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We’ve all experienced those blood sugar spikes, after a carb rich meal. Big holiday feasts come to mind. However, those slices of pizza or that burger and fries for dinner do the same thing. Eating any food raises glucose levels, temporarily, as it should. Our bodies need that fuel. Meals high in sugar and/or fat can cause a build up of glucose in the bloodstream that the body can’t process quickly enough.
Then, after the spike comes the crash as blood sugar levels drop. We feel tired or amazingly, hungry again, even though we just ate recently. We crave more sugar.
Those repeated blood sugar spikes, over time, can put stress on the body and lead to inflammation and diseases such as diabetes.
Drinking a Good Idea Sparkling Mealtime Beverage with a meal helps to balance out those spikes and crashes, in a healthy and all natural way.
A Good Idea from Sweden
The Good Idea Sparkling Mealtime Beverage is the creation of Dr. Rickard Öste and Dr. Elin Östman, the scientific team behind the company. Dr. Öste is a leading European scientist in nutrition and food chemistry. And Dr. Östman is a food scientist focusing on the preventative properties in food, in relationship to lifestyle related diseases.
They found that a proprietary blend of five amino acids and the mineral chromium can provide a 25% – 30% reduction in blood sugar rise, following high carb meals. Clinical studies show that the amino acids help the body process carbohydrates from food in a more productive way. The chromium enables insulin to push the energy from the carbs…glucose…into the cells more efficiently. According to the scientific team, the result is a metabolism that performs better at mealtime, leading to a more controlled blood sugar curve and a body and brain that stay sharp and energized. In other words, no wild spike, no after meal slump and no cravings for sweets after the meal.
The Good Idea Sparkling Mealtime Beverage is simply sparkling water with amino acids and chromium. It comes in three natural flavors…orange-mango, lemon-lime and dragon fruit. The drink is unsweetened, vegan and non GMO with zero calories.
Trying the Product
The company suggests drinking a Good Idea Sparkling Mealtime Beverage before and during a meal, for the best results. The 12 ounce can is perfect for sipping on while prepping a meal and dishing it up, and then finishing while eating.
I appreciated the opportunity to try these drinks from Good Idea. Sugar consumption is exremely low for me now. However, it is a real problem for most people on a typical American diet, as it was for me before embracing a plant based lifestyle. And that high sugar, high fat diet is making us sick.
Vasanti Malik is a research scientist involved with the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health Study. He headed a study on the connection between drinking sugar sweetened beverages and premature death. Malik and his colleagues analyzed the results of studies on 80,000 women between 1980 and 2014 and 38,000 men between 1986 and 2014. His conclusion? The more sugar sweetened drinks people consume, the higher the risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease and secondarily, from cancer.
“Compared with infrequent sugar sweetened beverage drinkers, those who drank two or more servings per day of sugar sweetened beverages had a 31% higher risk of early death from cardiovascular disease. Each additional serving per day was linked with a 10% higher risk of a cardiovascular related death.”
That’s a very sobering statistic.
My Experience with the Good Idea Sparkling Mealtime Beverage
The company sent me an assortment box of 12 cans, containing all three flavors. I tried them all.
My favorite is the orange mango, although the lemon lime and dragon fruit are excellent as well. Because of the sparkling water, these drinks are a superb and healthy replacement for soda. Don’t expect a syrupy sweetness however. The beverages are mildly flavored and sugar and artificial sweetener free.
I appreciate that. I gave up drinking soda years ago. And I drink my herbal teas plain, without sugar or honey added. I like unsweetened. Switching to unsweetened beverages might require a slight adjustment time for those used to sugary drinks.
Print out Malik’s statement above and post it on the refrigerator! Eliminating sugar is so worth the effort, even if it feels like a sacrifice at first. It’s life changing…and life extending.
I’m drinking my Good Idea beverages when I eat a higher carb meal, like gluten free pasta. As I plate my food I begin sipping on the drink and continue drinking through meal time. I’ve noticed that my energy stays steady after my meal, without a spike or a slump, and that I don’t crave anything else to “finish off the meal”. I don’t get the yawns or feel like a nap. All I experience is energy, which is what the body is supposed to do with food…convert it into life sustaining, health boosting energy.
Thank You Good Idea
I’m grateful for the experience of trying the Good Idea Sparkling Mealtime Beverage. I especially appreciate the science behind their product and the company’s desire to increase and support health and wellbeing.
I heartily recommend the beverages, which can be purchased HERE through the company’s website. When you checkout, use this discount code on your purchase and save 30%: cindygo30
Or you can find Good Idea on Amazon. Click the link below. The discount code does not work with Amazon however.
The drinks are a wonderful way to lower blood sugar spikes and create greater health by weaning off of sugary drinks.
Do yourself, and your health, a tremendous favor. Ditch the sugar.
Link for Good Idea Through Amazon
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