Did you know that bitter foods could significantly reduce sugar cravings?
We all know by now that leafy green vegetables are one of nature’s super foods and most nutrient dense, healthful foods. They also can help the liver stimulate bile; and therefore, optimize digestion.
The part that most people are not aware about Green Leaves is that because they are bitter in taste, they can reduce SUGAR and simple carbohydrates cravings. Greens are also loaded with magnesium, the nutrient that aids in blood sugar regulation. Regulating blood sugar levels is the key to reducing sugar cravings.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) sweet and bitter are viewed as opposite flavors – yin vs. yang. TCM food wisdom recommends a balance of tastes in our food for better health. Eating too many sweet foods places the body in a state of imbalance and causes sugar cravings. The best way to balance the body is therefore to increase the consumption of bitter foods.
Enjoy bitter foods with and prior to your meals- such as spinach, parsley, dandelion leaves, radicchio, kale and apple cider vinegar. Start adding more greens to your plates. When you start eating more greens, your taste buds begin to change and the bitterness in the greens will make you much more sensitive to the sweetness of sugar in foods.
Drink water with lemon throughout the day, this will not only keep you hydrated but will also add some bitter flavor. Both actions will help you make better food decisions during the day and eventually will help you to gradually decrease the sugar intake in your diet.
Here is a list of some bitter foods and herbs
- Dark chocolate
- Milk thistle
- Bitter melon and gourd
- Japanese eggplant
- Fenugreek seeds
- Leafy greens
By Susan Gail Farkas.
Graduate of the Acupuncture Program of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Israel, as well as a certified Chinese herbalist and Shiatsu therapist in Israel. She complemented her clinical studies with a practicum at the Hangzhou Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Zhenjiang province of the Republic of China, in the departments of Acupuncture, Massage, and TCM Internal Medicine.
She recently received training to practice Health Counseling at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. She is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and has obtained Continuing Education Units from Purchase College, State University of New York. You can connect with her via Linked In.