisk together one part vinegar (not balsamic) and three parts olive oil and season to taste. Salt and pepper are fine, I also add some Dijon mustard, crushed garlic and Italian Seasoning.

How to Soak Beans

(excerpted from JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet)
If you can, buy your beans dry, and rinse and soak them before cooking them. They’ll be more nutritious, lower in salt and less expensive than canned beans. Soaking also ensures they’ll cook evenly and cuts down on the gas they generate.

There are two main ways to soak beans: the long-soak method and the quick-soak method.

  • Long soak: To long soak, rinse the dried beans, put them in a bowl, and add enough water to cover them by about 3 inches. Then just put them in the fridge overnight, and they will be ready for you to drain, rinse, and cook in the morning.
  • Quick soak: When you’re in a hurry, pour the beans into a large pot and add water until they’re covered by about 3 inches. Boil for 1 minute, then cover and let stand for an hour. When the beans are tender and have doubled in size, they’re done and ready to drain.

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Lorie Johnson

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