Sugar Busters diet


Sugar Busters is a diet book published in 1998 that includes a detailed explanation of the role of insulin in diet and health. Authors H. Leighton Steward, a former CEO, cardiothoracic surgeon Morrison C. Bethea, endocrinologist Samuel Andrews and gastroenterologist Luis A. Balart advocate a diet without refined or simple sugars. The book also includes a glycemic index that allows readers to determine glycemic levels of various foods.

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Diet, type 2 diabetes, glucagon, glycemic index, low carbohydrate diet.


The Sugar Busters diet is based on the idea that sugar causes weight gain. Therefore, foods that contain large amounts of refined sugar should not be eaten or limited.
The diet emphasizes the importance of foods high in fiber like vegetables, lean and trimmed meats, whole grains, fish and fruits.
The diet also suggests baking, broiling or grilling foods. If necessary, canola oil can be used in place of other oils that tend to be high in poly-saturated fats.
Individuals should have three moderately sized meals a day. Snacks can be eaten between meals but should include fruit or nuts.
Fruit is encouraged 30 minutes prior to a meal.
Recommended foods: Meats including lean beef and pork, Canadian bacon, poultry, game meats (e.g. venison), fish and shellfish.
Vegetables including beans, lentils, peas, spinach, lettuce, squash, zucchini, mushrooms, asparagus, artichokes, cabbage, celery, cucumbers, broccoli, brussel sprouts, eggplant and onions.
Fruits including apples, lemons, limes, pears, cherries, raspberries, kiwis, grapefruits, apricots, melons other than watermelon, tomatoes, oranges and tangerines.