Eating too many simple carbohydrates causes blood sugar peaks and valleys

Here's the most important thing you need to know about simple carbohydrates: Due to their "simple" molecular structure, they're digested very quickly and they cause a rapid rise in blood sugar. Your body responds to blood sugar peaks by releasing large amounts of insulin (the hormone responsible for getting the glucose out of the bloodstream and into the cells where it can be used for energy).

When there's a large blood sugar spike, your body tends to "overreact" and produce too much insulin. The insulin quickly clears the glucose from the bloodstream, leading to a sharp drop in blood sugar known as hypoglycemia. Low blood sugar is accompanied by cravings, hunger, weakness, mood swings and decreased energy. The hunger and cravings tend to cause the sugar consumption to perpetuate itself, resulting in a vicious cycle of ups and downs in energy throughout the day.

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